Floral accents aren’t just for Grandma’s house anymore. Bold patterns have been trending, providing dramatic looks from modern and romantic, to farmhouse and shabby chic. Adding floral accents to your living area, kitchen or bedroom can bring an extra and unexpected touch of color, and provide a soft contrast to sleek and angular modern design.
If you’re hesitant, start by incorporating bold floral patterns through small accents. The simplest way to start is to create a centerpiece of fresh-cut flowers in a small rounded vase. Opt for fragrant roses, daisies or other flowers (the best are those with rigid stems) and remove all leaves at the base before adding water. Here are a few more tips to remember about cut flowers: try to cut the stems at a 45 degree angle (even if they are already trimmed from the florist), make sure to use a clean vase, and keep the arrangement out of direct sunlight. Adding various compounds to the water- such as soda, vinegar, sugar, asprin, vodka, bleach, or even a copper penny- can make cut flowers last longer, but it takes some experimenting.
Next, try throw pillows. Floral patterns pair best with geometric shapes, such as stripes, and help brighten the view. Like in nature, flowers are often crisp and are found in bright colors, and similarly crisp floral patterns will have the same effect on your interior space. More impressionistic floral fabrics recreates the softness and movement of flowers, making both a viable option. For a more modern option, add a pop of color with floral pillows on clear ghost chairs to further enhance an otherwise simple piece.
A third accent option is to add a floral area rug to your space. Rugs can be easily swapped out to make a dramatic change to your room, so consider rotating two or three rugs in your living space around the seasons.
- Bright, playful rugs should be paired with contemporary furniture of solid colors or minimized patterns.
- Pair watercolor print or more muted patterns with bright vases, lamps or accent pillows.
- For monochromatic rug prints, brighten the room with floral accents placed higher in the line of sight.
Regardless of the rug’s placement within your rooms, don’t allow floral patterns to compete.
Floral Furniture Patterns
If you’re ready to wade a little deeper into floral decorating, add larger furniture statement pieces with a bold floral print. Select a floral style that best complements your home’s decor theme, and emphasize just one to two hues throughout the room to avoid visual clutter. For example, if the floral furniture pattern you select offers a variety of reds and fuschias, repeat just one or two of the exact hues with accompanying artwork, vases and decor.
Opt for realistic, edgy prints that are outside of your comfort zone for the biggest visual improvement. For a modern home, florals can bring softness, while adding interest and personality to traditional decor. For shabby chic homes, florals can create intimacy and cohesion.
Floral Wallpaper and Art
If you’re smitten with floral, consider wallpaper or large pieces of art—just be sure to pick something that aptly represents your personality. For the quirky character, pick something very bold and bright. For the more reserved personality, opt for a piece of artwork that is soothing with a lighter, muted color palette. Don’t shy away from wallpapers- there is a growing market for high-quality, stick on and removable wallpaper- so feel free to try out different floral patterns without the risk. When incorporated properly, they can offer endless motifs and possibilities. Hang wallpaper with a subtle floral pattern to softly incorporate floral into your decor, or opt for striped wallpaper to make your other floral accents and enhancements really pop.
HomeLife offers the following guidelines for wallpaper patterns:
- Stripes and checks are an excellent starting point, especially when selecting your color palette.
- Mix various widths of stripes for a coordinated base with a difference.
- Florals and complex patterns are easy to introduce as a complementary accent, such as framed fabric.
- To ensure patterns work together, select them at the same time.
- Balance patterns with strong pieces of furniture in a plain weave and color.
Well, there you have it! Floral patterns are here to stay- they can transform a cold and stark room into a colorful and inviting space in mere minutes. Floral patterns can be used in every season: spring and summer being colorful fresh flowers, and budding wildflowers, perfect for inspiration for the floral “garden” inside your home. Autumn is full of unexpected colors, and it can be exciting to try dried flowers with surprising hues to complement the colors and feel of the season. In the dark winter months, it is of utmost importance to hang on to your florals; their pops of color contrast the darkness outside, and promise that spring is coming.