While bed heads, linens, lamps and bedsides all enhance your bedroom design, sometimes it’s a bud, blossom or bloom plucked from nature that adds the finishing touch.
From an arresting boquet in a master bedroom to a thoughtful posy, delicately arranged in your guest room, a bespoke bunch can instantly boost your sleep space with colour and texture — but choose carefully, because pick the wrong petal and you could find yourself sneezing instead of sleeping.
Renowned as an industry leader in promoting locally grown, seasonal flowers, Liz Ricci from The Melbourne Flower Merchant is one of Melbourne’s most sought after florists.
Having spent years exploring the application of floristry, we asked Liz for her unique insights on how to incorporate blooms in bedroom.
Image of our custom Lucia toggle bed head in Cantebury Alloy linen. Image: @the_stables_
What do you love about flowers in the bedroom?
I like to think of flowers as seasonal artwork — as they can bring a sense of change to your space regularly.
Like art, you can also use flowers to either compliment the colours of your bed head and décor, or to inject a pop of colour into your room.
If in doubt, you can always go with an interesting foliage or groupings of clean, understated whites or neutrals.
What makes styling a posy for the bedroom different to other areas of the home?
When styling flowers for a bedroom it’s best to choose small petite blooms; treat your flowers like an accessory. Use colour and texture — rather than opulence — to enhance your bedroom decor.
Our custom Lincoln bed head (designed to fit perfectly under the window) complimented with a posy of purples, pinks and green. The bedroom of Jen Bishop from @interiorsaddict
What flowers are best suited to the bedroom in spring?
Spring brings an abundance of beautiful finds and heirloom varieties in the floral world. Small and petite flowers such as Sweetpea, Lily of the Valley and Lilac are all in season, as are mild fragrance blooms such as Orchids, Lavender, Chamomile Flower and Warratah. For a burst of colour, look to Roses, Tulips, Ranunculus and Poppies while Boronia, Anenome, Flannel Flower and Freesias are also all in season.
Add a pop of colour with classic roses. Our custom wingback bed head. Image: @ajb_interiors
What scents can help relax?
Fresh Lavender flowers are the perfect scent to help relax and unwind. However, if you love a clean, fresh scent then Sweetpea, Lily of the Valley and Freesias all have a mild fragrance, perfect for the bedroom.
What scents can overpower the bedroom?
The enveloping fragrance of Hyacinth and Lilies can overpower any space, and in particular the bedroom which is usually an enclosed space. Foliage such as wattle may also irritate allergies or cause hay fever.
Does the dried flower trend suit the bedroom?
Naturally dried flowers such as Billy Buttons, Proteas, Banksias, Eucalyptus and Everlasting Daisies make great dried flower displays. But it is important to remember that while they are a long-term alternative and don’t require water, they do require regular dusting, as they will collect a lot of dust particles which can aggravate Asthma symptoms and allergies.
Where are flowers best placed in the bedroom?
While unscented flowers create a lush cosiness beside your bed and look fabulous styled alongside books and candles on your bedside table, scented flowers should be placed away from the bed, so the fragrance doesn’t interfere with your sleep or cause allergies.
During the day, make sure your flowers aren’t in direct sunlight as this can reduces the vase life of your blooms.
Positioning flowers away from direct sunlight will increase the life of your blooms. Image of our custom Lucia toggle bed head in Cantebury Alloy linen. Image: @the_stables_
What are some tips for arranging a small vessel for a bedside table?
Keep it simple. Choose one variety of flower and opt for an opaque vase so that you can see messy stems or dirty water.
Vases with small openings will give you more flexibility and design appeal as vases that have a wide opening require a lot of flowers to fill them, and in the bedroom a smaller posey, rather than a grand arrangement, is more striking beside the bed.
Foliage is also great to use in the bedroom. For a contemporary style, try tropical leaves as their waxy exterior prevents dust accumulating on the foliage and they also have great vase life.