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Flower Arranging at Home: Style Tips and Tricks

Spring is here, Creatives, which means that fresh blooms are abundant and the outside is going to come in again. I thought it rather timely that I give you some expert tips on flower arranging and styling at home, so your pad can look chic and colourful without a droopy stem in sight!

Late last year I had the pleasure of meeting floral mastermind Naomi Lee at the Ginger Elliott Open Houseand got treated to a flower styling masterclass that has since changed the way I approach flower arranging and styling at home.

I nabbed the insider secrets from Naomi to share with you, Creatives – and here they are; things to bear in mind when buying flowers, flower styling in your home and how to make them last longer!

Flower Styling Demonstration by Naomi Lee

Above: That’s me working my flower-styling magic on a bunch of colourful Spring blooms!

Flower Styling - Colourful Bouquet

Flower Styling - Flowers in Small Vase

Buying Fresh

Ask your florist what flowers have come in fresh today. Fully bloomed flowers such as tulips and lily’s will not last long.

Selecting Flowers for your Home

Pick colours that will work with your home décor (choosing white is a no brainer and generally works well in almost any home). Think of the size of your vase; a tall vase will require tall flowers.

If you are buying several flowers to mix in one vase, use a focal flower and then use a secondary flower, one that compliments the focal flower, use up to three types.

Colours to Use

Monochromatic: Using colours of the same tones, ie purple, mauve etc
Primary: Blue, Red and Yellow
Secondary Colours: Orange, Purple, Pink
Classic: White, Cream, Green

Flower Arranging

A general rule when it comes to height is 1 ½  times your vase. If your vase is 40cm then your flowers can be seen 60cm above your vase.
Flowers that fall to the sides of the vase may need foliage, or simply cut them shorter.


Use fresh water and recut flowers every two to three days, or keep your flowers fresh by using a dash of bleach in the water.

Flower Styling

Related Read: The mother and daughter team behind Sydney Flower School.



Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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3 Responses

  1. This is such a cute and useful post, Chris! Fun to see this burst of spring inspiration across here as the cold of autumn sets in. Hope you are well! 🙂

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