Botanicals in Bloom
Whimsical garden-inspired elements are putting down roots in interiors. We explore the trend.
Spreading from the garden to every room in the house, florals are showing that they don’t have to be dainty or delicate.
Out with the old, in with the bold: That attitude is permeating the fashion and home design industries—reinventing both clothing and furnishings. This season’s trend takes cues from the garden, mixing botanical-inspired decor with high-contrast, geometric prints.
Traditional black-and-white houndstooth and striped patterns take on a new life when paired with curvaceous furniture and overscale florals, such as in this living room, opposite, by designer Lisa Mende. Rich greens and teals lend earthiness beside pops of saturated pinks and blues, and plush fabrics like velvet soften geometry. The style is versatile, blossoming in Bohemian-inspired interiors as well as those that epitomize refined Southern charm.
One part flirtatious, one part sophisticated, these botanical accents bridge the gap between indoors and outdoors without taking themselves too seriously as they enliven homes of all pedigrees.
LULIE WALLACE MELAMINE DINNER PLATE
$10, Anthropologie; anthropologie.com
ANNE WINGBACK CHAIR
$1,995, Massoud Furniture through One Kings Lane; onekingslane.com
$1,200, Kemble Interiors;
ROXY HOLLYWOOD REGENCY
PERIDOT GREEN MIRROR
$1,248, Kathy Kuo Home;
HARVEST DINING TABLE
$4,500, Bunny Williams Home;
This photo: Designer Summer Thornton expertly combines what she calls the “beauty of formal gardens with the quirky glamour of the 1960s” in this showhouse living room in Chicago. Oversize planters, long draperies, and a medley of floral-inspired prints and hues are carefully pieced together with seemingly casual abandon.
WHEAT-SHEAF SIDE TABLE
$325, One Kings Lane;
$12, Anthropologie; anthropologie.com
BIRDSONG, HAMPTON TRELLIS, AND CABIN BOARDS WALLPAPER
$40–$48 per roll,
York Wallcoverings; yorkwall.com
$3,399, Haute House;
SUFFOLK GREEN AREA RUG
$450 for 8×10-foot, Joss & Main;
This photo: Designers Joel Snayd, Erika Snayd, and Sarah Kowalski refreshed the interiors of an 1850s Savannah brownstone with watercolor-inspired hues and playful dollops of botanical patterns. In the living room, leafy artwork informs the duck-egg teal fabric and paint on a Victorian sofa.
$223 each, Kneen & Co.;
$185, Designers Guild;
VINTAGE FREESTANDING BATH WITH
ENGLISH TRELLIS CERAMIC BASE
$4,935 for tub, Kohler; kohler.com. $2,846 for base,
Kohler through Home Depot; homedepot.com
SEMI REZZONICO MURANO GLASS
$42,000, Striulli Vetri d’Arte through Artemest;
TURQUOISE CERAMIC HANDMADE KITCHEN TILE
$5.50 per 4×4-inch tile, Knobco;
This photo: Designers Anne Maxwell Foster
and Suysel dePedro Cunningham consider layering fabric patterns a signature detail of their New York design firm, Tilton Fenwick.
Here, the duo mixes floral and geometric prints on a chaise and then reapply the floral
as a bookcase liner and lampshade trim.
HAYWORTH LAMP $537, Wildwood Lamps & Accents; wildwoodlamps.com FLEUR DE GLEE WRITING DESK $1,999, Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture through Horchow; horchow.com VERDIGRIS PILLOW $141–$163, Jaipur through Burke Decor; burkedecor.com CHELSEA...