Spring Style: Decorating with bird prints

Ease your home out of the winter doldrums with a cheerful colour palette and chirpy bird details

spring style decorating with birds

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The Inspiration you need: BIRD MOTIFS

LOVE THEM: Hot on the heels of the woodland animals trend, comes a new way to add character to your home- birds. Perfect on wallpaper and fabrics if you're looking for a pattern with a difference; ideal on framed prints to add a country-house feel, and downright cute in the form of ornaments.

USE THEM: Hang bird-print wallpaper to perk up a dull room, create a themed wall-art gallery of bird drawings, or simply trim some bare twigs with decorative birds to create a feature. Less is more, unless you want your room to look like a Hitchcock horror.

DO THEM YOUR WAY: Not so hot for a soft, spring palette? Go vampish with a black, bird-print paper like Crown's Paradise, £9 per roll, Home Flair Décor, or futuristic with Rasch's contemporary Songbirds in White/Silver, £8.99 per roll, Lancashire Wallpaper
& Paint. Try Hus & Hem's Klippan Bird Fabric, £29.95 per m, for a bright, Scandi look, or Voyage's Country collection for traditional sketchbook designs in country neutrals.

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Start with a plain, neutral backdrop, then add pops of spring colour- above a dado, on furniture and with accessories- to boost and brighten

Idea: Use bird wall art to give you room a focal point. This circling Swallows wall clock is £165 from Cox & Cox

living area with blue sofa and bird frame

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Work in some prints: bird-themed wallpaper, framed pictures and cushions will make blank walls and plain upholstery tell a happy story

Idea: Make your own bespoke picture frame with lengths of architrave, painted in a pretty pastel shade

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Play around with paint: if pattern puts your off, energise a room by painting skirtings, frames and even chair legs in a fresh new colour

Idea: Make a feature of doorframes by painting them and adding a wide border all around

bedroom with cane basket and yellow lamp

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Idea: Found a fallen branch? Bring it home, brush it off and use it to decorate your home

realistic bird decoration on plant

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Charming chaps:

Add character to an unloved nook with realistic bird decorations, or look for china, carved wood or wirework ornaments

desktop storage with birdcage and stationery

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Use a decorative birdcage as desktop storage for stationery


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.