You might have noticed dried flowers are becoming one of the most on-trend décor pieces in Instagram homes across the UK. Bouquets, arrangements and framed individual pieces – they have all been labelled necessary, and oh my, are we all about it!
Whether you are going for a little splash of colour in the corner, an addition to a feature wall or a bedroom masterpiece, dried flowers are always a good idea. They are not only trending in interiors for their aesthetics but for their environmental qualities as being low maintenance, biodegradable and with an extensive shelf life. Just keep them away from the usual water and sun (otherwise they are at the risk of fading), and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Preserved flowers are another low maintenance, stunning home interior item. Just as the name suggests, they are preserved through the process of switching their natural sap with a sugary plant-based liquid or wax, which freezes their fresh appeal and pushes up their life span.
From naturally dried custom bouquets to preserved dyed bedside bunches, we shortlist ten of the best flower options just in time for summer.
The best dried flowers
1. Shida Preserved Flowers - Paloma
Tried and tested, Emily, Commercial Content Writer: "Launched just in time for Summer, the Paloma bouquet by Shida is the first of a kind. Leaving us daydreaming of golden fields on a beautiful, exotic Mediterranean holiday, it's the type of bouquet anyone would welcome into their home. With natural gypsophila contrasted with passionate proteas and a splash of the romantic ruby red flax, they are also perfect for anyone who struggles with migraines like myself as I can quite comfortably place them on my bedside table and still love them the next morning."
2. Amarante - Lilac Skies
A stunning natural pot of gold was my first reaction to Amarante's Lilac Skies arrangement. Full and textured, this bunch features a vast spectrum of colours, from pastel lilac shades to darker indigos, and some silver foliage to finish them off. The handcrafted stems are Nigella (thistle and lavender).
3. The Magic Flower Company - Midnight Bouquet
Tried and tested, Emily, Commercial Content Writer: "The Midnight Bouquet by The Magic Flower Company is such a unique statement piece, it could almost pass as being real. A bit stronger on the scent side, I have placed this arrangement on my dining table which adds the perfect splash of detail with those prominent black premium magic roses and black billy buttons, surrounded by lush preserved foliage. It really is a carefully created masterpiece."
4. The Country Garden Florist - Dried Flower Bouquet
Natural, understated and full of earthy tones, the Dried Flowers Bouquet creates a laid-back class look through its perfect balance of texture and tone. Handcrafted with a combination of pampas grass, pussy willow, calendula and dried thyme, pop this bouquet in a stoneware vessel and it will effortlessly elevate any room.
5. GRACE & THORN - Dried Flowers in a Jar
Tried and tested, Emily, Commercial Content Writer: "The Dried Flowers in a Jar arrangements by GRACE & THORN are designed to add natural beauty to any empty space around the house. Whether this is on top of the kitchen countertop, or a side table, every arrangement is curated as a unique and original piece. Available in three different sizes, I certainly fell in love with my bunch."
6. lavender & rose - real dried cotton stems
Tried and tested, Emily, Commercial Content Writer: "If you ever want to inject a little slice of calm inside your home, the Real Dried Cotton Stems by lavender & rose is a beautiful way to go. The soft white look not only complements almost any colour scheme but adds the perfect amount of natural detail to any room. With five thick cotton stem and fluffy cotton cool-like tuffs, it's the simplicity of them that really gives it my vote."
7. Dot And The Dandelion - Ophelia
With Summer fast approaching, the colourful Ophelia bouquet is the perfect way to brighten up your home. Being comprised of strawflowers, larkspur, rhodanthe, Setaria and Lepidium, pop it in a little ceramic or natural vase and it's the type of bunch that just adds warmth to any room. Balancing those bolder flowers with some lighter tones, it's a beautiful gift made with a lot of love.
8. Bloom and Wild - The Dried Flowers Posy Party
Another way to make a natural statement piece is with these beautiful Dried Flowers Posy Party set by Bloom and Wild. Coming in three little posy jars, you can really create a cute combination and unique assortment of your own. Fresh and elegant, these dried flowers are great for popping on dinner tables, shelves and all-around the home.
9. Article Somerset - Pink Peppercorns
Bringing it completely back to basics, the Pink Peppercorns by article somerset is the best dried flower choice to create the perfect colour block. Coming in a bunch of eight to ten stems tied together, it's a gorgeous little hint of colour to spice up any room. Also looks great with your woods, leathers, and green feature walls!
10. Cox & Cox - Dried Flower Frame Portrait
For something a little different, why not use Cox & Cox's Dried Flower Frames to add some peace and a bit of simplicity around your home. It is the type of gift that would go with absolutely any colour tone and remind you of a wholesome activity you did as a child. So special, so unique u2013 I'm feeling like it could be your Easter treat.
How to dry flowers?
If you are a DIY flower enthusiast, you can create your own custom-made bunch by hanging your tied flowers upside down with either a hook, nail, or a coat hanger. Preferably, in a dark and dry location and out of direct sunlight, otherwise, this may fade the colours of your beautiful blooms! Keep them drying for approximately two to three weeks, and they will be ready once those gorgeous petals start to rustle.
How long do dried flowers last?
Depending on the brand and how well you’ve cared for them, dried flowers can last up to three years. If your dried flower bouquet does get a bit dusty, gently clean them with a hairdryer on the lowest and coolest setting possible.
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Emily Farquhar is a Commercial Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, and also writes for Yours.co.uk, heatworld and Closer across beauty, tech, and lifestyle.
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