Some people have a knack for flower arranging. When we shot photos of Bill and Colleen's outdoor space we also snapped a couple pictures of their indoor arrangements, which have the same simple elegance as their garden. When it comes to arranging flowers at home, we've found that simplicity is usually the way to go. Below the jump are 10 modest, easy-to-copy arrangements for your home...
Top: This arrangement from Bill and Colleen's home
is minimal and dramatic. Just a couple of large, long-stemmed blooms artfully deployed in a vase or pitcher can look like they were professionally arranged.
A leftover bloom from the arrangement shown in the top photo was used here in a bud vase. If you cut a single bloom very short on its stem and place it in a small vase, it looks like it was meant to be there.
In this photo from Stems, a bouquet is tied together at the stems and laid in a shallow tray, an unexpected alternative to a vase.
A set of jars and bottles arranged in clusters on a tray looks relaxed and makes your bouquet go a little farther. Photo: Body + Soul Magazine April 2008.
Flowering branches in a clear glass vase are great for larger centerpieces. For tips on how to arrange branches, see this post. Photo: Christy and John's Logan Square Bungalow.
A bouquet of the same flowers in a super-simple vase is classic and unpretentious. Photo: the Arkansas Traveler's Light-Filled Home.
If you want to add depth to an arrangement without getting too complicated, use flowers and greens in the same color family. For a tailored look, match the vase to your flowers. Photo: Raikenn's spring cure flowers.
One of the most basic solutions: use whatever you have on hand for a vase. This little jar at the Green Grocer stands in for a bud vase, but a drinking glass or tea tin works, too.
One way to always make an arrangement look good is to invest in a beautiful vase and fill it with simple flowers. This is Janel's Jonathan Adler vase filled with daffodils from Trader Joe's.
From AT Europe: a Parisian trend is to arrange a group of sculptural flowers tilted to one side in their vase.
• For tips on how to cut flowers and make them last, see this post.
• Deconstructing a Bouquet
• PlantTherapy: Cut Flower Confidence
• PlantTherapy: Saturday Morning Flowers
• Flickr Finds: Simple Vases