How to: Use flowers to prepare your home for inspection


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But using flowers can also make a big difference, according to Emelia Bristow of Pearsons Florists in Sydney.

“Flowers instantly create a beautiful, fresh and lived-in ambiance to the home,” Bristow says.

“When you have an open home a lot of people use their senses to distinguish if they desire the home. Flowers not only smell divine but instantly wow people and make them feel comfortable and happy.”

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Small bouquets look lovely in bathrooms and laundries. Picture: Pearsons Florist

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The placement of flowers is important when you’re showing off your home.

“Flowers need to be on show but also compliment the space they are in. I find large floral displays are excellent in a foyer or hall space and make people feel welcome,” Bristow explains.

“In a kitchen add a plant or a vase of green foliage to create a feeling of freshness. In a living/dining space add something elegant – a phalaenopsis orchid plant always creates a feeling of opulence.

“Don’t forget about the smaller rooms in the house – delicate bottles or little vases of cut flowers in the bathroom or ensuite, bedroom or laundry. Flowers soften the space, especially if the room is full of appliances and minimal furnishings.”

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Placement of fresh flowers is important to consider. Picture: Pearsons Florist

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Choosing the right kind of flowers is also important, so it’s vital to work with the style and colour palette of your home.

“If the French provincial look is something your home displays, it is best stick to garden blooms like roses, lisianthus or lilies,” Bristow says.

“Buying them when they are fresh and closed is a good idea. If your home has a lot of timber and raw furnishings then textured or tropical leaves and native flowers would look natural in the space.”

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Use larger arrangements in entry areas. Picture: Pearsons Florist

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Bristow’s top five tips for using fresh flowers for your open for inspection are:

1. Use a professional: Always buy your blooms fresh from a florist.

2. Change the water every couple of days: Dirty water in a vase looks horrible and can be smelly.

3. Remember to take care of your blooms: Condition the flowers by removing any leaves that will fall below the water line in your vase and remove dead leaves or petals as they occur to keep your flowers looking as fresh as possible.

4. Don’t be afraid to try something different: Flowers are a great way to experiment with colour. If it doesn’t work this time then you can always try a different shade next time.

5. Work with the season: If you are showing your home in winter, keep the blooms warm and textured creating a cosy feel. In the spring use a branch of blossom for freshness. In the summer go for bright happy flowers.

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