Social calendars be gone, staying at home is on everyone's agenda the past months. And with that, we saw so many home improvements planned out in the hopes of having a richer experience at home. But with all these projects lined up, it's only a matter of time before you can feel it denting your wallets. So what's an uncomplicated and affordable way to spruce up your homes? We present you, dried flowers!
Dried plants and blooms have been an emerging home interior trend since last year and has been an easy choice to decorate one's home. Sarah Yu, owner of dried flowers business Pretty Withered, shares with Preview that she has loved fresh flowers ever since. Unfortunately, she also found them too impractical (not to mention tedious) and expensive to sustain at home. This sparked her interest on dried flowers that actually require zero maintenance. "You don't have to worry too much [about dried flowers]," she says. "You can enjoy them for a long span of time so it's a very good investment."
The same easy and undemanding traits swept off Flowers By Namu owner Nicole Uy. She tells us that there are rarely any downsides on hopping on the bandwagon. What she advises, though, is to treat the flowers with extra gentle hands. "Ideally, put them in a safe spot where there is minimal movement, wind, or light. Not directly under the sun because the color tends to change. There's a big chance these could last a lifetime, depending on how it was dried and how they are kept," she adds.
Thinking of trying this popular decor trend? Here some tips from these two florists:
1. Go for easy-to-acquire blooms on your first dabble.
These include dried roses, statice, lavender, and filler pieces like eucalyptus, bunny tails, misty blue.
2. Keep it simple and have a palette in mind.
Stick to mixing one to two types of flowers at a time. While you're at it, work out a color palette to keep the arrangement cohesive and easy on the eyes.
3. Don't forget to trim and consider the vase you'll use.
Before buying flower bundles, it helps that you have first chosen the vase you'll put them in. This helps you plan the colors you need that won't compete with the vase. Then, you'll want to trim off the excess stems and thorns (if there are any) before you carefully arrange them in a vase.
4. Mind where you'll keep it.
As Nicole mentioned, you have to put your dried flowers in a place where it will receive little to zero disturbance to keep them in tip-top shape. Otherwise, your blooms may become crusty and even change colors due to sun exposure. Don't let harsh wind blow away your precious flowers, too!
Now, if you're not yet ready to DIY your first dried flower arrangement, we found seven local shops that will happily present you with beautiful options! Click the video below to find out!