There is nothing more classic in home decorating than the floral – it never goes out of style. Floral prints can be botanical and iconic, or colorful and modern, and they provide a fresh, feminine sensibility to a space. In honor of spring and all its heady blooms, here are some ideas for incorporating the floral into your decorating.
A Bright Accent
If you’re not sure about committing to floral prints, you can test them out with some bold floral accent pillows on your more neutral furniture or a pretty flower-patterned tablecloth in your dining room. Swap out some wall hangings you’re tired of for a pair of garden-inspired framed botanical prints. These are all easy and low-risk ways to try florals in your home.
Here we have a beautifully done example by Tamar at Nest Pretty Things where the throw pillows have a subtle touch of floral print that really blends in with the room. The goal is to not be overwhelming with this pattern, and Tamar has done a wonderful job! Check out here awesome blog and accessory designs over here!
In the Bedroom
A floral duvet cover or another bedding is a great way to introduce a bouquet into your sleeping quarters and adds femininity to the room. The same can be said for floral window treatments, lampshades, or a headboard upholstered with a floral fabric that complements the bedding. If your aim is to keep the space more gender-neutral, pick a floral on a grey or tan background. Finally, the bedroom is a lovely and unexpected place for fresh flowers by the bedside or on a dresser.
Phoebe Oldrey of Smartstyle Interiors has done a fantastic job with this master bedroom! The blue shade makes is not overwhelmingly feminine, but still gives a classy touch of floral. The matching color wall and curtains tie the whole room together, making this an excellent example of floral print being used in the bedroom. Check out her blog for some very insiteful design tips with her English background and style!
Garden-inspired prints are classic wallpaper subjects, but there are just as many bold and modern floral wallpapers on offer. Consider an accent wall of paper behind your sofa or your bed, to bring florals in without overwhelming a space. Small prints look great in bathrooms or kitchens, but you can also use papers with bolder patterns and colors as an alternative to tile in a kitchen – bonus: most wallpaper is more durable than paint for use in food prep/cooking areas.
Lisa Wolfe used floral wallpaper as an accent wall in this kitchen to bring this eclectic, bohemian kitchen to life! While it is not behind the cooking area, this pattern makes this an interesting and unique kitchen design without overwhelming you with the floral pattern. Check out her blog for some cool design tips and lifestyle tricks!
If your sofa is a checked pattern, that doesn’t mean you can’t use florals in the living room too. In fact, layering patterns is a chic way to sophisticate a space. Traditional florals on classic upholstery are one of a decorator’s favorite tools. Try matching your accent chairs and sofa pillows to tie together a cohesive look. The key is to use patterns of differing scales; if your floral is a large cabbage rose, pair it with a smaller more geometric pattern for balance.
Texas based designer Carl Wesley Lowery executed this technique with ease and class in this living room by matching his chairs with the throw pillows on the couch, contrasting the leather footrest in between. Well done Carl!
Try Floral Underfoot
Artful floral prints on the floor are another way to use this style. Awaken a room with pale neutral walls by adding a lively color palette underfoot. Use the colors from the floor covering as inspiration for accompanying textiles. Floral kitchen rugs are an excellent way to add pattern, color, and warmth, and a bright print effortlessly livens up a white or neutral kitchen. Area rugs in the kitchen should be durable materials that can withstand traffic and spills – an added plus is that floral prints tend to hide stains!
These Canadian carpet experts have managed to place this carpet strategically by the island for cooking prep, and doesn’t let the pattern make the kitchen feel too cluttered. Wonderful job!