Spring is finally in bloom! After a few false starts, the spring season has decided to stick around for a while here in Kirkland’s home state of Tennessee. Now is the time to start thinking spring decorations and home decor. And what better way to bring in the season of growth and renewal than with an assortment of spring flowers?
How To Decorate With Spring Flowers
When decorating with spring flowers, the first thing to remember is that there is more than one type; it’s not all tulips and daffodils out there, after all. Don’t be afraid to have a little variety in your floral displays; choose from geraniums, hyacinths, irises, pansies, peonies, poppies, violets, and a wealth of others. Also, when dreaming up arrangements, have a little fun by choosing different flower types in hues of the same color. It’s an easy way to add a striking color accent to any room without overpowering your color palette. Lastly, when you’re creating your flower arrangements, try to decide what type of look and feel you’re going for in each room. Do you want a handful of stems in a slim vase for a simple, classic look? Or would you rather opt for a bountiful bouquet of various spring flowers bursting out of a wicker basket? It all depends on the room and your own personal style.
Spring Flowers By Room
Living Room: A number of furniture pieces frequently found in living rooms can benefit from a colorful floral accent. Let’s start at the center of the room with the coffee table; a centerpiece of spring flowers is a great way to set the mood upon entering, and it can be as simple as a couple of stems in a slender glass vase. You can also go a slightly more elaborate route and float a few gardenia or daisy blossoms on top of a thin layer of water in one of Kirkland’s many decorative bowls. After the sun goes down, you can even add a floating candle for some nice ambiance. Depending on the size of the bowl, this arrangement could also work for an end table or accent table. If your living room has a mantel you’d like to decorate, opt for smaller tabletop vases and simple one- to two-flower arrangements in them; you don’t want to overpower what usually ends up being the focal point in the room.
Kitchen / Dining Room: The most obvious place for spring flowers in this setting is as a centerpiece on the dining table. However, there are some rules to keep in mind. The flowers are merely decoration, not distraction; keep them subtle. Also, the attraction of the dinner table is the company and the conversation; if your centerpiece hinders the view of anyone sitting at the table, it’s too much. It’s probably best to stick with a flower basket on this one. Spring flowers are also a great decoration for a bar or island top when it’s not being used for serving or preparing. As it’s still a highly utilized surface, keep your floral sparse; a small vase of stems or a single bouquet should do. Finally, you can add greenery to your decor and your meals by growing herbs in small pots on your kitchen window sill.
Bedroom: Spring flowers are a fantastic way to add a pop of color to your bedroom without overdoing it on the accent colors. Add a few stems in a skinny vase to your nightstand and save the bouquet for your dresser—particularly if your dresser is in front of a mirror. The reflective quality of the mirror gives the illusion that there is more there than there actually is (which is one of the reasons why mirrors are so useful in small spaces, but that’s another article). Also, for a nice decorative (and romantic) touch, place a single stem or pair of stems on your bed after your finish making it for the day.
Bathroom: Space is always a concern in the bathroom, so keep that in mind when decorating with flowers. A small bouquet works well on a bathroom vanity, particularly if you have a double vanity and can place it between the two sinks. If not, choose a corner and let your bathroom mirror do its work (much like my bedroom dresser suggestion above). Also, if you have a garden tub, a vase with flowers in one corner combined with flower petals along the edges goes a long way; add a candle or two and you’ve got a haven of instant relaxation.
The flowers you use don’t have to be real, though. Faux flowers aren’t what they used to be; they can look and feel just like the real thing, only without all the maintenance. With artificial flowers, like the ones that make up the Brilliant Blooms collection from Kirkland’s, you won’t have to worry about your floral arrangements losing an ounce of color all season long. They’ll be just as beautiful on day 65 as they were on day 1. Plus, the stems in this collection are fully posable, making it easy and fun to create all kinds of interesting arrangements.