Swags and Wreaths – not just for the holidays

March 27th, 2008 by Heather Dyer

Often used as holiday décor, swags and wreaths needn’t be put away for the rest of the year. Typically we think of pine needles and red bows, but they not only come in many spring, summer, and fall colors, they are very purposeful year-round décor for the front door, the family room fire place mantle, and a host of other locations.

Swags and wreaths are generally designed in three ways:

Dried swags and wreaths are made of flowers and leaves that have been dried either in a controlled environment or by exposure to natural sunlight. These wreaths work best for people living in a humid climate. Without dense humidity, breakage and flower crumbling occurs quite easily.

Preserved swags and wreaths are made of live flowers that have been chemically preserved. Some preserving agents also add a boost of color to give the wreath a longer life and more vibrant colors. These wreaths work best for people living in a dry climate as humidity often causes their artificially added color to run or their preservation to be compromised.

Artificial swags and wreaths are made from synthetic materials and are made to withstand all types of weather and humidity levels. They are also hypoallergenic and have very low maintenance. Most high quality artificial or silk wreaths look extremely lifelike and are built to endure beautifully season after season, year after year.

With such variety, using swags and wreaths to keep décor in-season is easy. For a light, happy spring feel, look for swags and wreaths made with a combination of morning glory, petunias, eucalyptus, dainty ferns, hydrangea, daisies, peonies, or other brightly colored blooms. White magnolias are a lovely summer selection. Magnolia blossoms are pure white with dark green leaves on a vine base. Its stark contrast is both elegant and refined. If floral isn’t your preference, consider a more earthy approach. Textured balls, pine cones, variegated grasses, wheat head/stalks, feathers, leaves, and moss are popular items found on such wreaths. For a Victorian, romantic ambiance, select a swag or wreath of roses accented with ivy, berries, grapevine, eucalyptus, or small blooms and buds of other flower types.

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