Florals have finally made their way into décor year round, bringing us colour and warmth no matter the season. Prints are bigger and bolder in giant motifs or all over prints, while photo realism prints, painterly watercolours and bold graphics give a taste for every style. Feature flowers are roses, cherry blossom, peonies, lilies and tulips. Here Andrea Ford shows us simple and striking ways to incorporate such florals into our decor.
Sources: wallpaper, Graham and Brown; pillows, felt pillows, ottoman, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Teen; blue floral rug, blooms, floral sheets, HomeSense; botanical prints, grey floral duvet set, orchid canvas print, IKEA; chair, pillows, ELTE; floral pillows, Tonic Living; Merrimeko chaise, Merrimeko dishes, EQ3; dining table, Cornerstone Furniture
Wallpapers are traditionally floral, but today’s prints are bolder and more realistic. Look for unusual colour treatment paired with a subdued ground prints.
Many photographic canvases show realistic or soft-focus flowers in an off-centered, close-up application. It’s a more artistic approach than a National Geographic or encyclopaedia type image. Antique-style decorative art also features individual flowers similar to botany art with an ethereal feel.
Use floral upholstery pieces as accents with a more subdued space. You can also mix with stripes or a graphic print for a mix and match look. EQ3’s Merrimeko collection shows how floral prints can be modern.
Bedding has also moved beyond the granny flannels, as we see in HomeSense's all-over photo realism print, and looks amazing paired with a solid cover duvet on top.
IKEA has a great tonal print that isn't overpowering if you just need a sprinkle of florals.
Cushions are the easiest way to introduce a new trend. Again we’re seeing the painterly prints and abstract placement of oversized flowers.
This isn’t your grandma’s floral china. Dinnerware is using the giant motif in one spot or all around the perimeter. Layer it in with your everyday solid pieces for a burst of spring when you really need it. Spring collections have melamine dinnerware for outdoors so the trend isn’t limited to everyday pieces.