21 gorgeous winter flower arrangements

21 gorgeous winter flower arrangements



Lucy Hunter

Add a touch of sophistication to your seasonal decor with a jar of puffy ornaments, as Lucy Hunter, author of flower hunter, In her illustrated Christmas arrangement which contrasts with the heavier greenery throughout the room. “We have a number of large trees at the bottom of our garden, and at this time of year the wind blows across the valley where I live in North Wales and leaves me with some lovely droppings left on the grass,” Hunter says. “I like to use these, putting them in an old jar filled with water. Sometimes that and the evocative Christmas scent of pine is enough but in this case I had a few old roses that were hanging on their petals but they looked very romantic and some seed heads Which you pass through the greens is very simple and fast.” And we might add, fantastic.


Vegetarian delights

Winter flower arrangements
Jane Ford

For this year's seasonal masterpiece, look no further than this nearby deserted street. Just ask North Yorkshire-based floral photographer Janie Ford, who believes that treasures can be found in the most unexpected places. “I love looking for inspiration in winter hedgerows and foraging components that can often be overlooked in floral design,” she says. This soaring chandelier-turned-plant festival features ivy berries, rosehips, crab apples, Vitaleba jasmine, pine branches, and dried limoniums.


Soft bone

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Jin Canto

In this blush Monomi banquet, a floral arrangement adds a soft but moody palette of rust, blush, purple and peach with more saturated colors. “An interesting table scene needs a sculptural moment that is still warm, unique and inviting,” say Monica Santayana and Ronald Alvarez of Monomi. “We like to use a variety of dried and fresh flowers, from traditional stems to more unusual stems.” Here, Santayana used dried magnolia leaves, classic garden roses, an unexpected ginger stem from a peach shampoo, and tropical anthurium. Bonus tip: Dried flowers add texture and are amazingly long-lasting.

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Feather flora

Hackney house
Michael Sinclair

Replace the traditional evergreen wreath with plumes of wild feathers that are as dainty as they are powerful. Just see the massive greenery at the London home of House of Hackney founders Frieda Gormley and Javi M. Royle. Here, a fireplace mantel bouquet of branches and wild greenery is sure to wow every holiday guest.


Luxurious legs

Winter floral arrangements
Courtesy Gogotastic

Choose a classic Christmas color scheme with evergreen foliage and special berries that add color and texture. “This holiday centerpiece is a spin on traditional luxury sentiments, but with a modern twist,” says Joanna Hawley-McBride of Jojotastic. Our favorite unexpected addition? “Pomegranates provide a wonderful traditional touch of red but in a fun, new way… Finally, roses always bring a classic feel, and in the case of this arrangement, it looks perfect,” she adds.


Pear compote

Winter flower arrangements
Courtesy of Affloral / Photographer: Stephanie Russo

Swap your classic color palette this season for a feminine, French-inspired look. Meg Callahan of Afloral created this lush compote design made entirely of artificial flowers that requires absolutely no maintenance (except the occasional dusting). “For a dramatic moment, we left the pears tall and highlighted their vibrant yellow color with muted violet Dutch roses and complementary hellebores,” says Callahan.

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Reference to Norfolk

Winter flower arrangements
Courtesy of Affloral / Photographer: Carly Page

Another simple yet sophisticated faux moment, shout out to Meg Callahan of Afloral, who combined artificial Norfolk branches and a few sprigs of faux juniper in a creamy white ceramic vase. “We mixed the two winter greens for a textured, dimensional look,” says Callahan. “We also kept the Norfolk branches long, so they looked more architectural, which helped draw the eye into the space.”


Horticultural grandeur

Winter flower arrangements
Courtesy viburnum designs

These abundant blooms provide seasonally neutral drama that can be justified any time of year. Complete with a classic amphoral vase, these flowing blooms are the archetype of a flower festival, if there can only be one. “Demand: something natural and one type of flower,” says Ashling O'Brien of Viburnum Designs. “Our answer: a big bunch of local spirea, tucked into a dramatic vessel.”


Pepper berry panache

Table fall
Photography by Edward Underwood

Designer Shauna Underwood has a keen eye for reimagining classic motifs without completely throwing out tradition — especially in her latest floral collection, which exudes holiday elegance with a tropical twist. “I knew I wanted to make a big statement with the table centerpiece,” Underwood says. “I also wanted a centerpiece that was unique and not your typical floral arrangement. Pepper leaves were the perfect solution. Provides vibrant shades of green, red and pink and lots of texture. It only takes a few branches to get a full cascading look Perfect for winter.

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Sculpture chrysanthemums

Ken Folk Sonoma Estate
Douglas Friedman

This floral moment marking the California entryway at Sonoma Estate designed by Ken Fulk is the ultimate holiday treat for this sunroom. Some tastefully placed tree branches add dramatic height, while vibrant chrysanthemums create an artistic silhouette for the spacious room. She's the belle of the ball!


