Friday 23 March 2018

Forever in bloom

Whether big and blousy, dark and brooding or daintily pretty, vintage florals have never been so on-trend

Dreers's Bulbs by A Lunzer.
Dreers's Bulbs by A Lunzer.
Sanderson cushions.
Chichester high footed double bed.
Wallpaper from Little Green.
Digital print 100pc linen cushions and curtains from Designers Guild.
Farrow and Ball have added 9 new colours.

Ciara Elliott

There are plenty of ways to introduce florals in to your existing room scheme for a stylish update - and with none of the 'granny chic' of previous incarnations.

Choose from wallpaper, rugs,  ceramics or great new-season fabrics in curtains, cushions and furnishings to create a whole new look. Pretty vintage botanical prints are turning up on everything from tableware to fabrics, but even a vase of flowers in a pretty urn in an otherwise muted scheme will look fresh and inviting. Brave homeowners could embrace multi-coloured wallpapers, try some large-scale wall or tapestry art, or even have a mural painted on their walls. Or how about a stair runner to give your hallway a fresh, botanical look? The more demure in taste might like to style up with floral-printed curtains, a freshly upholstered chair or sofa and scatter-cushions. To keep the look from straying too far into tea-shop kitsch, look for emblems either in darker more brooding fabrics or given a contemporary digital spin. Fresh new sheets in the bedroom or a new floral tablecloth will also bring that lovely spring feeling to your home, but if all of this feels too beyond budget, don't despair. Freshly picked wildflowers in your favourite vase are sure to bring some new-season cheer.

Flying Colours

There's something so decadent and playful about a wall mural, and these days they really are much more achievable and affordable than ever before. Whether you pick scudding clouds, a panoramic of the Andes or a vintage floral print, as shown here, they can really lift a whole scheme and turn a dull wall into something of serious beauty.

Get the look:

● Dreers's Bulbs by A Lunzer from New York Botanical Garden Collection at Surface View. Mural from €78 per square metre,

Pretty as a Picture

If you aren't feeling it for floral art, wallpaper or fabrics, try creating pretty vignettes in your home with a simple enamel vase of garden-picked blooms against a wall.

Get the look:

● In celebration of their 70th anniversary, Farrow and Ball have added nine new colours to their usually-so-strict palette of 132. This colour is Drop Cloth #283, which for all you F and B nuts out there is a darker version of their Shadow White. 2.5 litres oil eggshell is about €55. See for stockists.

Hello Yellow

Way before the mechanisation of wallpaper, trailing florals have been the subject of decorative pattern, and this season heritage wallpaper brand Little Greene have been delving into their archives and have discovered some real gems. We love this Sakura Yellow Lustre paper which dates back to the mid-1930s yet still looks fresh and fun.

Get the look:

● Wallpaper, €106 per roll, Little Greene,


Gorgeous renditions of roses, lilies, orchids and irises are adorning all of our furnishings for spring but one of the easiest ways to achieve freshness and layer new pattern is with some pretty scatter cushions for your living and sleeping spaces.

Get the look:

● A selection of Sanderson cushions in textured velvets and filled with duck feather padding, from ¤80 at Ebony Rose in Navan or Trevor Morrow Interiors in Ballina. For other stockists see

Spring is in the Air

Who doesn't love a room filled with fresh flowers? The current trend for all that's romantic and whimsical gets a proper Marie Antoinette spin with a huge range of ceramics and accessories in lighter hues and with floral motifs hitting the shops for spring.

Get the look:

● We love this 'Birds in Bloom' urn which is €45 at Marks and Spencer.

The Artist's Way

There's a pretty painterly quality to a lot of the classic French and Victorian garden-inspired and meadow-like prints that are coming through now. The watercolours of Monet, Manet and Renoir come to mind in the new 'Couture Rose' collection from Designers Guild.

Get the look:

● Digital print 100pc linen cushions and curtains in 'Couture Rose' fabric is from about €100 per metre at Brian S Nolan Home Furnishings Ltd, 102 Upper Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, (01) 280 0564.

For more stockists see

Wow-factor walls

If you're ready to embrace bold colour and pattern on a grand scale, wall hangings such as rugs and tapestries, as well as murals, will create a real wow factor. For a vintage-style bedroom, you could even consider decorative floral panels.

Get the look:

● Chichester high footed double bed €1,240, Sophia bedlinen from €35 and Cotswold mohair throw €140, all Neptune

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