There's nothing like a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers to tie it all together. Flowers can be used to add that final spark of life to every room. Here are some colorful, lively floral decorating tips.
Your supermarket, according to ShelterPop, stocks fresh-cut flowers that cost a fraction of what the florist charges, but the bouquets lack grace and style. If you take apart those banal bunches of blooms, however, and remember a few quick lessons, you'll be able to transform the most common supermarket flowers into charming centerpieces.
Red roses and red carnations seem more vibrant when accented with a few sprigs of bright yellow solidago.
Or you can go monochromatic. All the bouquet's pink blooms -- alstroemeria, carnations, lilies, and daisies -- are pulled out, cut short, and rearranged in a cylindrical vase.
Contrasting textures also brighten up a room. Orange alstroemeria is paired with hypericum berries for a lush and bold autumnal bouquet. The marriage of smooth, round berries and spiky flowers proves that opposites attract.
Always remember to be your own florist. Red roses are always available, and more often than not they're sold with unnecessary greenery and baby's breath. Feel free to cut out the extras.
Bear in mind, though, that the minute the blooms are cut, it's a race to keep them looking their best. Follow these six simple tips -- courtesy of sister site ShelterPop -- to increase their longevity.
Roses in an arrangement are known for drooping within days, while delicate flowers like gardenias and hydrangeas fade almost immediately. But there are a few ways to make flowers last longer, including selecting blooms that aren't prone to wilting and using a few tried-and-true methods for keeping them vibrant.