Chuck out the chintz – Livingetc's decorating ideas with floral prints are the ultimate in cool
One of the hottest decorating trends for 2015 is florals. To ensure the look stays modern, think power flowers – big and beautiful – across walls, furniture and even floors…
Softly does it in this bedroom, thanks to painterly fabrics and delicate designs. The headboard is an anchoring feature, and its turquoise, grey and yellow hues prevent the look from becoming overly feminine – the product shown is The Sofa & Chair Company’s Chopin headboard covered in Mariola 7712/05 in Jade from Romo. White ties the look together and feel fresh and summery, while subtle black accents add edge.
Work the walls
Colours have a transformative impact here, turning this wallpaper from chintzy to pretty damn cool. And the lively print sings out more than ever when teamed with natural materials, such as wicker. Osborne & Little‘s Tulipan W6753-01 is shown with Graham &
Green‘s Peacock chair, a vintage drinks trolley from Sigmar and the Rust Cave wall light from Naomi Paul.
All in the contrast
A rustic, shabby space is given instant design cred with a pair of giant floral lampshade pendants.
And it’s not just the shades that are oversized; the fabric itself, Baronessa by Mairo, boasts huge, blooming flowers. Pretty and decorative, they stand out wonderfully against the exposed brick wall. The blue chair is by designer Fabio Bortolani for Italian brand Skitsch.
This bedroom proves that pink decorating can be chic. Tiles have been used in place of a headboard to ensure the look stays modern, with one design across the expanse rather than a repeated motif, which can look fussy. Surface View could create similar. A simple box valance is another chance to show off big, bold florals in the bedroom without getting too girly. White walls and floors provide a minimal backdrop for the decorative prints.
All eyes East
Appeal to the senses with orchid and cherry blossom prints. Wonderfully elegant, these look good teamed with satin and silk fabrics. This mural is from Surface View and the light is from Rockett St George.
Back to black
Monochrome schemes can look cold, so soften slick lines with decorative detailing for a liveable-with room. Play with scale, and expectations, by magnifying delicate details to create a centrepiece that’s pretty, yet packs a punch. This bedding is from Ralph Lauren Home.
Hit the floor
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If you are toying with the idea of confident decorating, the bathroom is a great place to start. It is a room that you don’t spend masses of time in, plus its size means that a bold approach shouldn’t cost the earth. Here, a statement floor adds lively interest to the all-white space. Patterened vinyl is a low-maintenance solution, and
Murafloor is a good source.
Bold doesn’t quite cut it to describe this decorative wall mural. The single oversized bloom (this is a peony) is fine proof that flowers don’t need to be dainty. Such a confident treatment works well with simple finishes, although these pillow cases charmingly tie the scheme together.
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