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Your Guide to the Best Bouquet to Elevate Your Space

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Flowers are a great addition to any space. Brighten any room, boost your mood, and bring a natural element into the home with a bouquet. Flower arrangements can be stressful if you don't know where to start. This guide will provide the stepping stones and tips to begin your DIY bouquet.

1. Planning and Choosing the Best Flowers

Before starting your project there are a couple of things you must decide when choosing which flowers you want to include. Planning ahead will help you stay within your budget and know what to expect when starting.

Have a color scheme

When picking out your flowers, consider the room you will have them in and how the bouquet will match the decor. Decide on a color scheme and find flowers that complement each other visually.

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Check which flowers are in season

Flowers that are out of season may be more expensive than those in season. It may also be difficult to find flowers out of season, so research which flowers are in season to help narrow your choices down.

Smell the flowers

Each flower has its own unique scent. Before purchasing your choice of flowers, give them a quick sniff test. You want to have a bouquet with a great fragrance.

2. Begin Assembling Flowers

Once everything is planned, it's time for the fun part! Follow these tips to have an easier time assembling your bouquet.

Remove Leaves and Stems

After purchasing your flowers it's time to begin preparing. Start by removing leaves and thorns and trimming the stems. If you are placing your bouquet in a vase make sure to cut stems to the correct length and add a preservative solution to the water to keep the flowers fresh. Tip: if you don't have a preservative solution, adding a couple of drops of bleach to the water will help kill any bacteria.

Start with a Focal Point

Chose the most interesting flower and start with that. This flower will be in the center of the bouquet and should be one of the larger flowers.

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Rotate the Bouquet

Begin adding the other flowers to the bouquet making sure to rotate the bouquet ever so often. Rotating the bouquet will allow the flower heads to sit at different angles. This minor adjustment will add depth to the bouquet.

Add Filler Flowers

Create volume with smaller flowers and accent greenery. This greenery will also add a natural look to the bouquet. Baby's breath and wax flowers are a great addition to any bouquet.

Wrap Stems and Add Finishing Touches

Once completed, wrap the stems to ensure the flowers don't shift around. Add some ribbon or tissue paper if the bouquet is not in a vase. Want to have a nature-filled look, add some branches. Personalize your bouquet.

3. Final Tips

Less is more

Don't overcrowd your bouquet. Too many flower types and colors lead to a disorganized bouquet. Stick to a simplistic design having few interesting or special flowers to highlight.

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Vase Style

A vase that compliments the bouquet will make a subtle difference in the presentation. Picking out a vase should be part of the project. Consider the shape, style, and size of the vase.

Invest in variety

Even though less is more, try to incorporate different flowers. Don't choose too many different flowers, but have at least one focal flower, a linear element, a smaller flower, and some greenery for texture.

Elevate your space with a bouquet. If you're new to this, try these tips to help ease the process. Placing a bouquet will also be a conversation starter when inviting guests. Enjoy yourself, get creative, and don't forget to have fun!

Natalie Cardona is a recent graduate of CUNY Baruch College. She has a BA in Digital Communications and Culture with a minor in law and policy.

She is currently pursuing a career in media and entertainment. She loves music, TV comedies, sports, and trying new cuisines and restaurants with friends.

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