As the dark days of winter drag on, look to nature to give interiors (and spirits) a lift. While talk of flowers may conjure images of balmy summer months – peonies, roses, meadows moving in the breeze – bringing blooms and foliage into your home in winter is one of the easiest ways to warm and transform a space. So here are our top tips to make the most of winter florals, whatever your budget.
Foliage is your friend
With fewer flowers in bloom at this time of year, consider crafting winter arrangements that centre on foliage. Berries, silver brunia, pine cones or simply a vase of overflowing greenery can make a stylishly simple statement. Start with a canvas of fir or eucalyptus, both of which are readily available and reasonably priced, and build from there. Or for those who live in the countryside, some considerately sourced elderberry, holly and ivy will make a great base for a winter bouquet.
When you do come to add florals, look past the expensive forced stems and ask your local florist for their best seasonal flowers. Winter jasmine, witch hazel, ranunculus and ruby-red or white amaryllis are exquisite options. And while the festive season may be behind us, hellebore – the so-called Christmas rose – is still in beautiful bloom. Delicate yet hardy, they’ve become the hero of winter brides. Remember, shopping locally and seasonally will help save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Break the colour mould
You’ll find it harder to source your go-to summer shades at this time of year, so put pastels on hold and take the plunge with a rich winter palette of orange, red and aubergine. Whether you choose just one accent colour, or a complementary spectrum, these bold hues will look fantastic against a backdrop of deep greens and winter whites.
Keep it short and simple
A neat way to elevate affordable blooms is to cut them short and display them in an eclectic selection of bud vases. Keep your greenery tall and punctuate with trimmed-down supermarket roses or carnations, dotting around the house in twos or threes.
It’s all in the mix
A trick our RoomLab founder and interior designer Suzann swears by is to mix things up. Complement seasonal foliage and flowers with one or two of your must-have stems – like hydrangea – then add faux palms, grasses and greenery. You could also consider adding real or artificial fruits, like oranges or pomegranates (Oka has a great range of these). And for smaller bouquets, woody herb stems like thyme and rosemary will lift dark corners and smell wonderful.
Whether you’re looking to spread a little cheer at home, or share the love with a beautiful Valentine’s bouquet, follow these steps and your winter florals will rival even their brightest summer siblings.
And for more tips and tricks to help you shift with the seasons (and shop more sustainably) get in touch with the RoomLab team.