Decorating Trend: The New Floral

More is definitely more, so layer up bountiful blooms from floor to ceiling for a dramatic and vibrant style that’s rich in floral opulence...


Soft petals tumble across the wall, creating a beautiful backdrop for bold upholstery. Choose fabrics that will complement your furniture. The striking hues of this punchy patchwork work well with the chair’s simple structure.

Mille Fleurs panoramic wallpaper, £1,092 for a 300x280cm panel, Pierre Frey. Dorothy chair, £846, Julian Chichester; covered in Barcelona in Multi, £169m, GP&J Baker 

Ready to fly

Pick an eye-catching pattern for a bed that is all set for adventure. These statement colours on a white background create an uplifting effect. Drifting petals make a dreamy backdrop, while the modern rug provides a change of pace with its large-scale design.

Mille Fleurs panoramic wallpaper, as before. Tomrefjord bed, £479, Ikea; covered in Hawaï in Multico, £89.50m, Jean-Paul Gaultier at Lelièvre. Merge stack table, £5,950, Ok Kim at Mint. Harbour large table lamp, £420, Julian Chichester. Red Heritage floral quilted eiderdown, £625, Preen By Thornton Bregazzi. Silk standard pillowcases, £92 each; silk king flat sheet, £340, all Gingerlily. Poppies rug, from £469, Sanderson at Style Library

Single minded

Got a flowery favourite? Let it take the chair and dominate the discussion. Upholstery is a smart way to make a statement and the rest of the room will follow.

Wall in Vardo estate emulsion, £47.95 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Seletti Roses armchair, £995, Ekenaset armchair, £179, Ikea; covered in Barcelona in Multi, £169m, GP&J Baker. Jelly side table, £1,048, Porada. Bloom bowl vase, £375, The Conran Shop. For a similar painting, try eBay 

Colour code

If pattern on pattern is your thing, then it’s good to introduce objects with block colours into the mix to anchor the look. The green pendant and yellow chairs bring these competing patterns into line, picking up on the leafy shades in the repeat on the walls and the golden hue of the carpet.

Geranium 117/11032 wallpaper, £190 a roll, Cole & Son. Ennéa dining table, £3,395, Ligne Roset at Heal’s. A.I. chair, £173, Kartell. Gubi 1F HiRek Shell chairs, £276 each, The Conran Shop. Otton 3 Tier Easyfit shade, £120, Habitat. Bespoke tie-backs, price on request, Samuel & Sons. Black jug, £12.99, H&M Home. Skirting in Vardo estate emulsion, £47.95 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Golden Effie carpet, £89.99sq m, Timorous Beasties at Brintons. For a similar vintage vase and painting, try eBay   

style matters

Excess is guaranteed to exceed expectations. Here, three floral motifs work as they all have an appealing exotic edge.

Chrysanthemums wallpaper, £175 a roll, Mind The Gap. Hepworth sofa, £2,508, Love Your Home x Livingetc Collection; covered in Hartfield, £135m, Osborne & Little. Zanotta Graphium coffee table, £2,856, Silvera. Luna side table (just seen), as before. Faux flowers, from £6 a stem, Oka. Bespoke tie-backs, price on request, Samuel & Sons. Roattino floor lamp, £1,307, Eileen Gray at Aram. Bloom vase in Orange, £375; Giverny vase in Pink, £285, both The Conran Shop. Rose & Peony rug, from £469, Sanderson at Style Library

Flower power

Hard surfaces are converting to florals, too. Strong ceramics, like this retro poppy-peppered repeat, bring a new dimension to bathrooms and give the smallest of spaces a distinctive character.

Summer Poppies ceramic tile mural, from £720, Surface View. Antoniolupi Opale Cristalmood wash basin, £2,516; Fukasawa freestanding mixer tap, £1,651, both West One Bathrooms. Giano console, £4,178, Flexform. Thirlmere hand towel, £12, Designers Guild. Floor in Dutch Orange modern eggshell, £71 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For similar orange wall tiles, try Reflections, £29.99sq m, CTD

Double take

If you’re planning to go full-on floral, take a feature, such as this electric-green skirting, and use it to pause the pattern. Without it, you risk visual overload. Be bold and your scheme will look stronger.

Rendezvous Tokyo Blue wallcovering, £135m; Rendezvous Tokyo Blue broadloom carpet, from £99m, both Moooi x Arte. Skirting in Florence chalk paint, £21.95 for 1ltr, Annie Sloan. String Pocket metal shelving, £150, String Furniture. Hattermorn pendant, £116, Pooky. Luna side tables, £199 for two, Dwell. Cappellini chair in Delft Velvet Noir, £2,284, Designers Guild. (On shelving) Hibiscus tankard jug, £60, Burleigh. (On tables) Blue Figures sculpture, £1,500, Madeline Hall at Mint. Poppyfield tall bottle vase, £90, Poole Pottery  

Moody blooms are more popular than ever – and dark backgrounds will ensure the most subtle florals sing…

Styling Marianne Cotterill

Photography Simon Bevan

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