55+ Pretty Flower Arrangements to Cheer Up Any Room

A few bright blooms make all the difference.

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Learn to how to make beautiful floral centerpieces to impress guests and decorate your home. Wherever you place your flowers, these designer ideas and tricks will have 'em looking better and lasting longer than ever.

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Jonny Valiant
White Tulips

A neutral bouquet can complement a bright backdrop. In a Palm Beach bedroom painted Benjamin Moore's Salmon Peach, white tulips also pick up on the apple green accents.

More: The 10 Most Gorgeous Wedding Bouquets Of All Time

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James Carriere
Bright Pink Peonies

A bright bouquet of vibrant peonies (as seen here in a San Francisco home designed by Martha Angus and Katie McCaffrey) is an easy way to wake up a neutral room.

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Ashley Whittaker
Thomas Loof
Purple Sweet Peas

Arrangements in the dining room echo a New York farmhouse's deep purple living room. Paired with lavender glassware and linens, full-petaled sweet peas, and anemones add their own shot of color.

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DAVID A. LAND
Rhododendrons and Butterfly Weed

Sometimes, all it takes is an eccentric vase (or in this case, two) to make a statement. In this Philadelphia dining room, designed by Wendy Wurtzburger and Chris Bentley, a pair of majolica parrots hold rhododendrons and butterfly weed.

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Nicole Lamotte
Bluebells and Marigolds

Designer Heather Taylor recreated the motif on her great-grandmother's plates for a garden party's bouquets. "Even if guests don't notice the reference, it's a lovely detail that adds a fun symmetry," she says of the bluebells and marigolds.

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Kana Okada
Dahlias and Dill Weed

Flowers aren't just a spring thing. Ceramist Frances Palmer made fall flowers the guests of honor at an autumn luncheon. Raspberry branches and dill weed fill out the dahlia arrangements.

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Martyn Thompson
Blue Vases

You can't go wrong with blue and white — with blooms or vessels. Here, Frances Palmer Pottery's Cambridge pitcher and Vigee vase rest on Clarence House's Milano velvet.

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Courtesy of Carolyne Roehm
Nosegay Bunches

Groupings of nosegays can be more romantic than one big vase full. Designer and gardener Carolyne Roehm recommends arranging them naturally, like the blooms just came from the garden.

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Kathryn Wirsing
Lemons and Herbs

This delightfully overgrown bouquet amps up its rustic design when placed in a birch vase (like ). Its "just-picked" style is especially striking next to a tidy terrarium of succulents.

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Ngoc Minh Ngo
Orange and White

Orange isn't just for Halloween. Photographer and author Ngoc Minh Ngo collaborated with floral designer Nicolette Owen to design a citrus-y spring tablescape, placing flowers in small containers of varying heights and styles.

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Courtesy of Carolyne Roehm
Aromatics

Unscented flowers can be beautiful to look at, but ultimately sort of a letdown. While some people believe fragrant blooms such as tuberose or gardenia don't belong on a dinner table, Roehm says this rule is overstated.

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Kathryn Wirsing
Rainbow Bouquets

Displayed in a pair of wide glass vases, this bursting arrangement instantly brightens a sideboard. But the vessels can also be repositioned to fill two ends of a long dining table.

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Joe Schmelzer
Peonies and Roses

Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell loosens up the formality of teatime by covering a spring table with miniature bouquets of roses and peonies.

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"Mom is from Virginia," says Redd. "Her silver is collected, d, and worshipped." Heirloom Tiffany & Co. silver and D. Porthault linens decorate the table.
Peter Murdock
Pink Anemones

Balance a sparse bunch of flowers with overflowing bowls of fruit, like in this dining room by Miles Redd.

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William Abranowicz
Leucospermum

Don't discount your home's existing style. These exotic blooms, also called "pincushion flowers," enliven the terrace of a Moroccan-inspired house.

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Kathryn Wirsing
Pink and Green

A base of floral foam helps these bursting rosy blooms stand at attention, but a can also help steady the flowers as you arrange them.

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Lilacs from the garden add another burst of color to the room.
Thomas Loof
Purple Lilacs

Go ahead and pile on the color. Lilacs from the garden add another energetic burst to a living room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber.

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Courtesy of Carolyne Roehm
Flared Vases

The most useful vase is mid-sized with a slightly flared opening, says Roehm. The volume of flowers and the container itself are inherently balanced.

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Deep, rich colors warm up a corner of the living room.
Thomas Loof
Flowering Branches

Fill up an empty space with a towering arrangement, like the grouping of cherry blossoms in this colorful farmhouse. If you use clear glass, the stems are visible and part of the design. In that case, add a few drops of bleach to the water to keep it clear, says Roehm.

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Courtesy of Carolyne Roehm
Opaque Containers

Metal, ceramic and even colored glass vessels are more forgiving than clear vases — especially if you plan to use foam, marbles or a flower frog for stability.

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Karyn R. Millet
Yellow Calla Lilies

For a can't-miss bouquet, emulate an existing accessory or color palette. The matching lilies shown here double down on a San Francisco home's sunny decor.

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Bjorn Wallander
Delphiniums

Eclectic decor can benefit from a cohesive color scheme. An all-blue palette refreshes the onetime hotel that John Knott and John Fondas transformed into their Maine summer house.

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Kathryn Wirsing
Bud Vases

Corralled on a glimmering silver tray, a group of mismatched (but all clear) vessels is unexpected, but not cluttered. Plus, this arrangement offers each individual bloom a starring role.

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In the dining room, the homeowner's equestrian prints hang on walls papered in Lyford Trellis, a graphic bamboo lattice print by China Seas that brings a touch of the garden inside. The granite-topped mahogany console table and brass-mounted peat bucket came from a Christie's auction.
Francesco Lagnese
Green and Yellow

Masculine spaces can stand a flower or two. In the dining room of a Georgian manor, a full bunch of greenery sets off the bamboo lattice wallpaper.

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Joe Schmelzer
Purple Tulips

With a love of gutsy hues, Los Angeles-based designer Oliver M. Furth finds that a spring table is a fun place to experiment with color. "You can do something trendier or more fashion-forward than you might ever attempt in a whole room," he says.

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Francesco Lagnese
Vase Trios

Showcase your heirlooms with a helping of fresh flowers. In a Manhattan apartment, Qing vases flank an earthenware jar acquired by the homeowner's family 75 years ago.

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James Merrell
Red and Pink

Bold rooms deserve bold blooms. In the library of a London townhouse, crimson peonies stand up to the daring red wall color.

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Courtesy of Carolyne Roehm
Seasonal Favorites

Flowers that bloom at the same time — like lilacs and tulips — often look beautiful in a bouquet. For fillers, use whatever's green and growing near them, advises Roehm.

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Francesco Lagnese
Antique Vases

Your souvenirs can get the flower-treatment, too. The owners of a Manhattan apartment bought this bronze vase on one of their annual trips to Italy.

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Mali Azima
White and Purple

Hometown inspiration works equally well. The owner of a Florida beach house likes to arrange garden flowers in glass vases from local antique markets.

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