Modern flower & twig arrangements in the u.s.

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Modern flower & twig arrangements in the u.s.
A grouping of twigs in a vase provides a modern arrangement for your home. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Add style to a room in your home easily with the use of modern flower and twig arrangements. Ranging from simple and clean to vibrant and colourful, combining twigs with flowers adds a natural element to a room. The container that you use has as much of an impact as the flowers themselves, so don't be afraid to experiment with different styles.

Twigs and Spring Flowers

In early spring, a mixture of twigs and flowers helps to unite the ending season of winter with the upcoming warmer months. In a vase, intersperse bare twigs or small branches with spring flowers such as daffodils or tulips. Make the arrangement appear modern by keeping it simple and not overcrowding the vase. Utilising a unusual shaped vase, such as square or rectangular, provides a contemporary look to the arrangement. The twigs will last for a long time while the flowers may need to be replaced once wilting begins. In the U.S. flowers begin blooming anywhere from February to May and spring flowers include daisies, lilies and bluebonnets.

Twigs or Branches

A simple arrangement of flowering twigs or branches can be used on its own to create a visually appealing centrepiece. Trim some budding twigs off of a tree and place in a vase. Use one or two tall twigs for a regal and dramatic look or use a bunch of shorter twigs. As they begin to blossom your house will come alive with the colours and fragrances of the tree of your choosing. Popular flowering trees in the U.S. include crabapple, dogwood and redbud.

Twigs for Fall

As flowers begin to die in the fall, create a modern look by using fall twigs and leaves. In the U.S. southern states do not experience fall, so this type of arrangement works best if you live in the north. Modern arrangements tend to utilise natural materials in order to create a look that is seasonally appropriate as well as sustainable for the environment. Try using fall twigs and branches that have a monochromatic palette, such as twigs with orange leaves and orange berries. If you have flowers available in the same colour palette add a few to the arrangement.

Other Ideas

Twigs with berries on them add an extra element of interest to an arrangement. Explore using many small receptacles grouped together with one flower or twig in each. Remove all dead or dying leaves from branches before placing them in arrangements. Try using flowers of the same or similar colour in an arrangement, but with different sizes and textures to create visual interest and appeal. Many flower arrangements in the U.S. tend to be overly crowded and bright, so keep it modern by having clean and simple lines. According to the U.S. branch of the World Association of Flower Arrangers, arrangements should use only plant materials and be kept in water the entire time.

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