How to bring the great outdoors in

Published: Sunday 29th March 2015 by The News Editor

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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.

Modern techniques are making it possible to conjure blooms so pinpoint-accurate that you feel you can almost pick them, and those advances have helped create sophisticated, affordable in-your-face flowery patterns, in vibrant shades which shriek colour and style confidence. Or 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.

She said that both window floral fabrics and floral wallpaper on feature walls make it “possible to create a vision of your very own garden inside your space.”

Here are three blooming beautiful styles …


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.

TIP: Restrict your colour palette to 3-4 shades, ensuring one is natural.

DECOR BOUQUET: Designer Laura Allen has combined tropical wildlife and lush blooms in her Lemur wallpaper, £125 a roll, Graduate Collection. There’s a characteristic Designers Guild elegance about its Shanghai Garden collection in a soft violet. Wallpaper; £79 per 10-metre roll, and fabric; £75 a metre. Accessorise with mauve homeware from Next. A Mauve Floral Platter, £16 (available in stores); and Floral Print Cushion, £16.


Splash on colour and a variety of patterns, for a wild gypsy look.

Nichola McFall, brand manager at The Fabric Box, said: “For a more bohemian approach, mix up patterns, take some risks and you’ll create a funky, uncontrived look that’s a world away from play-it-safe traditional chintz.”

TIP: If you’re using two or more different patterns together, choose prints with varying scales, so designs don’t compete for attention.

DECOR BOUQUET: Patchwork, prints and splashy blooms combine superbly in Bhs’s Colombia bedding collection. The Colombia Floral Bedding Set and Multi Columbia Patch Bedding Set both start from £28; and a Colombia Panel Bedspread, £45. Why not add a Blossom Bedside Table, with blooms scattered across a white painted background, £299, Bhs stores? Treat yourself to a cushion featuring paint-box red blooms; a Fiji Floral Cushion, £12.99, Dobbies stores.


Colour up with bright pink blooms in pretty-as-a-picture shades, from rose, fuschia and cherry blossom to lipstick pink.

“How we use colour in our everyday lives has a big effect on our mood. Replacing a nude lipstick with a sassy pink one can transform a dull outfit into a glamorous one, and it’s the same when you inject colour and pattern into a room,” says Sarah Quilliam, head of product design for curtain, blind and shutter specialists, Hillarys.

“Florals are a hardy perennial in interiors and (there’s a) trend for intensely saturated hues, such a lipstick pink and cerise.”

TIP: Hang small panels of wallpaper and form a frame around them to make them look like works of art.

DECOR BOUQUET: Julien MacDonald’s used pink for his Exotica Cream/Fuschia Paper, strewn with pink blooms on a white background; £20 a roll, Graham & Brown. For a moody fusion look, try Albany Botanica paper in Margarita Multi, with trailing flowers on a charcoal background; £35 a roll, Wallpaper Direct. Anchor a pink scheme with a statement piece from Its Bouji love seat upholstered in cassis pink is £229. Check out the Gift Wrapped & Gorgeous range, including a Polly Pink Rose & Taupe Floral Cushion, £25.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Sunday 29th March 2015 by The News Editor

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