Flowers and plants are a great addition to any room in the household. They add an instant injection of life and color to our homes, which not only elevates tired décor; it makes us feel more upbeat.
Whether you opt for simple green foliage or an over-the-top floral centerpiece, both (when used in the right way) can create a striking effect and neither need cost the earth.
Purple Sweet Peas
Arrangements in the dining room echo a New York farmhouse's deep purple living room. Paired with lavender glassware and linens, full-petaled sweet peas, and anemones add their own shot of color.
Bright Pink Peonies
A bright bouquet of vibrant peonies (as seen here in a San Francisco home designed by Martha Angus and Katie McCaffrey) is an easy way to wake up a neutral room.
Bluebells and Marigolds
Designer Heather Taylor recreated the motif on her great-grandmother's plates for a garden party's bouquets. "Even if guests don't notice the reference, it's a lovely detail that adds a fun symmetry," she says of the bluebells and marigolds.
A neutral bouquet can complement a bright backdrop. In a Palm Beach bedroom painted Benjamin Moore's Salmon Peach, white tulips also pick up on the apple green accents.
Orange and White
Orange isn't just for Halloween. Photographer and author Ngoc Minh Ngo collaborated with floral designer Nicolette Owen to design a citrus-y spring tablescape, placing flowers in small containers of varying heights and styles.
Balance a sparse bunch of flowers with overflowing bowls of fruit
Fill up an empty space with a towering arrangement, like the grouping of cherry blossoms in this colorful farmhouse. If you use clear glass, the stems are visible and part of the design.
Green and Yellow
Masculine spaces can stand a flower or two.