Christmas time is fast approaching and many of us will be thinking about how to decorate our home. While that box of trimmings is always useful, adding a few natural festive florals to the mix can add that wow factor to the home design you may have been missing in recent years.
From traditional berries and holly to snow-covered pinecones and wreaths made from conifers, there are plenty of options. You can even learn how to make your own festive florals in workshops provided by the expert florists at Hanako.
Here are some tips from our florists on how to fill your home with festive florals this Christmas.
Start with the Christmas Tree
Whether you’ve got a big tree or a smaller one, you may be glad to know that flowers are back in fashion. This used to be a staple for decoration a hundred years ago but got overtaken by manufactured baubles, tinsel, and other ornaments.
Adding a few fresh flowers and holly to your tree can make it stand out and the flowers also give that extra fragrance which is amazing when you come down on Christmas morning.
Flowers to pick include red roses and hydrangeas which both have that Christmas feel. Placing just a few here and there in your tree will make a big difference. You can opt to include single flowers or small bouquets depending on the size of your tree.
This is another area that has become manufactured in the last few decades. That old wreath sits with the rest of the trimmings in a box in the cupboard waiting to be unpacked and dusted down. If you want something that looks a little different, then switch to a natural wreath made from a variety of flowers and conifers. All you need to make it is a wireframe which you can then wrap your foliage around. A natural wreath not only looks fantastic but smells amazing as well.
If you’ve got a small corner or mantlepiece to decorate, you can also create your own mini-Christmas tree. For this, you just need some floral foam and a decorative box to put it in as well as a few different plants and flowers.
Start with a sprig of evergreen or even just an elegantly shaped twig and then add your decorations. These can include fresh berries, some holly and even a few chrysanthemums or small roses.
Of course, you don’t want to forget the dining table. While you're setting everything up, you’ll want to create an impressive centrepiece for your guests. This can be as large or small as you like but making it more natural with some healthy evergreen spruces, berries and a few white flowers can certainly make your Christmas dinner start with a sparkle.
There are lots of different options when it comes to decorating your home over the Christmas period and there’s no limit to what you can achieve. Adding some natural flowers and other foliage to your existing decorations can make the whole house come alive and fill the air with a fresh fragrance.