Bringing fresh flowers into your home will not only bring the interiors alive, it will also bring in more joy and inspiration into our homes.
When you think about most of the major moments in your life, wouldn’t you agree that freshly cut flowers have somehow always been part of that day. We use them to celebrate precious moments, such as the arrival or a new life, or a new love blossoming. So, why not bring them home regularly to add a hint of freshness to your décor?
A Rutgers University study found that having flowers in your home increased happiness, reduces depression and anxiety and actually can increase emotional contact with friends and family. A separate study by Harvard University found the same results – increased compassion, feeling less negative, and more energy at work.
Here’s how bringing fresh flowers into your home can help:
Have you ever noticed, that when you are around beautiful blossoms, you feel pretty great. The same principle applies when bringing fresh flowers to do up your home. The sweet smell of a blossom can remind us of happy spring days as a child. The glimpse of a rose can transport you back to your wedding day. On a dark winter day, flowers will remind you that spring is not far away.
Brighter colors that give us energy are those that focus on energy from the inside out. Flowers in yellows and oranges really pump those feelings up. Think sunflowers, gerberas, and gladioli. On the other hand, flowers in white are not only soothing to the eye but also to the senses. Consider tulips and gorgeous lilies for special occasions and tuberoses for everyday décor.
Put flowers where you’re going to see them often. It depends on what rooms you spend the most time in.
In the bedroom:
For instance, keeping fresh flowers on your nightstand will immediately leave you feeling fresh upon waking up. |
In the living room:
Keeping flowers in the living room are a must. They not only add an instant element of décor to your home but also keeps the atmosphere in the room fresh and vibrant.
In the kitchen area:
Always keep flowers on the kitchen table. Sometimes this can be just a small grocery-store bouquet; at other times, it could be a flowering herb. It brightens up our kitchen and makes us feel finished, settled and snug in a way that a clean kitchen alone cannot.
Don’t throw away those last drops of soda. Pour about 1/4 cup into the water in a vase full of cut flowers. The sugar in the soda will make the blossoms last longer. Note: If you have a clear vase and want the water to remain clear, use a clear soda, like Sprite or 7-Up.
Apple cider vinegar:
Everyone likes to keep cut flowers around as long as possible, and there are several good methods. One way is to mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with the vase water before adding the flowers. Be sure to change the water (with more vinegar and sugar, of course) every few days to enhance your flowers’ longevity.
Make your own preservative to keep cut flowers fresh longer. Dissolve 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar per quart (liter) of warm water. When you fill the vase, make sure the cut stems are covered by 3-4 inches (7-10 centimeters) of the prepared water. The sugar nourishes the plants, while the vinegar inhibits bacterial growth. You’ll be surprised how long the arrangement stays fresh.
A spritz of hairspray can help your cut flowers look fresh longer. Stand a foot away from the bouquet and give them a quick spray, just on the undersides of the leaves and petals.
Clean your vases with warm soapy water and a bottle brush. Fill hard-to-clean vases with water and add a dissolvable Disprin tablet for a sparkling clean.
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