No matter the season, we love flowers. But now that we've sprung forward an hour and the temperatures have climbed above forty degrees, we're feeling the floral love even more. After all, spring is all about fresh starts. Read: 'Tis the season for cleaning, blooms, and allergy medicine. So learn how to make beautiful floral centerpieces to impress guests and beautify your home without having to make any major design changes. Wherever you place your flowers, these designer ideas and tricks will have 'em looking better and lasting longer than ever.
Groupings of nosegays can be more romantic than one big vase full. Designer and gardener Carolyne Roehm recommends arranging them naturally, like the blooms just came from the garden.
A pedestal table like this is the perfect place to perch a floral arrangement in a hallway, entrance, or corner that needs a little extra attention. We love the way this one plays with light, making the vignette look more like an art installation than everyday decor.
If you don't like flowers because they die quickly, decorate with dry flowers and plants instead. Pampas grass is a particularly lovely option. It exudes that signature California-cool vibe but still fits in with a modern, neutral color palette, making it perfect for subtle spring decorating. Just take note from this -designed living room.
Though many different flower arrangements would work beautifully here thanks to the colorful wall art, the purple pansies really bring this bedroom to life. The takeaway? Match your floral arrangements to nearby artwork, as seen in this bedroom designed by .
For a splashy accent, think of the color wheel and choose complementary shades. For example, these peach roses pop inside this gray-blue room while speaking to the coral arm chair.
Even a super formal and modern space can feel inviting with the right floral centerpiece. The floral motif in the carpet softens up the cool gray colors and architectural console table and lamps, while the oversized branches put us in touch with nature.
Why should your yard get to enjoy the hydrangea blooms all by itself? In an eclectic bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke, a beautiful pastel cluster perks up a shapely black table. They complement the bedding without being too matchy-matchy as well.
Designer Heather Taylor recreated the motif on her great-grandmother's plates for a garden party's bouquets. "Even if guests don't notice the reference, it's a lovely detail that adds a fun symmetry," she says of the bluebells and marigolds.
This gorgeous floral arrangement is all the console table needs to go from low-key to photo-ready. It still works within the preexisting neutral color scheme, yet makes the whole space feel so much more alive.
These eye-catching flowers fit right into this space designed by Arent & Pyke, where lighting and furniture double as artwork. They incorporate the pink swirls of the marble table as well the pale lavender light fixture. Tropical flowers like this will always deliver vivid color and intrigue.
Orange isn't just for Halloween. Photographer and author Ngoc Minh Ngo collaborated with floral designer Nicolette Owen to design a citrus-y spring tablescape, placing flowers in small containers of varying heights and styles.
For a unique look, play with scale and proportion. We love how these tall branches introduce some grandiosity, even while perched on a low console table or media cabinet.
This living room designed by is ready for spring. The yellow tulips on the mantle and bright peonies on the coffee table are both low-lift but powerful additions for a spring refresh.
You can't go wrong with blue and white — with blooms or vessels. Here, Frances Palmer Pottery's Cambridge pitcher and Vigee vase rest on Clarence House's Milano velvet.
Have we mentioned the power of flowers yet? The rich pigment of these orchids change the entire feel of this living room designed by Arent & Pyke. A simple glass vase let's the flowers steal the spotlight. The colorful throw pillow does a nice job dressing up the more casual elements of the room, too, like the jute rug and linen upholstery.
Metal, ceramic and even colored glass vessels are more forgiving than clear vases—especially if you plan to use foam, marbles or a flower frog for stability.
Displayed in a pair of wide glass vases, this bursting arrangement instantly brightens a sideboard. But the vessels can also be repositioned to fill two ends of a long dining table.
Branches covered in burgundy leaves have a decidedly sophisticated aesthetic. They fit in perfectly with this modern dining room designed by Arent & Pyke while the colorful ceramic vase softens things up.
Placed in a clear vase, these coral flowers make the coffee table book pop even more.
Liven up a country kitchen or rustic breakfast buffet table with bright yellow wildflowers. An aged vase will contribute to the historied feel.
Go ahead and pile on the color. Lilacs from the garden add another energetic burst to a living room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber.
We love how the flowers pick up on the peach-hued drapes and blush coffee table while the inky black vases speak to the walls and general elegance of the space. They also bring in so much more texture.
Eclectic decor can benefit from a cohesive color scheme. An all-blue palette refreshes the onetime hotel that John Knott and John Fondas transformed into their Maine summer house.
This floral arrangement adds a fun tropical quirk to the industrial space. It proves that even a converted warehouse building can feel like a tropical vacation with the right floral arrangement.
Flowers that bloom at the same time — like lilacs and tulips — often look beautiful in a bouquet. For fillers, use whatever's green and growing near them, advises Roehm.
Roses paired with citrus and wispy branches makes for a dramatic and colorful centerpiece. Surrounded by black candles, this tablescape is the perfect blend of edgy and whimsy.
You only need a small display of gardenias to completely transform a space. They smell sultry and intoxicating and look romantic, making them perfect for just about any space. In this living room designed by Arent & Pyke, they soften up the modern edge.
The most useful vase is mid-sized with a slightly flared opening, says Roehm. The volume of flowers and the container itself are inherently balanced.