Here are a few things to consider before purchasing a silk floral wreath or swag for your home. There are many variables that distinguish one floral wreath from another such as size, shape, quality and uniqueness of the design. But which one is right for you? Purchasing a good quality floral wreath is a bit of an investment. Here are some things to consider before purchasing.

 

#1 SIZE OF YOUR HOUSE

If you are planning to use this wreath on your front door you will need to consider the size of your home. A big house will dwarf the size of a small wreath and a big wreath on a small house could look out of proportion. So proportion is the key to balancing the wreath and the design(consider the size of elements used in the wreath as well) to your home.

OK, so it is something to consider but in the end it all boils down to what you like. There are no hard and fast rules. Where do you want the focal point to be? It may be your front door but it could just as well be that big flower pot on your porch filled with luscious flowers that you want to take center stage. If you have a large porch or a lot of landscaping around the front of your house, you need to think about the sum of the parts.

#2 BUDGET

Of course, budget is something  to consider. If you are planning to use the wreath inside it is important to have high quality silk flowers. It will make all the difference. If you are using it outside on your front door you have more options for using a less expensive wreath.

Silk flowers come in all price points. Basically the more expensive the stem is the more realistic looking it will be. But the more realistic looking it is the less it will hold up in to the elements. So while these real looking stems are a must for inside, something less expensive would also be acceptable. Envision a plastic plant, it will hold up great in the rain but not so great to look at.

For more information on types of silk flowers: 4 Basic Types of Silk Flowers

 

# 3 HOW OFTEN YOU WILL BE CHANGING YOUR WREATH

Some people change theirs out seasonally, others by holiday, and others like to put one up occasionally. It is something to consider. A really good quality silk is not going to hold up in the weather as well as plastic. That being said, who wants a plastic wreath on their door? But if you are purchasing a wreath (say to match your house) and you are going to keep it up all year, look for one that has lots of greenery and maybe not as many flowers or choose flowers such as calla lilies that look so life like in a soft pvc.

 

#4 IS YOUR WREATH GOING BEHIND A STORM DOOR?

If it is, your wreath or swag will last forever (not literally) but is it protected from the elements behind the storm door. But, the reality is that finding a wreath or swag that is only about 4 1/2″ deep is hard to find.

 

#5 ALL WREATHS AND SWAGS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

The design and color of the wreath or swag is what most of us find so appealing but how is it constructed is the true test of quality. Are items wired in or is everything glued. You want to find a wreath maker that uses wire, floral picks and glue which makes for a wreath that will last much longer than using glue only.

Wreaths and swags add a “Welcome” to your front door or a three dimensional piece of art to your interior rooms. Either way you choose to use them, they always bring in a touch of the outdoors by adding the beauty of flowers. 

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