5 Ways to Enjoy Flowers at Home for the Broke, Busy & Black Thumbed

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Searching through the Apartment Therapy House Tour archive, I picked up on a trend that holds steady in almost every beautiful home: no matter the style or size, nearly every one of the gorgeous spaces in our tours had flowers or plants on display. Fresh blooms have a unique way of adding beauty and life to any space.

Of course, it's no accident on the homeowners' part. When you're given notice that a photographer is stopping by to shoot your space one afternoon, you make damn sure beds are made (or tastefully un-made) and an arrangement of flowers is on the counter that morning.

But flowers don't always have to be a special occasion thing. There are several ways to bring greenery into your home as part of a normal routine, even if you're lazy, busy, cheap, broke, or can't keep a plant alive to save your own. (Or, all of the above!)

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Bianca and Craig's Moody Glam Apartment

1. Display a Single Bloom.

The old maxim "less is more" is especially true when dealing with flowers. Choose big blooms like peonies or dinnerplate dahlias for a big impact. They look best in small, short vases that complement their size.

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2. Spread one Bouquet Across Several Containers.

Spread the love with this tip from Chelsea Mews: Split a store-bought bouquet of blooms into several bud vases. It visually multiplies your flowers and makes 12 buds feel like 20. Chelsea suggests grouping them together by similar sizes and colors to avoid losing sight of the very small blooms in your display.

3. Have Flowers Delivered.

This advice isn't for the cheap, but for the lazy and busy. You can have flowers delivered to your door by an online florist (ProFlowers, 1-800-Flowers... the kind of folks that make tons of money at Valentine's Day). The blooms arrive in a box, ready to be arranged for a party. Or you can make a routine of ordering flowers once a month to freshen up your space, no trip to the market needed.

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4. Go for Potted Flowers.

Flowering houseplants can be potted and left on kitchen counters or coffee tables, and they'll last way longer than an arrangement of cut stems. Some popular options are orchids, hibiscus, African violets, poinsettias, and bromeliads. Check out BHG's 24 Beautiful Blooming Houseplants for reccomendations and care.

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Sarah's Curio Filled Studio

5. Air Plants and Succulents, Cockroaches of the Plant World

I was inspired to write this post because of my black thumb. I've killed dozens of plants in my home and office, but the succulents have always survived. They're not flowers, of course, but potted succulents still give life to a space, and their easy-going demeanor can handle low light and infrequent watering. Or try air plants, which grow without soil (they just need a good soaking every now and then, according to this guide).

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Sarah's Modern Global Loft

So go forth and bloom! You can even combine these tips to make cash or time go even further, like the single succulent in a vase from Sarah's Modern Global Loft.

(Image credits: Kim Lucian; Chelsea Mews; BHG)

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