The sight of Chicago in bloom reminds us that nothing says luxury like fresh-cut flowers. And as interior designers, we can’t help but point out the obvious: Besides bringing beauty to the proverbial table, they are the quickest, easiest and most effective way to add color, character and a different ambiance to a room—and improve your mood.
Studies show that fresh-cut flowers can make us happier and more productive, so it makes sense to put them in a workspace. From JLI's State Parkway project
Sounds like a tall order? Not in the least, though when we did a little homework for this blog we found flower power is more than jargon; fresh-cut flowers make us happier and more productive—especially in a long, cold Chicago winter. A Harvard Medical School study reported in The Harvard Crimson found people feel more compassionate toward others, have less anxiety and feel less depressed in the presence of fresh-cut flowers. Echoing this, a Rutgers University study found “flowers bring about positive emotions and feelings” to those in a room, as reported on the Mother Earth Living website. In a research trifecta, a Texas A&M University study found that “people who keep flowers in their home feel happier, less stressed and more relaxed.”
Use fresh-cut blooms from the garden to make a breezy bouquet. Photo: Calico Floriculture & Design
As for the decorative prowess of fresh-cut flowers, here are three ways invoke their influence:
1. Use them to make an impression. Imagine a big, crystal-clear vase brimming with dozens of stems. There’s power in numbers, and the shape and shade of the blooms will create different styles and effects.
2. Pick with intent. Sleeker options such as Dutch tulips and calla lilies can look graphic and modern, while frothy picks like big-head roses and mophead hydrangeas can be dramatic or romantic.
3. Use color wisely. Flowers in pure, clean, deep or vibrant shades achieve very different effects than those that are dappled or sport soft, light or understated hues.
Pick with intent; clean-lined calla lilies will create a different demeanor than lacy mophead hydrangeas. Photo: Gardenista.com
So how to choose which fresh-cut flowers to use in Chicago? Dozens of books are devoted to this, but given the scope of our luxury interior design practice, we’ve figured out seven quick tips for using fresh-cut flowers. And we also have some carefully picked sources to share.
No need to mix and match; one type of flower en masse can have a major visual impact. Photo: TheCherryBlossomGirl.com
Seven Flower Power Tips
Ditch blooms for branches (with buds or bare) for a fresh look and greater longevity. Photo: Nicolette Camille Floral Design
Carefully Picked Sources
When pickings in the garden are sparse, or blooms are out-of-season, consider these trusted local sources:
To keep flowers fresh as long as possible, change the water daily. Photo: Ralph Lauren Paint
07 May 2015