Guest Author - Haidy Ear-Dupuy
Hear the word orchids and we often think of beautiful hotel lobbies with large vase filled with orchid blooms cascading down in all directions. The other extreme image of orchids in the decorating world is the Japanese décor with its white Phalaenopsis that arches over its clean lined vase. Minimal, simple, elegant, colorful, profuse and abundant are some of the words that come to our minds when thinking of decorating our homes with orchids.
Depending on the look you are going for in your house, you can either choose to be the minimalist or the abundance. This would also depend on the size of your room. Often, if you have a small room, with few colors, then it is better to choose the minimalist style. Use neutral colors in your small room so that you can showcase your orchid in a prominent part of the room. Make sure to have less decorative things in your room so as to draw attention to the orchid. Also ensure that there is protection for your furniture below the orchid pot by using a waterproof tray. A proper tray below your plant will keep the water well and does not let moisture seep to your furniture below. Wood furniture can easily be damaged with the humidity of the plant sitting on it.
If you have a large room with some colors, you may want to have something larger and more attention grabbing for a display. In this case a large vase with many branches of orchids all grouped together can create a dramatic effect. If using blooming plants, you can group the plants together. Usually a large tray with multiple orchid plants in bloom grouped together, all with the same colors, can be placed in the center of the room. The grouped plants can last longer and you can exchange the fading flowering orchid with new ones, thus sustaining the life of your arrangement.
When choosing a vase, aim for clean line and simple style. Do not overpower your orchids with the complexities of the vase. To add height to your plant, you can put foam at the bottom of the vase and place the plant on it. Make sure the size of your plant and the size of the vase match each other. Don’t have a large vase holding up a small plant or vice-versa. Aim to showcase your orchid plant and flower, not the vase. With a beautiful vase, it is better not to put anything in it but let it stand alone as a display.