Pretty Floral Decor Trends
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Flower Power1 of 12
By Martine Bury
This season, the traditional rules of floral design have wilted away, and whimsical arrangements are in full bloom. Using unexpected varietals, vintage vases and more, Clover Chadwick of L.A.'s Dandelion Ranch floral studio infuses her creations with wild imagination. Find inspiration for your own summer-themed bouquets with her tips on the latest trendsetting styles.
Natural Instinct2 of 12
"All of our designs are inspired by the way plants grow: toward the sun, lots of movement, and dangling down," says Clover. Arty arrangements that feature dahlias, purple thistle and succulents like this are increasingly popular because they imitate plants in the wild.
Faded Glory3 of 12
With a surge in antique-themed parties, vintage-colored flowers such as dusty carnations, heirloom garden roses, peonies or fragrant gardenias are in demand. An aged container such as a milk jug, sugar bowl or old tin seals the deal. Ask your florist for vintage varieties. "We love greenish-purplish amnesia roses and faded, peachy-pink combination roses," says Clover.
True Romance4 of 12
Romantic bunches get new passion from a shot of fuchsia and maroon and added intensity from leaving out the greenery. It's the girly look spiked with a bit of punk rock—an effect that's all in the mix. "A multitude of shapes and sizes and contrast in textures and colors create movement and feeling," explains Clover.
Wild Child5 of 12
A bushy, boho arrangement that looks freshly picked mimics fancy-free summer days. "Look for flowers you'd see in a meadow that evoke wildflowers and weeds," says Clover. "Go crazy with varietals such as straw flowers, thistle, scabiosa pods and flowering herbs like salvia, oregano and lavender."
Multiple Choice6 of 12
A bunch of identical containers such as tumblers, votive holders or these sweet, mini antique vases make a big impact. For this trend, the magic is in the details: The repeated pattern makes for a modern centerpiece on any table or mantle.
High & Low7 of 12
Arrangements are no longer just one note: tall or short. Set out a conversation piece like this mod mix that stands tall and short, with yellow ranunculus hunkering in the box seats. It's style that doesn't take itself too seriously. "Start with a carpet flower for support," advises Clover. "Then add big, tall blooms."
Sunny Side8 of 12
Orange, acid yellow and neon green are the colors of the season. They just might jog memories of a favorite childhood candy. "Think Starburst fruit chews colors!" says Clover. Get the look by filling a fun, tall container like Jonathan Adler's Man/Woman Vase with trippy round flowers such as poppies, dahlias and craspedia pom poms in different sizes.
White Out9 of 12
Once only for weddings and parties, the monochromatic look now comes home in simple, clean-lined containers, whether square, rectangular or cylindrical. "Choose three to five florals in one color: one with clean lines like calla lily, one that has curve like orchids, and one that is bulky like hydrangeas," says Clover.
Bon Voyage10 of 12
While traveling to far-off places may not be in the budget, filling your home with exotic flowers hopefully is. Clover's clients recently have been asking her to conjure faraway places with flowers and edibles like this abundant, Mediterranean arrangement. The urn and olive branches call lush Italian gardens to mind, while the artichoke stirs the appetite.
Green Scene11 of 12
While flowers are the stars, the greens play a critical supporting role. "Ferns, ivy, eucalyptus and geranium add layers and texture," says Clover. Experimenting with branches from shrubs is more popular than ever in tablescapes and centerpieces.
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Once considered a finishing touch, bouquets are becoming the focal point of a party theme. This flower-packed, wooden garden box, for example, was created to evoke the feeling of summer vineyard dinners and wine-filled conversation. A slight, seasonal variation on this theme could easily transition to fall.
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