When it comes to dried florals, they are one of the hottest trends of the last few years and the good news is they look like they’re here to stay.
I personally love dried floral arrangements as they add impact, texture and colour to a space and best of all you don’t have to water them, meaning they’re a great investment as they can potentially last forever!
A struggle many people have and a question I get asked often is, how do I style my home with dried flowers?
In this latest post, I share my top tips on creating the perfect floral arrangement for your home, how to choose a colour palette and style, the best ways to care for dried flowers and much more.
Easy tips for creating a dried flower arrangement
Decide on the type of vessel (vase) you would like to use appropriate to the style of bouquet you want to create.
Top Tip – An easy way to get dried flowers to stand up straight is to fill the inside (the base) of a vessel with chicken wire as you can place flowers in the holes no matter how large the stem is.
If you’d like to dry your own blooms, choose flowers that aren’t completely open yet (as they’ll continue to open as they dry), trim any excess foliage, use a string to group the flowers into small bunches and hang upside down in a cool, dark and dry place.
To assemble and arrange them, place the tallest foliage in first and then continue to add dried flowers, leaves or twisted branches trimming the stem lengths as you go to create a shape or design that you like.
Give the arrangement symmetry and impact by balancing out the larger flowers with medium and smaller sized flowers that have different colours, shapes and textures.
How to choose a colour palette for a dried floral arrangement
Consider the type of season you are in as this may influence what types of flowers you choose. For example, summer often attracts us to cooler colours such as blues, greens and neutrals whereas winter lends itself to warmer colours such as reds, oranges and yellows.
Decide on the look and feel you would like to create, such as coastal, vintage or native and think about the flowers that could be used to create these looks. For example dried palms are often used to create a relaxed coastal vibe.
Choosing colours that are different tones and shades of the same colour palette will create a harmonious look or for a more dramatic affect choose colours that are opposite to each other on the colour wheel.
Care and cleaning tips
To maintain dried foliage keep it out of direct sunlight, heating or fan forced air conditioning as this will cause the colour to fade quicker or leaves/flowers to shed.
Clean regularly by gently wiping leaves or another trick of the trade is to set a hairdryer to its lowest speed and use it to blow away any dust that’s accumulated.
Best flowers for drying or styling
When choosing flowers to dry yourself or purchase to style with, consider low maintenance types that will dry thoroughly such as:
- Pampas Grass
- Cotton Wheat
- Baby’s Breath
- Twisted Willow Branches
- Tallow Berry
- Sculptural Twigs
- Palm leaf
Best places in the home to feature dried floral arrangements
Dried florals are pretty versatile and can be used anywhere in the home, but if it’s a statement you’re wanting to make, consider creating a bouquet as a centre piece for a dining table or a wall hanging for a large empty wall space.
Larger style dried palms or smaller spear palms look beautiful styled in a vase as do eucalyptus and many other types of dried native flowers.
If you enjoyed this post and would like to find more DIY decorating ideas for the home, check out the blog post – ‘DIY decorating ideas to do in isolation’