There’s a new styling trend in town and we’re obsessed!
Dried flowers have made a huge come back recently, and we have to be honest…we’re totally obsessed with them!
There are so many different textures and colours, so there is something to suit everyone’s style.
We’ll give you a few ideas on how to incorporate dried flowers into your next styling session, PLUS we have some expert tips from our favourite florist
Almost Forever Flowers
Unlike fresh flowers, dried flowers will last a long time…not quite forever, but a few good years at least. And while we still love fresh flowers, it’s kind of hard to go past the abundance of gorgeous dried flowers and foliage that are around at the moment.
The options are almost endless, and that’s why they are an amazing styling tool. Not only is there an array of colours, but the natural textures are absolutely stunning. You may be thinking that dried flowers and foliage are just for beachy, boho style homes…well, we say think again!
So, if you’re looking for more modern styles, try something like palm fronds. They come in a range of sizes, and their structured, linear shapes make them perfect for a more minimal vibe. Other great options are things like billy buttons, natural coloured love grass, even dried twigs and sticks look amazing when placed in a large glass vessel.
But if you are into beachy vibes (like us!) try a few of our favourites like:
Expert Tip – Haylee from Huckleberry Flowers suggests that firstly, you decide on how you want the flowers to feel in the room. Do you want them to make an impact and lift the space? Maybe you want them to blend in and be the finishing touch. Or maybe you need them to calm down the space a little? Once you’ve decided, try and start a moodboard with your fave inspo.
Bringing the Outside In
Seems like we’re all obsessed with bringing the outdoors in. Even more than ever, we seek the calming effect that nature brings to our homes. Whether it’s with plants, natural aromatherapy oils, or even potted herbs in the kitchen, it somehow gives us a connection to nature.
Therefore, it makes sense for you to venture out and bring some outside-in! You can easily create your own dried and foliage at home. It’s actually really simple. Take a walk around your neighbourhood (make sure you ask your lovely neighbour before you clip anything though!!) or parks and see if you can find some foliage you like. Things like eucalyptus, fern fronds, banksia and even lavender all dry really well.
Then simply hang them upside down in a warm, dry, dark area away from direct sun and moisture. Also, provide good air circulation, and in around 2 – 3 weeks, you have DIY dried foliage!
However, if you’re like us and need help from the professionals, take your moodboard, inspo pics and even images of the space, to your trusted florist. After all, floristry is a visual art form, and a great florist will have an eye for design and will be able to help you!
Design Tip – Haylee from Huckleberry Flowers says not to be afraid of trying something new. Your florist will help you experiment with different textures, colours, and styles that will suit your space perfectly.
Not Just For Indoors
While you may only be thinking of using dried flowers or foliage inside your home, they can also be used outside.
You probably shouldn’t put any delicate or fragile arrangements outside, but think outside the box. Try large palm fronds as a feature in your outdoor space! They make the perfect styling piece for your undercover pergola or verandah. Trim off any straggly bits and try arranging them in a cute way to break up a blank wall or privacy screening. You can even get creative with the way you install them. Sure, you could just nail them to the wall…but what about using some large gold hooks from the hardware store. Or even some natural jute rope to suspend them from the ceiling!
If you don’t have a huge outdoor space, try a few fronds in a tall, oversized pot. Arrange them in the same way you would do a floral arrangement in a vase. Some height at the back, a few different textures and colours. The possibilities are endless!
Handle With Care
Even thought dried flowers are somewhat preserved, some are still quite fragile, and do need a little TLC to keep them looking beautiful.
It is suggested that you keep them out of direct sunlight, as this can cause them to deteriorate. By keeping them in a well-lit room, it will help keep any mold at bay. So if you are using them in a bathroom, take them out once a week and let them sit in a well-ventilated room for the day, to help keep them dry.
Another way to keep your dried flowers looking great is to give them a dust off once a month. Grab a very soft feather duster or even a soft makeup brush, and give them a gentle dusting. They will look like new again!
Above all, don’t get your dried flowers wet as this can severely damage them and could also cause mold to spread.
Like anything that you bring into your home, try and make sure it suits your style and you simply can’t go wrong.
And finally, because dried flowers and foliage are relatively inexpensive, you can really have fun and play around with lots of different colours, textures, and styles.
So if you are looking for a new look for your bedroom, living room or bathroom, home office (anywhere really!) give dried flowers a try!
As always, make sure you tag us into any of your latest styling and design projects…