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5 Alternatives to Real Flowers

I like flowers as much as the next person. But being as frugal as I am, paying for a bunch of petals is another story.

I do appreciate that flowers can add so much personality and life to any room. Colors and sweet fragrances can quickly change the mood for the better. So what does a plant-loving, thrifty-person do?

Here are 5 easy alternatives to brighten your home without spending a bunch.

1. Living plants

Succulents need full sunlight so I planted these guys in a wooden toolbox with a handle so I can easily moved them from outside to inside.

Succulents need full sunlight so I planted these guys in a wooden toolbox with a handle so I can easily move them from outside to inside.

Although I love to garden, I don’t have much luck with plants. So the ones that do survive a year with me, I consider them the hardy heroes. In a pinch, I can always count on a few of my heroes to brighten up any indoor space.

2. Cut greenery

I have a yellow iris in our front yard that is borderline out-of-control. So I don’t mind chopping off a few of the stalks to make a simple green arrangement inside. The flower only last 2 days but the green stems will last an entire month in a vase of water. It’s simple and free.

Use greenery to bring life and color to your space. Ferns are another great option.

Use greenery to bring life and color to your space. Ferns are another great option.

3. Branches or natural materials

A few years ago, on a neighborhood walk, I picked up a bunch of fallen branches from the sidewalk. Mother Nature makes the coolest art. I love how the branches bring nature indoors.

You can never go wrong with natural elements. The simplicity of the branches with the river rocks adds so much personality to my guest bathroom.

4. Bowl of fruit

I love a bowl of oranges or lemons on the dining room table. Not only do they add vibrant color and aroma to a room, they are also within arm’s reach for quick smoothies. And since my trees are abundant with fruit, they don’t cost me a cent. I can’t wait for mango season!

Lemons, limes, oranges, bananas, and managos make a great accent for the table.

Lemons, limes, oranges, bananas, and mangoes make a great accent for the table.

5. Fun, colorful pillows

I love dark teal pillows for the winter. But for spring and summer, I like to lighten the room with pattern and playful colors.

pillowsonsofa

My dark brown sofa makes a great background for colorful, patterned pillows.

 

Do you decorate with real flowers? Show us how these tips can help you.

 

 

About Terri Dux

Terri Dux

Besides being a writer, passionate blogger, and photographer for HomeWorld Furniture, Terri is also co-owner of a local t-shirt craft company. When not watching her favorite TV channel, HGTV, Terri likes to sew, vermicompost, and thrift at neighborhood garage sale

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