6 pretty ways to decorate your home with flowers

Get some floral decoration ideas from stylist Selina Lake.

Spring/summer floral arrangements - flower styling tips by Selina Lake
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Teaming up with the UK's garden retailer, , author and stylist Selina Lake has shown just how many different floral arrangements can be created in the home using a selection of spring and summer blooms.

With flowers including royal wedding favourites, peonies, foxgloves and roses, as well as eucalyptus, astrantia and white wax flowers, you can create a wonderful floral display to complement your interiors.

'To achieve any of these looks, you need to first condition the flowers by removing the lower leaves on the stem, plus any sharp thorns,' advises Selina. 'Snip the ends diagonally and plunge into a bucket of cool water until you are ready to create your display.'

Get some inspiration below:

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1 Table centrepiece
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Selina says... 'Pick a low vessel with a wide opening and make sure it’s watertight, then cut a piece of oasis to fit inside the vessel and soak well in water. If needed, hold in position using florist tape. Starting with the foliage, begin to fill the oasis with a base layer of greenery. Follow with your chosen flower stems, remembering to keep turning the vessel and filling out all the sides for a balanced display. Save the most delicate flowers till last to avoid bruising the petals. The arrangement can be relaxed and informal, so keep adding flowers until you’re happy with how it looks.'

2 Mantlepiece Styling
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Selina says... 'A good and plastic-free way to recycle glass bottles is to use them as vases to display stems and gather a collection on a shelf or mantlepiece. Here I’ve added spools of silk ribbons and embroidered trim along with a couple of pretty vintage botanical prints. This is a good way to make one bunch of flowers go further.'

3 Silks and muslin
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Selina says... 'Display a statement vase of flowers on a table dressed with layered muslin fabric, loosely draped and decorated with silk ribbons, in delicate tones of blush pink and peach. This idea works well when decorating a venue for a party or wedding.'

4 Hand tied bouquet
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Selina says... 'Start with a base flower – I used a beautiful apricot foxglove – then add another stem of a different flower at a slight angle, turn the bouquet slightly and repeat. Keep adding flowers and foliage at the same angle, slightly twist away the bouquet each time. When you’re happy with the arrangement tie the stems together securely, then snip the ends so they are all the same length. The bouquet should then stand up on a flat surface. Add ribbons for extra prettiness.'

5 Garden summer wreath
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Selina says... 'To make your own floral summer wreath, start with an oasis wreath ring soaked with water and fill the base with foliage. Here I used white wax flowers, eucalyptus and astrantia, then cut the stems short, and added a mix of roses and peonies. Use green florist wire or pretty ribbon to make a hook for hanging your wreath. Mist regularly with water to prolong the blooms.'

6 Pretty style board
Spring/summer floral arrangements - flower styling tips by Selina Lake
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Selina says... 'Botanical prints and fresh flowers complement each other beautifully to create a romantic floral display.'

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