If you're looking for a little dose of Vitamin C in your interiors, look no further than this whimsical citrus motif that's bringing sunshine into our homes.
While these prints might not be anything new, with oranges, lemons, and even pomegranates used as a pillar of a more traditional countryside aesthetic, we're seeing citrus motifs used more and more. And, this interior design trend for wallpaper, decor and ceramics is being embraced by designers in a more contemporary way.
This Mediterranean-inspired look has its roots in the wider trend towards Italian Maximalism in the home (thank you very much White Lotus series two). Have a little scroll for my favorite examples and some shopping tips for how to introduce the look in your home.
Oonagh is an interiors writer and editor, and expert at keeping up with trends. She's also a keen online shopper, with shopping baskets full of decor must-haves that reflect wider trends from the world of interior design. For this story, she's spoken to the designers who have used joyous citrus prints in their schemes, and done a bit of window shopping to find out where best to shop to replicate the look at home.
How to use citrus motifs in your home
1. Try 'pattern drenching'
Make like Los Angeles-based design studio LALA Reimagined and bring the citrus style into your interiors with joyous wallpaper and matching fabric curtains. They designed this laundry room by combining matching orange-print fabrics for a zesty pop of color in this Hollywood house.
2. Create an accent
While pattern drenching might be a trend in itself, it's not always about plastering an entire wall in the pattern, and the print can be used in a subtle and subdued way too. In this home, the citrus wallpaper lines a home bar in an otherwise neutral space. A subtle pop of color and playfulness reflects the bar's function as a space for entertainment.
'This vibrant and fun bar nook is a part of the living room in one of our recent homes,' explains Vinithra Amarnathan of Weespaces Interiors, a Bangalore-based interior design firm focussed on creating unique designs. 'The design from Graham & Brown brings a fun eclectic vibe to the space and the pop of pattern and color brings interest and contrast to the neutral scheme!' Perfect for decorating a room with white walls.
3. Use it to create a color scheme
When it comes to how to create a color palette, using wallpaper is a brilliant shortcut to a cohesive scheme. Picking out the colors from your wallpaper design will help you find accents and build up a more nuanced design.
In this design by Maestri Studio, a Cole & Son x Fornasetti wallpaper has been used around the vaulted ceiling, while the designers have introduced the yellow again as a colorful kitchen island, and the softer blues for accessories throughout the space. 'The color choice in this space was driven by the desire to create a fun '70s-inspired kitchen full of bold pattern and color,' says Eddie Maestri, principal architect and creative director of Maestri Studio.
6 of the best citrus prints to shop
Citrus Garden is another favorite by Schumacher that has its roots in the mid-century designs of Josef Frank, whose fabulously detailed wallpapers and fabrics were whimsical and eclectic, depicting whole scenes and abundant gardens.
If you're looking for the perfect citrus print, I love Le Citron by Schumacher. Le Citron in ivory is a wonderfully charming wallpaper design by Johnson Hartig of Libertine for Schumacher. Printed on a specially coated paper with a subtle sheen, this whimsical lattice of leafy lemons has a beautiful aesthetic, also available as a fabric.
Even if you're a renter, you can adopt this trend thanks to this collaboration with removable peel-and-stick wallpaper brand Tempaper. This pattern is a modern, graphic take on the trend.
Get the look achieved by Weespaces and go for the Graham & Brown print in your own home, with a handpainted print of lemons, tasty clementines and budding florals.
The branches of Citrus Grove are laden with ripe lemons and oranges, and punctuated by tiny blooms. A charming illustration that you can peel and stick easily onto your wall.
Evoke summer and sunshine in your home with this high quality, eco-friendly unpasted paper from Annie Selke. Perfect for an accent wall the lining of the inside of a pantry.
This beautiful Cole & Son wallpaper created for Fornasetti is a novel approach to the citrus fruit trend. With a pale turquoise backdrop, it's the perfect wallpaper for a soft but modern approach to this decorating scheme.
The citrus motif is also moving over into the world of decor too. I'm waiting with bated breath for the drop of Mind The Gap’s La Dolce Vita collection which will celebrate Italian Maximilism in its full. Judging by their Tyrol campaign, La Dolce Vita will be just as evocative, immersive and indulgent. Watch this space.
Lemons and oranges are also having their moment crafted into unique ceramics. Bettina Ceramica is one such brand focused on flying the flag for Mediterranean ceramics. A celebration of traditional Italian ceramics founded by Natalie Sytner, Bettina Ceramica is a curated edit of rare and exceptional pieces, both classical and contemporary, that showcase independent artists and makers from across Italy. Oranges and lemons abound in Natalie's collection, and I absolutely love the lemoni bowl (below). Check out her site for other more decorative ceramics that wouldn't go out of place on the White Lotus set.
Citrus ceramics for the home
These cute citrus bowls are irresistible, with 3D lemons that look good enough to eat. Handpainted and made in Italy, these bowls will add texture and charm to your dinner party table.
I love this simple set of four lemon motif plates. Handpainted and available in light and dark blue, green and burnt orange, each is a little different from the other with a complementary colored rim.
This lemon jug is beautifully and realistically textured, in bright yellow with a green stem handle, adding a summery pop to your table. It is made of Dolomite ceramic so has strong Italian origins too.
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Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.
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