We know everybody loves flowers, the whole world loves flowers! But we also know how unrealistic it is to think people have the time (or the money, or the patience...) to buy a bunch of fresh flowers every week.
Lucky us, there is a new flower trend getting stronger since last year that will allow us to keep our loved homes full of nature and with a pinch of Parisian look.
People who likes following design and decoration trends, knows what I'm talking about. Dried flowers are everywhere!! Art galleries, fashion events, decor expositions and even weddings!
"It all started because people are going for colors that feel a bit antiqued with a patina to them, and there are only so many [fresh] flowers in that palette. So, people became more and more creative and started using dried elements-to give their arrangements that vintage vibe," says Chris DeMeo, wholesale florist at N.Y.C.'s Dutch Flower Line.
Why Dried Flowers?
Much more durable than fresh flowers, the dried ones are also much more chic than the artificial flowers that have long had a naff reputation. Those dried beauties carry a romantic and poetic mood and bring a Boho vibe to the place.
"The biggest benefit is that they last forever," says Sierra Steifman, owner of New York City-based floral design studio Poppies & Posies. "They're a great way to add florals to your home and not have to worry about changing them out often."
Want to dry your own?
Start by cleaning the flowers, remove the foliage and cut the steams as you would do to start any flower arrangement.
The most common way of drying flowers is simply to hang them upside-down (individually or a small bunch bundled together), preferentially in a dark and dry area. The sunlight can make the flowers to lose their color and avoid moisture will prevent them to rot.
If you live in a very humid place, a good tip is to wrap the flowers in paper bags while they dry. It will help by absorbing the moisture released by the flowers, protect them from the sunlight and also from the dust.
Let them hang undisturbed for two to three weeks or until completely dry. Most flowers will be completely dry within a month.