8 reasons we’re in a flap about flamingos

Quirky, kooky, kitsch – there's no denying flamingos are a thing right now. In tribute to Donald Featherstone, the creator of the plastic lawn flamingo, who sadly died recently, we present a flamboyance of flamingos (yes, that is the correct collective noun).

Two pink flamingos on green grass

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1. They give outside edge
Don Featherstone created his first plastic lawn flamingo for Union Products in Leominster, Massachusetts back in 1957. If you're nostalgic for the original designs, you can still buy them at getflocked.com. A pair (one flamingo with its head up, the other with its neck curved downward, as above) costs $23.99, plus approx $55 for shipping. Loving those crazy (non-rusting metal) legs...

taxidermy flamingo

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2. They're a real home bird
Perched on a shelf, headboard or picture frame, who can resist Domingo the taxidermy flamingo?
Or for a more contemporary display, why not exhibit our fine feathered friend, £49, from Rockett St George, under a glass dome or cloche?

Bedroom with flamingo linen

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3. They're Miami nice
Bed linen featuring a photographic print of flamingos in a blue lagoon, did you say? Yes, we can get you that. We reckon Catherine Lansfield's Flamingo double duvet cover set nails the Miami Art Deco look. And at a very reasonable £10 from Very, what's not to like?

Flamingo scatter cushion

(Image credit: Abigail Ahern at Debenhams)

4. They're such love birds
A dash of shocking pink not loud enough for you? Up the ante with a clashing background of bright orange. Abigail Ahern/Edition's crafty velvet cushion, £40, featuring a pair of lovey-dovey appliqué flamingos and a vibrant pink fringe trim totally smashes it.

Flamingo glass

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5. They're party animals
Flamingos can stand for hours on one leg (scientists are still arguing as to why - answers on a postcard...). Invite friends round to discuss and serve drinks in these groovily themed Sommarfint glasses, from 50p each at Ikea. Not too many drinks, though, or you may ruffle one too many style feathers and guests won't be able to stand at all...

Flamingo wallpaper

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6. They're a great bathroom buddy
This gorgeously bold Graham & Brown vinyl wallpaper from House of Fraser especially designed for bathrooms just seems so right. If the flamingo was ever going to be a fixture the house, where else but the bathroom would it live? The space is practically its natural habitat... Sort of.

Room with blue couch and flamingo wallpaper

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7. A little and often goes a long way
If you feel wall-to-wall flamingos are taking you way out of your comfort zone, you could always experiment with these more accessible stickers by Ohongs Design Studio at Etsy, £17.31 for 40 flamingo decals (20 facing left and 20 facing right). Affix as many as you like...

Kensington Roof Garden Flamingos

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8. You can still keep it real
And if birds really aren't welcome in your home... Go visit real flamingos, such as these from the Roof Gardens in Kensington, or flamingo parks across the UK. Truly stunning creatures, we're falling in love with them all over again...

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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.