Choose from the season’s crops of flowery patterns to bring the outside in
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, www.made.com; Evans Lichfield Tulip cushion, £12.50, www.cotswoldtrading.com; 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, www.designers guild.com
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.cushlab.co.uk