Fall­ing back in love with flo­rals

Flo­rals never fade or go out of fash­ion, thanks to our en­dur­ing pas­sion for na­ture. Make yours rooms look bloom­ing lovely with flo­ral de­signs guar­an­teed to grow on you

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - INDOORLIVING -

Flo­rals are a great way to re­flect the great out­doors in our homes – and right now, they’re in full bloom ev­ery­where.

But just as you wouldn’t have a wilt­ing bou­quet of flow­ers in your home, any flo­ral look you in­tro­duce should be fresh and bang-up-to-date too.

Luck­ily, to­day’s de­sign­ers’ in­ter­pre­ta­tions are a world away from the old-hat chintz and fussy looks of yes­ter­year. They’ve em­braced petal-power with bright, bold, new de­signs, aided by up-to-the-minute dig­i­tal tech­niques.

Think pas­tel pinks and wall­pa­pers fea­tur­ing petals and pretty blooms, for a fresh, fem­i­nine spin on flo­rals...

Re­becca Snow­den, in­te­rior style ad­vi­sor at Fur­ni­ture Choice, says: “When peo­ple talk about flo­rals, it tends to be cen­tred around spring and sum­mer fash­ion and in­te­ri­ors, with pow­dery pas­tel pinks a favourite both for the cat­walk and the home this year.

“Un­usu­ally, the trend will carry through late into win­ter and those pas­tel hues will move into deeper, darker reds and pinks. Plum and deep ma­genta against a smoky black back­ground will con­jure a dra­matic, gothic ef­fect.”

Strik­ing, pared-back de­signs and bold colour­ways are per­fect for a no-fuss or frills ap­proach to this look.

“Gi­ant flo­rals have been the stars of the cat­walk shows, and now, from wardrobe to walls, we’re re­viv­ing flo­ral pat­terns and em­brac­ing large-scale de­signs in bright, vi­brant colours for a state­ment look,” says Paula Taylor, colour and trends spe­cial­ist at Gra­ham & Brown.

“Ex­pres­sive, elab­o­rate blooms are mak­ing their way on to our walls, fur­ni­ture and home­ware to cre­ate dra­matic, coloured back­drops for the home. Peo­ple are be­com­ing much braver in their choice of de­sign and colours and after decades of plain mag­no­lia walls, Brits are fall­ing back in love with these pat­terns. It’s time to be colour-con­fi­dent again and ex­press per­son­al­ity through dy­namic pal­ettes and op­u­lent pat­terns.”

Botan­i­cal il­lus­tra­tions that could have come straight from the pages of a na­ture study book, com­bine with nat­u­ral tex­tures and a neu­tral colour pal­ette for an up­date on that peren­nial favourite – clas­sic coun­try.

“If, like me, you love re­flect­ing the sub­tle tones that you find in the gar­den, a pal­ette of laven­der, sage, rose and heather is a per­fect place to start,” ad­vises Claire Hornby, cre­ative stylist, Barker & Stone­house.

“These can be in­cor­po­rated into your scheme through soft fur­nish­ings, or smaller up­hol­stered pieces fea­tur­ing de­signs rem­i­nis­cent of nat­u­ral his­tory draw­ings, to in­ject char­ac­ter into your liv­ing space.”

“If an abun­dance of flow­ers, plants and all things nat­u­ral ap­peals to you, then don’t be afraid to use a large va­ri­ety of plants and blooms in one room, to help achieve a fresh feel.”

Clas­sic Coun­try Art­house Mys­ti­cal For­est room di­vider, white, cur­rently re­duced from £50 to £35, www. wall­pa­perdi­rect.com Katie Alice Ditsy Flo­ral sugar bowl and creamer, £29.99, www.cre­ative-tops.com Euo­nia wa­ter­colour flo­ral wall­pa­per, pink and grey, £99 a roll, www.wood­chipand­mag­no­lia.co.uk Sun­flower Cush­ion, £59.95, www.annabel­james.co.uk Mid­night Peony cush­ion, £79, www.re­flectan­drepeat.com. Red hot poker plants fea­ture against a dra­matic for­est back­ground in Up­per Brook Street, Mi­nuit wall­pa­per, £170 a roll, www.lit­tle­greene.com.

Fem­i­nine pink is off­set by a bold de­sign in this Painted Tulips Wall Mu­ral, cur­rently re­duced to £35 from £60, www.gra­ham­brown.com

Botan­i­cal Wall­pa­per Nostal­gia, £85 a roll, www. wood­chipand­mag­no­lia.co.uk

Small Brighton sofa in Lib­erty Fresco La­goon, cur­rently re­duced to £2,171 from £2,412, www. so­fasand­stuff.com.

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