The Dried Flower Trend: Can Your Home Pull It Off?

You are not dreaming. These days, dried flowers can be found almost anywhere—in storefront windows, home décor magazines, and sometimes even in vases dotted around your own house.

A dried bouquet can offer a certain "je ne sais quoi" to an otherwise bland room, but it may not be a trend for everyone.

How can you apply the dried flower trend to your own home decor, and where did it come from? To get the inside scoop on this newest look that is having a significant moment, we chatted with various designers.

What makes dried flowers popular?

Decorating with substantial bouquets of dried flowers is not a novel concept. In fact, it was a common sight throughout the mauve-rich, feather-obsessed 1980s. And just now, the trend of dried flowers is enjoying its most recent revival.

Along with everything else that defines the 1980s, such as rounded, overstuffed furniture, brass, and an abundance of wallpaper, the trend has been brewing for a while. A more affordable and low-maintenance approach to adding texture and color to any environment is by using dried flowers. The arrangements might be plain and naturalistic or vibrant and spectacular.

Dried flowers have a unique practical aspect that makes them stand out in addition to being a part of a broader '80s revival: they practically never expire.

With proper care, dried flowers can last for up to a year. This not only lasts for months longer than fresh flowers, but you can also simply repurpose them in different arrangements. For instance, you may disassemble the original bouquet and incorporate the flowers into fresh arrangements, such as a vase or a centerpiece.

There are a few things to consider if you want to join the dried flower craze.

Dry them properly.

Not all floral arrangements age well.

Hydrangeas, xeranthemums, cornflowers, pompom-headed daisies, grasses, and salvias are a few of the best-dried flowers to have around the house. It is simple to use these plants because many of them organically dry out towards the conclusion of their life cycle.

Despite the fact that the process is natural, it's still useful to understand how to dry each type of flower you intend to use. While some flowers (such as hydrangeas) actually survive best when dried in water, some can simply be hung upside down to dry.

Keep dried flowers in a secure location.

A lot of dried flowers are really sensitive. While you can undoubtedly take measures to strengthen them (such as spraying the arrangement with a fixative like hair spray), they will stay longer if placed in an area with less traffic and little breeze (e.g., not under your ceiling fan).

Additionally, avoid placing dry flowers next to your cat's preferred perch.

Dried flowers might not be appropriate for households with cats or other pets. Although they are lovely to look at, a mischievous cat would enjoy tearing the arrangement apart, which would require extensive cleaning. Not to mention that they can be poisoned by the flowers.

Make wise pairings

Although dried flowers can theoretically fit into any design scheme, there are some settings where they function better—think transitional and "Japandi" rooms, as well as those with a lot of rich earth tones.

Peacock feathers have a magical way of connecting with the range of colors found in the houseplants while also magically inspiring the color palette for the surrounding accent colors in transitional-styled spaces. Flowers like dried cherry blossom twigs, orchids, and pampas grass all contribute to the lived-in appearance and depth of Japandi-styled homes.

Get creative with the vase.

Don't forget to select an eye-catching vase that complements the blossoms' design. While dried roses may look lovely in a crystal vase, more rustic flowers should be paired appropriately in more straightforward containers.

Rustic vases, which are currently very fashionable in design, look fantastic, filled with dried flowers. A bird of paradise wouldn't necessarily go in a rough-glazed pottery urn. But how about a few thistles, weeds, and twigs? Undoubtedly, yes!

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