Strike a posy – fashion’s new florals for your home

16th February 2016
Calling all home lovers – how much attention do you pay to what’s going on at London Fashion Week (19-23 February)? Not a lot? Well you should, because take it from us, it’s only a short, platform-heeled step (yes, they’re back and we’ll all be tottering around on them soon!) from runway to room when it comes to home fashion trends.Basically, what appeared on the catwalks last autumn (when the designers showcased their looks for spring/summer 16) is now hot news for homes… and what’s currently making headlines in London, New York, Paris and Milan will be making its way into a lounge near us come autumn.

High fashion for your home

This ‘dedicated follower of fashion’ approach to home decorating is, unsurprisingly, due in the large part to the unstoppable rise of social media. With so many photographers, stylists and bloggers posting and tweeting the new fashions within seconds of the model stepping onto the catwalk, it’s little wonder that what used to be a two-year lag between haute couture and home is now almost instantaneous. As homeowners, we see designer looks we love, and we want them in our homes now… and luckily the interiors guys are more than happy to feed our addiction, with collections that reflect the fashion trends hitting the stores on a seasonal basis.

catwalks exampls

Image credit: Dolce & Gabbana

Spring’s top home decorating trends

So what’s on the radar for our homes this spring? Well, you can expect a strong nod to the Seventies, a flourish of animal print and some laid-back neutrals, but one that really stood out on the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana, Vetements, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Gucci among others was the trend for over sized flower prints – or as we like to call it, florabundance. These giant blooms strutted their stuff for the fashion houses, and now they’ve sunk their roots deep into interior design too, with everything from sofas, footstools and rugs to wallpaper, cushions and throws displaying flower power.

Floral montage

Bottom Left: Chiltern grand floral sofa I DFS.

Blooming marvellous

So how do you bring the glories of the garden to life indoors? We asked interiors stylist and blogger Charis White for her expert opinion on how to work this season’s hottest decorating trend.

  • Floral sofas and armchairs with frilled skirts are in. Pile up with flowery cushions, mixing in the odd plain velvet one too – a bit of Paisley wouldn’t go amiss here either. Paint the walls a verdant green (I love Farrow and Ball’s Yeabridge Green, new for 2016), which is a perfect foil for a riot of brightly coloured floral prints. Cultural aside: the Royal Academy has chosen a very similar shade to show some of the paintings in their current exhibition Painting the Modern Garden (running until 20 April 2016), so you know you’re onto a winner.
  • In 2016, patchwork feature walls will give way to patchwork rooms where each wall is completely covered in a different floral wallpaper. Contrast this riot of colour with plain furniture, but add an army of floral cushions or flowers.

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  • For full-on floral max, mix super-large floral motifs such as floral murals (Surface view have some amazing ones) with medium-sized prints and some ditsy ones too. Take this look across wallpaper, curtains, sofa fabrics and accessories. Tap into spring’s hot new colour trend too – hang some floral prints in brightly coloured frames – I’m crushing on pink, red, green and turquoise. Break up the ‘Florabundance’ with one wall painted a solid colour. 

Quick home-decorating wins

Fancy a posy rather than a whole bouquet? Charis has some speedy solutions to add just a hint of bloom to your room…

  • Decorate each riser of your staircase with a different floral wallpaper

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  • Hang a selection of fabulously floral circular lampshades at different heights for a fantastic focal point.

  • Add a touch of posy with a scattering of floral cushions to brighten even the darkest of palettes.

  • Compliment a vintage floral statement chair with a soft pastel backdrop

For more floral homes inspiration and ideas, follow us on Pinterest and stay tuned..

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