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Enchanted garden: Matching flowers to interiors

Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking,” you may be thinking. We’re not ones to subscribe to clichés, but if there’s a perfect timing to dress up your residence in lush greenery and colourful flowers, spring is it.

As we bid adieu to winter and store our layers of jackets away, our wardrobes aren’t the only things that need transformation. Our living spaces need some TLC as well. Flowers can definitely give a new lease of life to home interiors, reflecting the seasons, and bringing the gardens indoors.

Add a touch of colour to an all-white interior. (Image credit: Decoholic)

“Flowers foster our imagination and makes an apartment a lot more welcoming. It’s the same advice I give my clients who want to opt for artificial flowers for events, the atmosphere is just not the same without real ones,” says Izyan Mellyna from Elly Floral Artistry, an event planner who specialises in fresh flower set-ups for events.

Matching flowers to different interior styles

While bright coloured sunflowers can give your apartment a more cheery vibe, pastel roses mixed with darker foliage lend a sophisticated look. The types of flowers you choose, along with their hues, make a huge difference. These should be taken into consideration to match the overall theme of your interiors. 

Contrast pastel blooms with darker fillers for a dramatic and sophisticated look. (Image credit: Immy + Indi)

Mellyna recommends avoiding daintier flowers such as lilies and tulips, if you have an industrial theme for your home, as they “tend to give off a very soft mood and effect that doesn’t fit into an industrial template”. For this, consider using edgier flowers such as anemones and freesias.

Anemones complement industrial interiors as they’re not too soft. (Image credit: Domino)

If you’re all for Scandinavian-themed interiors, you have a wider range of options. Mellyna suggests having an arrangement of roses, peonies, dahlias and carnations with some eucalyptus leaves as foliage. These will result in a breathtaking combination for your coffee table — which also makes a great background for your Instagram photos. Let’s be real here, we’re doing it for the “likes”.

“For a rustic-inspired home, recycle your glass jars and use them to hold your flowers,” adds Mellyna. “Have two to three recycled glass jars of varying sizes and textures with dried lavender in them, and display them on your dining table, amping up the rustic feel.”

Vases as centrepieces 

Art-deco inspired vase from Taylor B.

While crystal glass vases always work, add some edge to your apartment by experimenting with different vases. After all, the vases you use make a statement as much as the flowers themselves. 

Home decor retailer Taylor B has a range of uber-chic vases that’ll make amazing centrepieces in any apartment. Additionally, check out Asiatique for unique, quality pieces inspired by nature. Who knows, the flowers might just end up being an excuse.

Make your blooms last longer

It’s no secret that flowers, unless artificial ones, do not last long. While weekly trips to the florist and changing up the flowers in your home can be a soul-cleansing routine, you should preserve your beautiful blooms to the best of your capabilities. You know, so you can appreciate the flowers a little while longer.

Match your flowers with your coffee table books. (Image credit: Elly Floral Artistry)

Follow these tips to make your flowers last longer:

  1. Use warm water, as stems take in warm water more easily than cold water.
  2. Cut stems in a slanted angle. 
  3. Avoid overcrowding a vase with flowers. Less is more. 
  4. Condition your flowers to make them last twice as long: Place them in a bucket full of water in a cool dark place and leave them for at least 5-6 hours overnight. This will allow the stems to fill up with water and the flowers become crisp. 
  5. Use flower preservatives.
  6. Change the water and re-cut the stems at an angle daily.

Now, you can stop and literally smell the roses before you rush off for a hectic day of work in the morning.

Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
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