Bunting has moved far beyond its traditional use at an English summer garden party or fete. A bunting renaissance in interior design has seen bunting being used in all sorts of quirky and imaginative ways. The only limitation in its use is your imagination, so introduce some Enid Blyton style fun into your home with our garland displays.
Create an Alice in Wonderland bedroom with bright and pastel colours and furniture with a bunting display. A perfect setting for a fantasy picnic with teddy bears and maybe your child's pet dog or cat! Let your little one’s imagination run wild.
Decorate your child’s bedroom with a pretty row of bunting in her favourite fabric. If it's yellow or blue, opt for gingham, polka dot and floral designs for the flags in these hues. Coordinate the bunting with key features in the room. Paint the walls in a fresh white, with a bold feature wall. Add simple floral bed and a vintage-style chest of drawers to add to the country-style charm.
What could be more fun than covering a wall with a garland of bunting to add a quirky edge to kitchen décor. Dress open shelving or an armoire with a row of bunting and add vintage style tableware. Team the country style with stripped floorboards in the kitchen and a classic Aga stove.
1/10 Window display
Wake up your windows with a quirky vintage-inspired bunting display.
Each one is made from re-cycled retro annuals and comics, including pages from Jackie and Dennis the Menace, as well as vintage music sheets and maps. They're all beautifully sewn together with contrasting braiding.
Handmade re-cycled vintage bunting by Ellie Ellie, £14.50, Notonthehighstreet.com
2/10 Village fete
With the Queen's Jubilee fast approaching, there's no better time to let loose on bunting.
t's a fun and stylish look you can show off to the whole street!
Village Fete bunting, £7, Talking Tables
Bunting is great for special occasions, but that doesn't mean you can't have it out on display all year round.
Update a shelf with shop-bought or homemade bunting for a charming country look day in day out. Keep the bunting in similar colours to your decor. Unlike party bunting, the everyday version needs to be subtle and work with your scheme to avoid a fussy look.
Find similar bunting at The Cotton Bunting Company
4/10 Quirky living room
A pink sofa is a brave choice, but works incredibly well against crisp white window shutters, walls and floors. Everything else here is calm and neutral, including the little wooden tables, but pretty bunting and cushions lift the scheme and keep it relaxed and friendly. Plus, this look is easy to change when the mood takes you.
Harry two-seater sofa, £849, House of Fraser
5/10 Pinking shears
Get crafty with pinking shears.
For that home-spun look, get your hands on a pair of pinking shears and turn plain fabric and paper into pretty, decorative accessories with a professional-looking finish.
Go for a pair that will really last and make light work of any craft project, including bunting, with Fiskars Classic pinking shears, £30.99, HobbyCraft.
6/10 Personalised bunting
Make your bunting that little bit extra special with personalised letter bunting.
Whether you want to spell out the bride and groom's name at their wedding, a little boy's name at his party or a welcoming banner for a school fair, there are so many occasions to bring out the bunting.
And it's oh-so-easy to assemble - simply button them on to braid to spell out a name, word or message. You can reuse them time and time again.
Personalised letter bunting, £4 per flag, The Letteroom
7/10 Jubilee Party
These cute squares have been cut from PVC fabric, so are super easy to make. And, at £9.99 per m, they're affordable too. So display your British bunting on tables, walls, furniture and even in your street for a look The Queen would be proud of! Just don't forget the scones, jam and cream...
Venice Collection dining chairs £79.99 for a pair; Union Jack PVC fabric £9.99 per m; both Dunelm Mill
8/10 Girl’s room
What better way to add a cute finishing touch to a little girl's room than with pretty polka dot and gingham bunting?
Hang the bunting up high near the ceiling to avoid any accidents. It'll create a gorgeous border and add texture, colour and pattern in a flash. Plus, as the kids get older, simply change the accessories and bunting display rather than redecorating the whole room.
Find similar bunting at Zigzag Bunting
9/10 Garden shed
Bunting's not just for indoors!
Wooden Union Jack bunting, £10, Next
10/10 Blue hearts
Create hand-made heart bunting for some country charm in your kitchen.
Vertical heart chains are perfect for jazzing up the edge of a cupboard or window. You can use any weight of paper or card to make the hearts. Simply cut out the shapes, arrange them in a vertical line to form a chain (about 85cm long) then machine stitch up the centre and onto the next heart.
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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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