Get inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show

23rd May 2016

Elvis Costello might have sung “I don’t want to go to Chelsea” but we bet he’d have changed his mind if he’d managed to lay his hands on tickets for the most prestigious flower show around! The RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May 2016) has been a highlight of the British calendar for well over a century – it started life as the RHS Great Spring Show back in 1862, then moved to its present home, the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital in London, in 1913, where it’s been held every year since (with just a few gaps during the two World Wars).

A right royal show

Every year the RHS Chelsea Flower Show draws over 150,000 visitors – including members of the royal family – who come from far and wide to be wowed by the amazing show gardens and exhibits. This year, as a tribute to HM The Queen’s 90th birthday, visitors will be able to see a magnificent floral arch made with flowers donated by British growers and a photographic exhibition that chronicles Her Majesty The Queen’s many visits to the show. Other show highlights include an acoustic garden that plays musical notes, the British Eccentrics Garden featuring bizarre gadgetry that ‘performs’ every 15 minutes, and the Tunnel installation, which celebrates the scent and beauty of fresh roses. For more details, see rhs.org.uk/shows

Feeling the power of the flower?

If the thought of the floral spectacular at Chelsea has got you channeling your inner Alan Titchmarsh, hang fire as there are less strenuous ways of getting your garden fix. We’ve come up with five simple, stylist-inspired ways to help you bring the outside in without ever having to lift a trowel…

1 Beautiful botanicals

Recreate the garden indoors with floral sofas. Flower prints are big this season so don’t be afraid to go large – to avoid the kitsch and keep this look totally contemporary, opt for a zingy citrus shade.

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The fabulous Ellie Floral 2-seater sofa from DFS

2 Opposites attract

Don’t be afraid to clash – Mother Nature isn’t always harmonious but she is always stunning. Try a leaf-print wallpaper on a feature wall offset with a textured plain sofa, and mix and match shades of green, such emerald, lime, sage, olive and pistachio, to create your own garden-inspired living space.

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Add some texture with the velvet Concerto sofa from DFS

3 Pots of plants

Create your own indoor garden with a stunning display of houseplants. Group them together for maximum impact, and add interest to your forest-scape by choosing plants with different leaves, shapes and textures, like in this luxurious design from gardening gurus balconygardenweb.com.

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Group houseplants together to create a stunning display of green

4 Reclaim and restore

Upcycled furniture is perfect for the indoors/outdoors look with its distressed-vintage vibe mirroring the weathered look of garden furniture. Go for a combination of woods in different shades with elements of metal for a true potting-shed-meets-lounge look. For more upcycling inspiration, check out our recent blog Upcycle Like a Pro.

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Upcycle old furniture for a bang-on-trend reclaimed look

5 Bouquet? OK!

And of course the easiest way to bring the outdoors in is to literally bring the outdoors in, with gorgeous bunches of flowers dotted around your home in statement vases. Here’s one of our faves from Dwell – an intricate design of chromed roses that will look great in every room.

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Large ceramic rose vase in chrome from Dwell

Looking for more inspiration?

Check out our newest Style Sourcebook ezine, online now. It’s packed with style advice and ideas on the latest looks for your home, including a piece on How to Bring the Outside In, along with a practical video on blurring the boundaries between indoors and out to create a nature-inspired look for your home.

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