Consider the room for your blooms. / Patti Chronert/Getty Images
Fresh flowers that are thoughtfully arranged “give your home an inviting look better than any other accent,” says Tony Conway of A Legendary Event, an Atlanta-based company. Try these simple tricks to make any farmers market or store-bought bouquet stand out:
Focus on the room.
Consider where they’ll be displayed. “You don’t want to overwhelm a small room,” says Conway, “so selecting one type, such as peonies or roses — and placing one bloom each into half a dozen delicate little containers, such as old perfume bottle, can look stunning.” On the other hand, one large overflowing vase will work better in an open, airy room.
Keep to one color.
Rather than going for the bouquet that has every type of flower, stick to one color scheme. “Too many colors confuse the eye and reduce the impact.” says Conway. If the grocery-store bouquet has everything in it, simply dismantle and try to group various color palettes separately, such as blues or yellows, and then display your new bouquets in different areas. “Also pull out all the baby’s breath and place it in its own container, such as a silver bud vase, for a bigger impact.”
Think outside the vase.
Containers can showcase your creative side and tell a story. “I collect martini glasses, so I’ll fill half a dozen with water, cut the stems off gardenias, and float one blossom in each glass,” says Conway. “It always starts a conversation at dinner parties.” Mix and match your containers like you do your china or silverware and display flowers in water glasses, jelly jars0, teacups and even champagne bottles.
Layer in texture.
“You can add fillers from your yard, such as fig leaves or magnolia branches, to help balance out your new arrangements,” says Conway. You can also add texture by filling the bottom of the vase with, say, sea glass collected from the beach or pea gravel from your driveway.
Add a special touch.
Tie an old ribbon around the bouquet or vase, and dress it up by sewing on antique buttons or pinning on a brooch. “I also love to fill a tall cylinder vase with similar shades of in-season fruit, such as oranges and kumquats, and top with a bundle of flowers in the same scheme, such as coral roses or peonies, for a pop of color,” says Conway.