The Best Flowers for Each Room in the House

Different blooms for different rooms.

There’s no question that flowers are paramount on Valentine’s Daybut note that choosing which flowers is equally important. When February 15th rolls round, the highlighter orange-dyed carnation stems sitting on the kitchen counter may not jibe with your champagne headache. The right arrangements require complementary settings. Here, we suggest different blooms for different rooms.

Orchids for the Bathroom

It only makes sense that a tropical flower like an orchid would thrive in the most humid room in the house: the bathroom. The heat and steam emanating from the shower hydrates the plant. But humidity is only half of the recipe for a flourishing orchid—they also crave sunlight. Not too much of it, though, so keep the plant near a window sill and not directly in the sun.

Calla Lilies for the Kitchen

The kitchen is the one place filled with the most smells on a daily basis, so adding another one isn’t necessary. To avoid mixing in notes of floral perfume with spaghetti and meatballs, a subtle scent works best. The calla lily is almost completely fragrance-free. It’s simple, yet visually striking enough to not get lost amidst piles of homework, mail, and all else that graces the kitchen counter.

Peonies for the Bedroom

Pleasant scents are, however, welcome in the place where you lay your head. Peonies have a sweet, soothing smell, and are a delicate addition to a nightstand. What’s more, the flowers are most fragrant in the morning before their oils begin to fade throughout the day, making for a refreshing way to wake up.

Anemones for the Living Room

Anemones are a unique-looking bunch, suitable for crafting a new coffee table focal point. They’re aromatic members of the buttercup family (as noted in their cup-shaped petals), and are often available in a variety of brilliant colors. Anemones are also thought to be a sort of lucky charm—they could come in handy during game night.

Champagne Roses for the Dining Room

A Valentine’s Day without roses wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day at all. Fortunately, they’re so universal they can live happily in most rooms—though the creamy hue of champagne roses work especially well in the dining room, where their appearance isn’t overpowering and their scent is subtle enough to enjoy a meal in their presence.