With Summer in full swing, it’s time to look outdoors for home décor inspiration. Flowers are the perfect way to inject life into your home and add a pop of colour to your space. With endless species in a spectrum of hues, it’s easy to find the perfect bunch to complement any room or interior style. Whether you’re keen to pick the finest blooms from Columbia Flower Market or prefer to forage stems from your garden, the best bit about decorating with flowers is you can spend as little or as much as you want.

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1. Fresh blooms

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The obvious way to style flowers is by arranging them into a beautiful bouquet. You can go for one statement display or group multiple vases together to create a real showstopper. When picking your flowers, think about your personal style. Do you prefer things to be ordered and uniform or do you crave a bit more spontaneity?  My favourite displays are ones that look just-picked – think lots of greenery and meadow-like blooms. It’s also wise to select a colour palette before you begin and have a vase in mind to house the arrangement.

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2. Dried florals

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If you’re lucky enough to have your own garden, then money isn’t an issue when it comes to flowers, but it can be a costly business if you’re buying them each week. So, why not preserve them by drying out the stems? Start by gathering the flowers and foliage together with a rubber band. With larger blossoms, such as hydrangea, it’s often best to dry them individually. Then hang the blooms upside down in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. The petals will shrink and change colour but they will turn into beautiful, vintage hues. It normally takes two to three weeks to dry them completely.

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To style, either leave the flowers hanging upside down and create a stunning aerial display, or simply place them back in a vase.

3. Pressed petals

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Looking to preserve your foliage but lacking room to create a dry-hanging station? Why not press petals in books and frame them in glass. Make them extra-special by selecting flowers from your bridal bouquet or opting for exotic blooms picked on holiday. They’ll be a memento to treasure forever.

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