10 tips for the freshest floral looks

With the warm weather and flowers blooming, many homeowners may be looking for interesting and creative ways to display florals.

Flowers don’t just have to be placed in a vase and can be real or artificial, both potentially as beautiful. While fresh flowers are fragrant and gorgeous, artificial arrangements may be an attractive, maintenance-free home decor option.

When looking to incorporate florals into your home decor, here are some top Design Recipes tips.


Look for color and texture. Flowers are a wonderful opportunity to create interest.

Consider nonfloral options such as succulents and grasses, which can be very appropriate for modern environments.

Consider using pure white. In certain environments, white flowers can feel really crisp, clean and fresh.

Experiment with different types of vessels and containers. Often opaque or graphic patterns can create interest.

Consider using floral arrangements of different heights in your space. It can really help to create an increased sense of drama.


Just use clear glass vases and containers. Use your vases as an opportunity to bring color into your decor.

Dismiss artificial florals as an option. The artificial floral industry has come a long way with host of very realistic and attractive options.

Forget to use blooms in even small areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Overdo it. Too many flowers in a space can come across as overpowering and unappealing.

Just stick to traditional colors. Black flowers and even those that are in interesting or mixed shades may be appealing and attractive.


Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com .