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.

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.

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.

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.

style matters

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

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.

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.

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

Styling Marianne Cotterill

Photography Simon Bevan

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.