The perfect personal finishing touches to a room are the accents. Flowers, no matter fresh or faux, add a beautiful pop of color and texture to any surface. The first step is to decide if you want to use fresh cut, dried out or silk flowers.
Fresh cut flowers need daily monitoring in order to trim wilting buds and refresh cloudy water. These flowers need to be accessible for watering, so place the vase on a table or mantle that can be reached by hand for later. Flowers need sunlight, so make sure there is a window with sufficient light nearby. A group of yellow sunflowers in a tall vase is an excellent gender neutral accent and look great against any color wall.
Dried floral arrangements are beautiful home accents but need to be placed away from busy areas since they are delicate and may break or shed upon touch. Hung on the wall high off the ground is ideal, so children and small pets are not tempted to play with them. Red roses and white baby’s breath are popular in dried arrangements. Create your own bouquet by purchasing fresh flowers and hanging them upside down in a dark room, such as the interior of a closet. If hung in a well lit room, the colors of the flowers will fade significantly. After the flowers are dry, arrange them in a simple vase or bowl and place them on a coffee or end table.
Silk flowers do not need tending to, but upon close inspection most people can tell they are not real. Arrangements are best multicolored and large, consisting of many types of flowers, leaves and decorative twigs to draw attention away from the fact they are fake. Create your own arrangement after purchasing individual silk flowers at your local craft store. Inexpensive, pre-made silk arrangements are sold where you purchase individual silk flowers as well as discount stores that have a home goods section.
Mix up dried arrangements, silk flowers and fresh cut stem bouquets around your house for beautiful floral accents that will last for years to come. Make sure to tend to your fresh flowers and check periodically on the dried and silk flowers for color fading.