Trends: Falling for foliage
With spring in the air and summer fast approaching, gardeners are priming their patches for the seasons ahead. Meanwhile, indoors, design-minded folk are adding life to rooms with leafy prints and faux foliage - far easier than trying to keep real plants alive. Lisa Marconi, of interiors haven Dust in Dublin, says this trend is a continuation of the idea of bringing the outside in.
"People want to be surrounded by greenery, whether it be by using indoor plants or putting it onto their walls, furniture and accessories," she says.
"There has definitely been a surge in interest from customers recently looking for these kind of patterns and also in our succulents and plants.
"We've also found that our interior-design clients are really interested in using this trend in their homes, which we're delighted about because we love it too."
East London design house House of Hackney has been a forerunner of the trend, using opulent florals and foliage widely since it was founded just five years ago.
This year, its Acanthus x William Morris collection (pictured above) showcases nature in an Aegean blue, emerald-green and fossil-grey palette. Its complex scrolling leaves were first designed by the pre-Raphaelite artist in 1874 and today you'll find its complex and pastel loveliness on fabrics, wallpapers and home accessories.
Lisa says the trend for tropical foliage is evolving. "Now we're also seeing a resurgence of Victoriana and the busy prints from that era, but with a modern twist."
If you want to dip your toe in the lush green trend, try adding detail with the help of throws, cushions, vases or blinds, but Lisa encourages decorators to be bold. "We always say, go big!" she laughs.
"Cover a whole sofa or every wall in a room in a fab print and you won't regret it. It will invigorate you every time you come into the room."
Has any customer made the leap to full-on foliage? "We've had one client put the House of Hackney Palmeral print all over her open plan living area and kitchen. She went for the green on/off white paper, so it was lovely and bright.
"It looks so fantastic! It's broken up by lots of glazing, which looked out onto the greenery in her garden, so you really have the sense of a merging between the outside and the inside."
For those of us without green fingers, it's a safe bet.
Amanda Kavanagh is editor of Image Interiors & Living magazine