Whether you are a keen gardener with green fingers, or just someone who appreciates nature's beauty, you are sure to agree that peonies are a thing of wonder. In fact, if you are considering brightening up your home with a floral wall mural, you may just want to make a peony mural your wall art of choice.
These spring-time blooms have something of a cult following, gracing many a Pinterest and Instagram account, and lighting up our dinner table vases and flower borders with their abundance of silky pastel-hued petals.
The voluptuously blossoming flowers are also a popular choice for bridal bouquets and Mother's Day gifts, not to mention being the designated flower for 12th wedding anniversaries.
But wait, there's more. In fact, there are a whole bunch of reasons (get it?) why you may want to welcome peonies into your garden, or introduce them into your home with a tasteful flower wall mural. Read on to find out more!
1. Peonies are a symbol of good luck
In the language of flowers, you would be hard pressed to find a luckier bloom than the peony. Not only does this flower represent a joyous marriage (which is why it is such a good choice as a wedding anniversary blossom), the peony also stands for many other pleasing qualities. These range from compassion and honour, all the way through to prosperity, poise, romance, and all-around good luck.
In fact, so engrained is this association of peonies with an upturn in fortunes that, in China, the peony has been adopted as the national flower, and pictures of peonies are hung on the walls to attract good luck.
If you feel like you would like to attract some positivity into your own life, or inject some more harmony into your marriage, then perhaps you may like to follow suit. With such a wealth of positive associations, adorning your walls with a peony wall mural surely can't hurt!
2. Peony flowers feature an attractively ample beauty
While it may be true that peonies don't actually flower for very long, when they do, they certainly know how to bloom in style! Some peony flowers can be so bounteous that they can measure up to 10 inches in diameter – reminiscent of a particularly pretty pastel cabbage (which, as it happens, is how Marco Polo described them).
This generous cascade of petals makes them an ideal subject for a flower wall mural, as their lustrous blooms will make an eye-catching focal point in any room.
3. Nurture your creative urges with an inspiring peony backdrop
If you harbour any creative or artistic inclinations, then you may be intrigued to discover that peonies have a long history of inspiration. For instance, did you know that peonies were the favoured flower of Edouard Manet? These pretty rumpled blooms were so beloved of the artist that, not only did he grow them in his garden, he also painted a whole series of peony portraits.
You will also find stunning images on the Internet of peony paintings created by the likes of Alexander Gerasimov, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Henri Fantin-Latour. Their vibrant and colourful artworks effortlessly capture the ruffled elegance of these abundant flowers.
While the original paintings have been snaffled up by collectors and prestigious art museums around the world, you can find prints of these various peony paintings online. If you order some and have them framed, they would make an attractive accompaniment to your peony mural.
4. So much more than a pretty face
It's easy to see – and smell – why peonies are so popular these days, as these vibrant flowers come in a variety of luxurious colours, and exude a scent so captivating that they have been used in many a designer fragrance. However, if you would like to incorporate a flower into your home decor which has important historical significance, then the peony is also an excellent choice for this reason.
Yes, you may not realise it, but the humble peony has an illustrious legacy when it comes to human history, serving not only as a stunning decoration but also as an important component of medicines and healing.
In China, white peony was included in treatments for various ailments, including fever, hypertension and muscle spasms, while in Greece the plant was found to be beneficial for epilepsy. To this day, powdered peony root can be drunk to ease frazzled nerves, and treat irregularities in the menstrual cycle, as well as the accompanying cramps.
Arguably most remarkable of all, peony plants have also been discovered to contain a grand total of 18 constituents which can be used for an anti-coagulant effect, to ensure healthy blood flow. This can prove very useful in preventing some forms of heart disease. So, not only are peonies beautiful to look at, they are also potentially life-saving as well – what more could you ask for?
5. Peonies are good for the soul
If you needed any more reasons to bring peonies into your life, here is one of the best of all – they will make you happy!
Admittedly, this joy-boosting quality isn't restricted just to peonies. A 2005 study by Professor Jeanette Haviland-Jones revealed that flowers have powerful mood-boosting effects, with gifts of blooms managing to elicit a Duchenne smile in recipients.
This smile, explained Haviland-Jones in a Vogue article, was evidence that the people who were given flowers had reacted with "100 percent" happiness. Her study also posited that flowers "have immediate and long-term effects on emotional reactions, mood, social behaviours and even memory". Now that's some really incredible flower power.
Bring the positive power of peonies into your home with a peony wall mural
If you can't wait to start bringing the many blooming marvellous qualities of peonies into your life, you can't go wrong with our Bouquet of Peonies wall mural.
This breathtaking piece of wall art, with its graceful spherical shape, will become the focal point of any room and add some effortless floral splendour to your home.
Easy to handle and apply, this mural can be installed by DIY users and professionals alike, so before you know it, you will have a wall of peonies to marvel at. Order online today or contact our team to find out more.