Choose from the sea­son’s crops of flow­ery pat­terns to bring the out­side in

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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 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.”

One way of us­ing th­ese new flo­rals is to 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. Al­ter­na­tively, you could splash on colour and a va­ri­ety of pat­terns, for a wild gypsy look. Or colour up with bright pink blooms in pretty-asa-pic­ture shades, from rose, fuschia and cherry blos­som to lip­stick pink.

Mauve flo­ral plat­ter, £16, Next An­chor a pink scheme with a state­ment piece, try the bouji love seat up­hol­stered in Cas­sis pink, £229,; Evans Lich­field Tulip cush­ion, £12.50, www.cotswold­trad­; left, Colom­bia Road patch­work bed­ding, starts from £28, BHS

The Shang­hai Gar­den Col­lec­tion comes in a gor­geous soft vi­o­let. Wall­pa­per £79 per 10-me­tre roll, and fab­ric £75 a me­tre,­sign­ers

Treat your­self to a cush­ion fea­tur­ing paint-box red blooms; a Fiji Flo­ral Cush­ion, £12.99, Dob­bies stores; stretch the bud­get with a felt 3D-em­bel­lished red and pink flo­ral cush­ion, £199, www.cush­

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