Spring and flowers go hand in hand, but this season designs have gone super-natural, with big, bold blooms, tropical foliage and ultra-bright bouquets.
It’s partly due to modern techniques making it possible to conjure blooms so pin-point accurate that you feel you can almost pick them, and those advances have helped create sophisticated - but affordable - in-your-face flowery patterns, in vibrant shades which shriek colour and style confidence. If those haven’t yet grown on you, choose from the crop of more gentle, romantic, painterly floral effects.
“This season, floral designs have their rightful place as stars in the decor show,” says Tricia Guild, founder and creative director of Designers Guild.
“I’ve always been greatly inspired by flowers and they feature prominently in many of our collections. Historically, floral fabrics at a window are about extending the eye beyond the immediate physical space of the room, and a floral wallpaper on a feature wall can have a similar effect. Both approaches make it possible to create a vision of your very own garden inside your space.”
Make your home blooming beautiful and celebrate the great indoors...
Transport yourself to a tropical landscape, with hothouse flowers in plum and purple shades.
“Tropical flowers, stylised foliage and botanical references first developed in fashion and have crossed over into interiors,” says Louise Collis, designer at wallpaper and fabric specialists, Harlequin Studio.
“The resurgence of florals injects this season’s interior schemes with a sense of optimism and new beginnings, and the strong palette - which can range from vibrant hues through to deep moody shades - is turning heads and giving interiors an extravagance and richness, while at the same time promoting a feeling of sanctuary and escapism.”
TIP: Restrict your colour palette to three or four shades, ensuring one is natural, and keep patterns within this group of colours. Keep floors and ceilings neutral and combine colour with lots of white and pattern, to maintain a sense of harmony.