Festive sap

Hackney house
Michael Sinclair

These lush tropical bathroom plants add nothing to the moment; they We are the moment. So, to transform the holiday in their London home, House of Hackney founders Frida Gormley and Javi M. Royle need do little more than add a hanging succulent (right) and (left) the appropriately named mistletoe cactus. It channels all the atmosphere of Christmas in the Bahamas, Anglo style. How smashing!


Fun branches

Home decoration
William Waldron

For this look, we took to the piles in our own archives because the effortlessly arranged branches of strawberries—in art curator Susan Harris and interior designer Glenn Geisler's prewar apartment off Fifth Avenue—are giving us major green love. In their dining room, simple greenery adds a festive touch to the dark scheme. It's proof that if you've become ever-happy with greenery in the rest of your space, the pleasant summer vibes can bring welcome sunshine into your breakfast routine.

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Snow White flowers

1 dibs Ken Folk
Douglas Friedman

Celebrate the happy season with a simple vase of peonies. This dramatic heirloom arrangement that stems from Ken Fulk's guest house in Montana is a testament to the timelessness of white buds. Our favorite detail? The farmhouse-style vase ties in with the house's signature Thermador collection and lid.


True forever Fleur

Internal and external
Emily J. Folwell

Whoever considers roses the eternal flower has surely overlooked the dazzling peony, which floats above this holiday-decorated living room in Atlanta-based design by Susan Kasler. While a rose by any other name would smell sweet (thank you, Shakespeare), a peony could smell even sweeter. A soft blend of jasmine, rose and jelly flower, the scent of peony is slightly less peppery and slightly sweeter than rose. But fragrance is not the only strength of these precious flowers: these beauties tolerate extreme cold, and withstand sub-zero temperatures.


Seasonal appeal

Winter flower arrangements
Michelle Warren

Pomegranates, raspberries, peppers, and winter kale? Who knew that the colder months could provide such lush (not to mention delicious) fodder for ornamentals. “We love using seasonal elements for our floral arrangements, and the fall and winter seasons are full of unusual options,” says third-generation floral designer Anna Lou Belle Taylor. “Every element here adds unexpected texture and color that makes the arrangement feel layered and seasonally appropriate.”

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Fun buds

Madeline Harper

This happy basket of warm-hued flowers in IDCO Studio founder Anastasia Casey's dining room delivers all the drama with restraint appropriate to the size of the table. “I started with a watertight bowl inside the basket and placed a ball of chicken wire in the bowl to maintain the shape of the centerpiece,” Casey says. “I started with half a dozen faux chocolates, then added the larger branches and thicker-stemmed dahlias after that. This adds more structure to the arrangement and distributes the weight. Pro tip: Don't forget to remove the leaves from the flower stems for a more structured look.”


Tranquil greenery

Winter flower arrangements
Megan Klein

When it comes to decking the halls of your tiny house, simple elegance can be severely underestimated. “The holidays can be overwhelming because of the glitz and glamour, so sometimes it's good to tone things down,” says Joanna Hawley-McBride of Jojotastic, who has collected noble fir, icy blue cypress, ponderosa pine, and tallow berry. Faceted geometric vase. “It's like creating a mini-forest for your table. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it's not that hard to achieve. In fact, all of the greenery we used was fodder, except for the juniper elements in the centerpiece.”


Classic cardinal

Winter floral arrangements
Courtesy viburnum designs

We're swooning over this loud and proud crimson holiday package, curated by Viburnum Designs. Bold berry branches are accented by copious amounts of warm-hued magnolia leaves, all complemented by earthy red cedar branches. Talk about fun and bright! “Halls? Decorated. Vases? Full. Let's have fun!” says Ashling O'Brien of Viburnum Designs.

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Spray draped

Christmas decorations ideas
Douglas Friedman

These interesting trimmings, also found on Ken Fulk's Montana ski house, add a pop of color to the wild wood look. However, with up to seven rescue dogs at a time (not to mention people), the atmosphere at this getaway is very relaxed, which is why we love the intentionally slightly wilted flowers that create an easy-going feel.


Unexpected flourishes

Winter floral arrangements

Give your floral arrangement the royal treatment. Here, the latest holiday centerpiece by designer and Prince's Trust patron India Hicks (which is so beautiful it almost seems edible) is proof that more is always more when done right. “There's no occasion for anything less, in my opinion,” she says with a laugh. For Hicks, it's all about layering abundantly, from traditional Christmas crackers (which she carries all the way home to the Caribbean) to candles, glassware and napkins. Her favorite source of greenery? “Oca leaves are very convincing, and they are hard to find,” she says. “Mixing in some pheasant feathers from the garden makes it look a bit wild, and definitely unpredictable – I hate predictability.”

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Rachel Silva, associate digital editor at ELLE DECOR, covers design, architecture, trends, and anything high-fashion. She has previously written for Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and CityWire.

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