Style & Nature
From an article in Greyfox Prestige Magazine
PAULINE BROWN OF BESPOKE FLORIST SUNBURY ON STEMS, EXPLAINS HOW FLOWERS CAN DRAMATICALLY ENHANCE ANY HOME’S AMBIENCE.
From the time I owned my first home, I have always had fresh flowers in the house, from a simple bunch of daffodils brightening up a kitchen window to larger more contemporary arrangements making a statement in the hall.
Flowers have the ability to enhance the feel of a room, they can soften, brighten, create focal points, drama or simply complement their surroundings.
The choice of container, vase or planter is often just as important as the flowers, arrangement or design style itself. In a Victorian building for example, where care has been taken to preserve original features, the best choice of container will include glazed ceramic vases or traditional urns; whereas simple shaped plain glass, metal or matt finished containers tend to work better in a more modern and contemporary home, Some say the vase or container shouldn't overwhelm the floral arrangement, but to create a more modern effect, don’t be afraid to experiment.
When we are bought flowers, we often have a favourite place to put a vase or arrangements, but to preserve the life of the flowers, it is worth experimenting to find out what flowers work best in the different rooms of your home, taking into account space, temperature, lighting, drafts, visibility and practicality.
If you are buying an arrangement or separate bunches of flowers, try and give your florist as much information as possible about where you are planning to put them, this will help you both discuss the right dimensions – for example, an arrangement for a dining table would be designed quite differently to an arrangement for a narrow mantelpiece.
Walking into an entrance hall and finding your eyes drawn to a beautiful fresh flower arrangement can be as alluring to potential buyers (and admirers of your home) as the old wife’s take of putting fresh coffee on to stimulate the sense of smell. Flowers in the lounge, either prominently displayed on a coffee table in the centre of the room, or on a sideboard, add a little hint of glamour to their surroundings.
A secret indulgence of mine is having fresh flowers in the bedroom, these are just for me, beautiful to wake up to.
Pauline Brown is the owner of sunbury on stems, a bespoke and lifestyle florist based in Surrey.