As London’s Chelsea Flower Show returns to the capital next week with its stunning array of plants, flowers and incredible gardens, we’ve got pretty blooms on the brain. It may be a failsafe in the fashion world – think deep moody florals in autumn or peppy pastel prints in spring – but it’s big news in interiors too, sneaking into soft furnishings, ceramics and wallpapers like the colourful triffid it is. The perfect way to inject some colour, texture and fun into your home, scroll on for our edit of flower power packed pieces…
Florals once had a bit of a bad rep in the interiors world – too bold, too old fashioned – but they are back in myriad iterations – think everything from ditsy prints to bold beautiful blooms, vintage fabrics to hand-painted ceramics. If you’re a more is more person, dare to go bold with statement wallpapers and rugs – a bold print in a small space like a downstairs loo or cosy hallway can add instant drama – while a more subtle approach works beautifully in a light-filled space, especially if you’re lucky enough to live amongst period features. Think ’80s Laura Ashley in a soft colour palette, ditsy florals and even a little chintz.
In addition to floral prints, there are plenty of horticulture-inspired pieces that will add charm and pretty details to you home. We love Anna + Nina’s sweet poppy candlesticks – almost too pretty to burn , they will add colour and fun to your tabletop. Or Cabana Magazine’s and The Columbia Collective’s rattan dinnerware, both of which add a more rustic edge to your interiors; and then there is whimsical jugs and vases from French brand Vaisselle – perfect for filling with real blooms.
Naturally, artwork is a great way to add some floral pops to a room and there’s something for every budget. Check out Anthropologie for prints by upcoming artists or Desenio for a more modest budget. We love the Columbia Road Flower Market print nestled into a curated gallery wall.
Florals are a great way to bring some vintage pieces into your home and shop more sustainably and responsibly too. Laura Ashley has had a recent resurgence in both fashion and interiors – check out eBay for hard to nab pieces – or shop a range of their current pieces at Next, that delve deep into the archives and bring their signature floral prints to current day. We love the Libby Ditsy Floral Curtains to make a focal point of a beautiful window space.
For a less committed approach to the trend, soft furnishings are a quick and easy way to spruce up a tired space. We love H&M’s pretty printed and ruffled pillow cases on the bed or M&S’s William Morris-esque velvet cushion to update a tired sofa, which both come in at affordable high street price points.
Making waves in the fashion and interiors world is Antwerp-based label and mother-daughter duo, Bernadette. Clothing-wise, they’ve nailed figure-skimming, boudoir-inspired dresses in luscious silks perfect for a real life dolce vita moment. But the interiors pieces err more on the side of traditional, with pretty floral print vases in sugar almond shades, delicate porcelain cups and colour popping cushions to add a little joy to a space.
We love this dainty hand-drawn vase juxtaposed with big bold real life blooms like hydrangeas or sweet peonies.
Bernadette's interiors pieces err more on the side of traditional, with pretty floral print vases in sugar almond shades, delicate porcelain cups and colour popping cushions that will add a little joy to your space.