Decorating with Flowers 101

DIY guru Alex Morse shares tips for styling florals in your home

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From the kitchen to the bathroom, and every room in between, flowers are one of the easiest ways to brighten up a space and add that pop of color and cheer to your home. Until that first frost, you’re bound to find dahlias, zinnias, snapdragons, and other colorful in-season varieties at your nearby flower farm. Some locations, like Dame Farm and Orchards in Johnston or Four Town Farms in Seekonk, offer pick-your-own at their flower beds, while others like the Dahlia Shed in Middletown or Young Family Farm in Little Compton have pre-made bunches at the ready.

 

STEP 1: CHOOSE AND PREP

If creating your own arrangement, either decide on a color theme or go for the wild and foraged look. Cutting a variety of large and small flowers in a mix of light and dark colors will give you plenty of versatility when arranging at home. Be sure to cut stems on an angle, remove lower foliage, and get them into water quickly for hydration.

 

STEP 2: DESIGN

Grab a few vases, jars, or bottles, and have fun playing florist. Create a flower focal point in each arrangement with a “dinner plate” dahlia, sunflower, or bright zinnia. Cut stems close to your container for a “full” look. Fill in with assorted smaller flowers and greenery like the buds on stems, which add great dimension.

 

STEP 3: PLACEMENT

Place arrangements in unexpected places – on shelves, at the bathroom sink. For an effective display, corral filled vases and jars on a decorative tray, use stacked books to add height, and add dimension with elements like lanterns and candles.

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