Everything’s coming up roses – Livingetc’s top 6 rose prints (but Granny wouldn’t like ’em!)

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  • 6 rose prints with a post-modern spin. From grand-scale pop art to surprising colour combinations, Livingetc presents its pick of the bunch

    1. The directional look
    For a thoroughly modern take on rose prints, decorate with complementary coloured stripes – horizontal and vertical. Throw a bright turquoise designer sofa and angular floor lamp into the mix and you’ve got one very sharp-looking living room.

    Floral wallpaper Zephirine, Designers Guild

    2. The cool country rose
    Two pinky floral prints together could have you reaching for the smelling salts, but the clash of super-sized blooms with dainty motifs plus contemporary shaped furniture save this from being a Barbara Cartland-style boudoir. Bonus points for the larger-than-life Rose Lace rug by Kiki van Eijk at Skitsch. It’s like Granny’s crochet doily on steroids.

    Walls Ginevra wallpaper, Osborne & Little. Furniture Anda chair, Pierre Paulin at Ligne Roset

    covered in Bespoke Petworth, Elanbach

    3. New York loft vibe
    Trad and twee these pop art shades ain’t. Large-scale screen-printed flowers in rich colours make this pared-back scheme feisty not fusty. And check out the zingy blue flex and wood chair – they offset the oversized lamps perfectly.

    Drum shades Heathfield & Co

    . Floral fabric Baronessa Light Blue/Rose by Mairo

    at The Swedish Fabric Company. Flex Wallace Electrical

    4. Green and black
    Who says roses have
    to be pink? Explore the edgier side of florals with a delicious blend of charcoal greys and
    acid greens – juxtaposed to punchy effect on this sofa. The addition of metal furniture
    makes the green pop even more intensely.

    Walls Elodie
    wallpaper, Harlequin

    . Sofa upholstered in Baronessa by
    Mairo at The Swedish Fabric Company.

    Drum shades Heathfield & Co; covered in, clockwise from top,
    Melrose Greenstone, Prestigious Textiles; Natural Hatley Black; and Paris Rose in Black, both Cabbages & Roses; and Temptress,
    Chivasso at JAB Anstoetz.

    Flex from RE


    Dark side of the bloom
    Take a punky
    approach to petals by choosing roses silhouetted against a hint-of-pink
    background. The curtains echo the theme, but the blooms are softer. Monochrome furniture keeps the look the right side of fussy.

    Wallpaper Absence of Rose, Vivienne Westwood at Cole & Son.

    Curtain Rosenholm Charcoal, Designers Guild

    6. With a twistThis is almost traditional. Well, up to a point. Here, the scheme has been given a sassy post-modern spin by reversing the expected – the sofa and curtain fabrics are knocked-back monchrome, woken up with hot-red and bright-pink trims and accessories. Those geometric lines bring the look bang up to date. Bloomin’ lovely.

    Furniture Campden sofa, Wesley-Barrell; covered in York Heather, Mark Alexander at Romo. Waisted stools, David Seyfried; covered in Isis Poppy, Vanners.

    Curtains Salcombe Rose, Baker Lifestyle; Coletti poppom trim, Designers Guild. Bolster, Camilla Ete, Manuel Canovas; Cushions
    Summer Bloom, Scatter Box

    For more decorating inspiration, see Livingetc‘s home page.

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