What are fresh flowers for? They’re for making your home naturally lovely, of course! We’ve invited top interiors blogger Rebecca Sterling of Roses & Rolltops to give us her tips for displaying flowers in the home…
Hello! I’m Rebecca and quite frankly I’m obsessed with having flowers in the house at all times. Whether they’re a home grown bunch I’ve snipped from the garden to display in little jam jars or if I’m treating myself to something a larger bouquet (or a Freddie’s box!) I’d love to share with you some of the ways that flowers brighten up the home:
1. Use flowers for colour-splashes
I’m boring with décor and my style, choosing neutral, timeless colours and plain patterns to play it safe. But this means that I can then accessorise with a constant stream of fresh flowers for colour that I can change easily, depending on my mood and the season, and won’t get sick of. Flowers are the easiest and quickest way to update your interiors and will instantly give a fresh new look to a space.
You can either choose colours to tone and coordinate with your existing décor, choosing a shade that matches in with a painting on the wall or cushions. Or to contrast and compliment, a yellow pop of sunflowers against grey for example.
2. Be seasonal
I choose flowers based on the seasons. In the spring I want bright scented daffodils and pastel tulips to brighten the grey cold days but then as summer comes it’s allll about pink peonies, stocks and roses. The end of summer will always mean sunflowers to me and as we move into autumn I want more dusky warmer tones with hydrangeas and autumn pickings like blackberries, autumn leaves and pumpkins.
3. Respect the receptacles!
I love how different types of blooms encourage me to think of new, fun ways to display them each week. From old fashioned marmalade pots to washed up Bonne Maman jam jars, upcycled candle jars or the more traditional glass vases or vintage jugs, you can create some pretty displays of fresh flowers around the home by mixing it up and being creative with what you display them in as well as how you arrange them.
4. Split your fresh flowers
While big displays can look instantly impressive, so can splitting bouquets into smaller displays of fresh flowers. Cut flowers down to different sizes and group either individually or make lots of mini bouquets to scatter around the home.
5. Put fresh flowers in unexpected places
Think outside the box on where you display flowers. Of course the kitchen island, a lounge mantle piece or coffee table tend to be the places that you associate with creating displays. But smaller bunches on a bedside table or even on a shelf in the hallway, as part of a bookcase display or in a bathroom by the sink will make you smile when you wake up or walk past them.
6. Follow your nose
Think about scented varieties to bring another element into your décor instead of relying on candles or diffusers to make your rooms smell nice. You can’t beat the heady scent of narcissi in the spring or summery sweet peas.
But remember, whatever your choice of flower and however you choose to display them, you really can’t go wrong. It’s not like a paint colour that you may land up regretting, it’s not vastly expensive, and when you think about flowers in the wild – any colour goes. Nature never gets it wrong. All flowers are so pretty so enjoy enjoy enjoy! And when they’re finished, go get the next bunch…