Decorating with oversized florals – 10 of the best ideas

Love florals? Try decorating with oversized prints for a contemporary look. From dark designs to bold prints, be inspired by our pick of the best large scale patterns. Find more room decorating ideas at

Lighting can make or break a scheme so why not go for something bold? Play with scale by combining large shades with an oversized pattern. The drums in this dining room have been covered in fabric, but you could use wallpaper too – the key is finding a statement pattern that features a range of rich hues. Exposed brick walls, a rustic table and a painted chair make this space feel contemporary and relaxed. Re-create bare brick with a trompe l’oeil wallpaper and choose a few ornate accessories to bring the look together. Tiny faux stone bust optional…

1/10 Dining room with floral light shades

dining room with oversized florals

(Image credit: Future PLC/Adrian Briscoe)

Fabric (on shades)
The Swedish Fabric Company

Similar trestle table

2/10 Living room with mural and green armchair

living room with mural and green armchair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

Go for a new take on impressionist style by covering a living room accent wall with a large mural. This bold design has a playful, cheery feel - and it's perfect if you're crazy about colour! A striking statement wall needs strong furniture too, so make sure you echo the colours in your choice of chairs, sofas and cabinets. Bring a contemporary feel to the space with modern accessories and then tie the look together with a range of vibrant cushions - the bigger, the brighter, the better!

Wall mural
Similar armchair

3/10 Dining room with black floral curtains

dining room with black floral curtains

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Bevan)

Don't shy away from black - this season's Dark Botanical trend is all about embracing the atmospheric and slightly moody look of bold designs on dark backgrounds. Choose a vibrant curtain fabric as your starting point in a dining room, then mirror the dark hues in your furniture. Cushion prints should echo the same colour palette as it will bring the look together and give the space an informal feel. Inject a few brighter tones into the scheme with glassware and accessories.

Curtain fabric
Similar chairs
The Conran Shop

4/10 Dining room with striking red wallpaper

dining room with red floral wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Lizzie Orme)

Add some flower power to your scheme with a statement wallpaper in a bold, floral print. This eye-catching design is not a typical floral and, because of that, it works well in a contemporary dining room space. Choose flooring and furniture in a dark hue to create a serious, grown-up look that contrasts well with the modern furniture and the striking wallpaper pattern. A few pretty accessories in complementary shades are perfect if you want to create a cohesive feel.


5/10 Storage cupboard covered in leaf-print wallpaper

cupboard with leaf print

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dan Duchars)

Want a quick update that's perfect for a weekend project? Cover a cabinet with a large-print botanical wallpaper. Vibrant graphic florals and oversized botanicals are definitely having a moment this year so covering a cabinet in a striking print is a great way to adopt a trend-led look while making it truly your own. And, if you choose a bright, cheerful design it will leave you feeling summery all year round. Accessorise with a few colourful details to complete the look.


6/10 Red dining room with covered chairs

dining room with red walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/Debi Treloar)

Who doesn't love an eye-popping shade of red in the dining room? It's dark, dramatic and beautifully bold. If you're feeling daring then go for a strong pattern set against an vibrant background. Here, a large-scale floral print is introduced in the fabric chair coverings and, when set against the dark walls, the complimentary colours make for a harmonious interior. The mix of traditional furniture and graphic floral prints brings a new dimension to classic English style.

Osborne & Little
Dining table
John Lewis

7/10 Bedroom with striking blue floral bed

bed with floral print

(Image credit: Future PLC/Emma Lee)

An eye-popping mix of blues, lilacs and yellows liven up this bedroom space. The oversized floral print on the bed base and headboard creates a fun painterly feel in what is otherwise quite a neutral space. Re-create the look by covering a large headboard in your favourite floral print and choose complementary bed linen for maximum harmony. The flash of yellow in the curtains is a great way to give the room a bright, cheery touch which is anything but dull!

Fabric (covering bed)
Designers Guild
Curtain fabric
Osborne & Little

8/10 Living room with floral print armchairs

armchairs with floral print

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Gardiner)

Introduce oversized florals into a country scheme with fabrics and upholstery. Here, a striking floral pattern makes an impact and gives this cosy living room a much needed colour boost. Add rustic touches to truly create the country look - from a beautiful open fireplace, to a traditional flagstone floor, we love the ambient feel of this room. If you've decided to upholster chairs in a large floral print, make sure you choose a traditional design, then just pull them up by the fireplace... and relax...

Chair fabric
Mulberry Home at GP & J Baker
Similar lantern
Nordic House

9/10 Living room with two-tone sofa

living room with blue florals sofa and curtain

(Image credit: Nick Pope)

If you're after a more sophisticated autumnal look, use a dark floral pattern to add depth to your living room space. Here a striking effect has been created by covering two thirds of the sofa in a distinctive print, while the final section is left plain. The windows are given the same treatment. If you're not sure about re-covering your furniture, why not just re-create the look with some carefully placed throws? A simple rug in complementary shades and a few moody accessories complete this very contemporary look.

Similar fabric
Similar rug

10/10 Dining room with bright floral print wallpaper

dining room with bright floral wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

A bold painterly print packs a punch, especially against a white backdrop. Don't be afraid to go for a really bold, large-scale design in a dining room. Add pops of co-ordinating colour - it'll bring a functional space to life and, if you choose carefully, can make the room look like a work of art. Introduce colourful accessories, but keep flooring and woodwork white. This is a strong look, so be warned - you need to accessorise with caution. Here an all-white dinner set looks great underneath an uber contemporary purple pendant.


Designers Guild at Wallpaperdirect