From Liberty’s signature Tana Lawn prints with their pretty, detailed motifs to 1950s designs in upbeat colourways, which have a nostalgic charm, small-scale patterns bring warmth and cheer to a room. Although more often associated with dress and fashion fabrics, they have a similar appeal when used decoratively in the home. Flowers in bud or sprigged designs offer a fresh, romantic quality: popular on a wide variety of accessories, from needlepoint rugs and cushions to porcelain tea sets, they are ideal for bringing a softer, feminine touch to a space. Traditionally, small designs would have been relegated to trim or line curtains and blinds. Using them centre stage in a decorating scheme works well in smaller rooms and they’re perfect for cottagestyle interiors where full-blown florals could be overbearing. Try Cath Kidston (cathkidston.com), Laura Ashley (lauraashley.com), Greengate (greengate.dk) and Liberty (liberty.co.uk).