When it’s mid-April and you still haven’t packed away your winter coats, you know you’re long overdue for a dose of spring cheer. There’s no easier way to add colour and freshness to your home than with a gorgeous floral arrangement, but which blooms work best in each room? We’ve found the perfect spring flowers for every space in your home.
If those classic Head & Shoulders ads are anything to go by — and we believe they are — you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your front hall or entryway is where you welcome guests, so make an impact with a fabulously fragrant potted hyacinth. The plant’s perfume will fill the small space with the unmistakable scent of spring, leaving your visitors duly dazzled and eager to explore the rest of your home.
Since the vast majority of modern kitchens are white mixed with white, white and more white (OK, and a bit of stainless steel for good measure), they’re the perfect place to introduce a bold burst of colour. Scatter small vases filled with orange and red ranunculus on countertops, windowsills and breakfast tables; they’ll act as a bright, happy foil to all that sexy minimalism.
Living room: Hydrangea
Your living room is likely where you’ll spend ample time entertaining guests over pre- or post-dinner drinks, so don’t be afraid to dial up the drama. Go big and go home with a giant potted hydrangea in striking blue or purple. Its subtle scent won’t overpower the room, while the breathtakingly pretty flowers will act as a focal point (and maybe even a conversation-starter should the gossip fizzle out).
Dining room: Forsythia
We love, love, love heavily fragrant flowers, but please, not around the food. Dining rooms aren’t appropriate venues for seriously smelly blooms, so stick to blossoming branches instead. Sunny yellow forsythia branches make for stunning spring centerpieces, and they’ll save your dining companions from sensory overload when the main course is served.
Clean and fresh are bathroom decor buzzwords, and no flower is cleaner or fresher than the tulip, particularly in pristine springtime white. A pretty vase next to the sink adds personality to an oft-neglected space while bringing a touch of the outdoors in — something to consider year-round, especially for windowless bathrooms.
Bedrooms are for two things only: sleeping and
watching television romance. Set the tone with nature’s most romantic bloom, the peony, in shades of palest pink to deepest fuchsia. The mere sight of those lush layered petals have been known to set hearts aflutter, so arrange them loosely in an oversized vessel on your nightstand and get ready to, er, rumble.