6 ways to go bold with blowsy blooms

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  • Inspired by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, big and blowsy blooms are high on the country style list this season. From painterly rugs to clever wallpaper craft, Country Homes & Interiors show you how to make your home flourish in time for summer.

    Introduce a touch of drama
    Add the wow-factor to living and drawing rooms with rich claret and crimson shades, matched with the warmth of worn leather. Traditional tongue-and-groove paneling and a soft button-back sofa add an air of lived-in grandeur to any room scheme.

    Hudson Leather two-seater sofa, from £1,800, Laura Ashley. Cassandra fabric (tablecloth and cushion), £61 a metre, Designers Guild.

    Sleep in style
    Make up your bed with striking bed linen. This bedlinen features hand-painted bouquets inspired by flowers found in wild country gardens. Place little bunches of similar blooms in coloured glass bottles for a pretty bedside table display.

    Amrapeli Peony duvet cover, £70, Designer’s Guild at Amara.

    Go for a hint of print
    Get creative with bright floral wallpaper. Cover the back of open shelving to give books and ornaments a pretty backdrop, or hang in hidden spaces (such as your under-stair cupboard) for an unexpected hit of pattern every time you open the door.

    For a range of floral wallpapers, try WallpaperDirect.

    Lay a country table
    Rustic floral linens make for perfect tablecloths when it comes to outdoor dining. Shade the table with a striped canopy and opt for chunky crockery for a bohemian flourish.

    For outdoor dining furniture, try John Lewis.

    Love painterly pattern
    Fi Douglas of Bluebellgray aims to
    recreate floral-filled summers with her watercolour designs. Invest in a
    beautiful rug, perfect for injecting a strong pop of
    colour into any room.

    Cait rug, from £899, Bluebellgray at Amara.

    Opt for chateau chic
    Mix finely drawn florals, cameo patterns and blowsy blooms in small- and large-scale designs to bring old-time elegance up to date. Greyed-up shades are key to giving this country style a modern touch, whilst blended rose petal pastels keep it pretty.

    For similar floral wallpaper, try Sanderson at John Lewis.

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