Forget the 70s connotations, today’s florals are fresh, vibrant and beautiful. We ask the experts how to work the trend in your home
You could be forgiven for feeling a little bit floral this month, with Chelsea Flower Show, our boroughs in bloom, and fashion feeling flowery. Interiors too are going big on nature, with flowers a key trend for 2019.
Rebecca Drury, co-founder of wallpaper specialists, MissPrint, notes that there are several ways to try out florals. If you are feeling brave, go big and bold. “Large-scale florals and leaf prints can work well for accent walls and curtains. It can be a real focal point for a room and a great way to show your personality,” says Rebecca. Farrow & Ball’s head of creative, Charlotte Cosby, concurs, adding that big and bold can work really well, even in small spaces: “Don’t be afraid to use large prints in smaller spaces. A beautiful floral pattern will actually distract from the size of the room.”
If you want to toe-dip into the trend, try ditsy florals. Says Rebecca: “Small scale repeating florals can create a delicate and calming space. They also have a more traditional feel to them. Or go for more stylised and loose interpretations of flowers and plants, which offer a contemporary take on the trend. They are often very graphic and can have quite a refined colour palette.”
You could also use florals in surprising ways. Says Charlotte: “Use wallpaper to line the inside of drawers or inside of cupboards. This will create a charming surprise within a seemingly normal looking space – try using a bold print like our Lotus in a metallic colourway to really catch the eye.”
Ceilings, too, are the perfect place for your floral fantasy: “Use floral wallpapers on the ceiling to create the illusion of nature growing above you, giving you a relaxing retreat for a bedroom, or a real talking point in an entertaining space,” says Charlotte. “For a dramatic look, wallpaper everything in the room from the top of the skirting to the ceiling.”
“An often unexpected way to style the home is to use the same pattern in two adjoining rooms. Switch up the colourway to create a real sense of depth and vibrancy,” she adds.
Less permanent, but still as impactful, you can also reference the floral trend in rugs, blinds and bedding. Pay attention to accessories too. “Have some fun with florals by mixing different but similar styles together in your home. A graphic print and embroidered cushion are a great way to continue a nature inspired theme,” says Rebecca.
“It’s always nice to have a variety of plants and flowers in your home and incorporating them alongside floral prints is a great way to achieve a contemporary floral look.” There are some fab faux flowers now available for a maintenance-free option (try Libra for a lovely Cherry Blossom spray, £59.95). It is all a far cry from the colour clash chaos that was 70s florals!