They say you can’t go wrong with nature, right? Wrong! How you style your flowers can make them look anything from sad to spectacular! Want to know how to arrange flowers like a pro? Stylist Julia Green of Greenhouse Design shares some simple yet brilliant advice below.
These beautiful floral artworks are by Brisbane’s Beth Kennedy. “Flowers are so beautiful and I love to draw and paint them, always beginning with a drawing, a slow and contemplative process before the loud music plays in my headphones and the coffee flows as I engage with the emotional narrative driving the work and begin to paint,” she says. “I only work on one painting at a time, as it completely absorbs me, until it is finished and then I move on to the next one.”
Julia’s floral styling tips:
1. Ensure the bunches are relaxed, not tight. A wider neck vase will help them fall naturally rather than look uptight! It’s all about ‘field flowers’ now, that look like they have just been picked from the garden.
2. Remember to play with the height and the scale of the florals, so that they create visual interest. If they are all exactly the same height, they will be far less interesting to the eye!
3. Mix varietals rather than always opt for one varietal only.
4. Always trim stems, and prune leaves for longer lasting florals, change the water every three days, and add flower food if you have any! Natives will always last longer too.
5. Find an accent colour in the room and tie the florals back with it, i.e. pull out a colour cue from an artwork and repeat it with the flowers for a considered look to the space. Buy beautiful vessels to house the florals in so that they can be a ‘work of art’ on their own.
Styling by Julia Green of Greenhouse Design and Alex Carter, photography by Armelle Habib, bedheads by .