Fake flowers have long had a naff reputation; however, it's unrealistic for most of us to consider buying a bunch of fresh peonies every week. Luckily, there's a new flower trend that means you can fill every vase in the house without putting together an elaborate savings spreadsheet: dried flowers. Online shopping boutique Trouva says this is going to be a key interiors trends for 2019, with dried eucalyptus, lavender and thistles proving popular choices.
It seems like this is 2019's answer to the cheese plant. Like with most of our style obsessions, this started in Paris as the likes of Jeanne Damas, Sabina Socol and Marissa Cox sprawling dried bunches of grass in straw baskets. At fashion events I've been to this year, preserved flowers have been typically chosen instead of fresh flowers. When brands like Net-a-Porter choose to fill a room with dried flowers, you know they're now regarded as the height of chic.
This is a floral trend you're likely to see at weddings this summer, too, as dried grasses and flowers are being used for bridal bouquets alone or combined with fresh flowers, as well as for backdrops and centrepieces. Mandy Moore got married under an arch of dried flowers and carried a bouquet of preserved pink flowers at her wedding in November last year.
Trouva and Etsy are fully prepared for this spiking trend, as they both offer every kind of bloom you could hope for, with arranged bouquets for £25 and bunches of one type of flower for around £9. You can also extend the life span of your fresh flowers by drying them yourself. One of the most popular and simplest methods of drying flowers is to remove excess foliage, tie the bunch and hang it upside down for several weeks inside to let them air-dry.