Bring the out­doors in­side with trendy flo­ral pat­ters

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FAMILY LIVING -

WHILE the flow­ers are just be­gin­ning to bloom out­side, it can be sum­mer al­ready in­side your home. Flo­ral pat­terns are one of the top trends this sea­son for bring­ing colour and fresh­ness to in­te­ri­ors. It may not be a new trend and it’s a look that di­vides peo­ple into love or hate cat­e­gories, but our pas­sion for blos­soms en­dures be­cause they never fail to give rooms a zingy lift. Even treat­ing a home to a sim­ple scat­ter­ing of flow­ery printed ac­ces­sories – a cush­ion here and a throw there – will lift the spir­its. The mod­ern flo­rals look is all about us­ing colour and pat­tern to soften cool and min­i­mal­ist mod­ern de­sign. To get this look the pat­terns are full of bold fuch­sias, bright greens and blues. And you can use one flo­ral pat­tern repli­cated or a flo­ral pat­tern mixed in with other bold pat­terns such as stripes. Ab­stract flo­ral de­signs in bright colours will add drama to any room and the big­ger the pat­tern the bet­ter. This will work be­cause most ul­tra-mod­ern in­te­ri­ors are pale and neu­tral. While the dom­i­nat­ing flo­ral prints this year are bold there are more gen­tle, tra­di­tional pat­terns avail­able. Vintage flo­ral prints are also around in abun­dance. These pretty de­signs, like Cather­ine Kid­ston printed home ac­ces­sories, give homes a soft­ened feel. Clas­sic flo­rals which con­jure a coun­try re­treat or com­ple­ment a pe­riod style have been given a 21st-cen­tury facelift. The big prints have been re­placed by smaller, more in­tri­cate, de­signs. These smaller prints are also great for chil­dren’s bed­rooms or cosy ar­eas as they are more tran­quil­ity in­duc­ing.

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