Use cottage-garden florals with flair

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  • Follow these tips to make sure your flower-packed scheme says modern vintage not granny’s house

    This look is all about having fun with pattern, so feel free to mix up prints featuring different flower types, such as rose, hydrangea and hollyhocks – the more the merrier. Create continuity by sticking to florals that share the same colours, though: pick just three or four key shades, like cornflower blue, hot pink, primrose yellow and sage green.

    This hydrangea-print wallpaper creates a glorious backdrop to simple, white-painted furniture. Create a display of pretty charity-shop china in colours picked out from your feature floral wallpaper. Don’t be afraid to mix a bold pattern on wallpaper with other florals on accessories.

    A whole room of small-scale florals can look twee, so play with scale
    and combine large blousy prints with ditzy florals to keep the overall
    look contemporary. Be selective about which elements in your room
    showcase flower prints – adding too many will create floral overkill. In
    a living room, choose either a feature wall or the sofa to be your
    floral ‘star’; in a bedroom, make it either the bed linen or the
    curtains. Build in large areas of plain white and avoid the temptation
    to match cushions, curtains and carpet, or you’ll end up re-creating the
    chintz-heavy style of the Eighties. Keep the look modern by choosing furniture with simple lines, then add a touch of glamour with hits of burnished gold.

    Use pattern sparingly in a work space to keep the mood calm. Paint walls and furniture white, then build in colour with a blind and cushion cover in pretty vintage prints. Don’t like white walls? Choose a
    barely there pastel shade for walls instead, like a pale pink or a
    subtle blue. Line cube shelves with a wallpaper featuring large-scale blooms to create a colourful backdrop for books and photo frames.

    Create a ‘wow’ moment in a bedroom with an abundance of rose prints and quirky details, like these statement pendants. Stick vintage-style watercolour prints of flowers to walls with decorative tape for an easygoing look that says anything goes.

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