How do you decorate every room in your home with flowers?
The decor was cheerful again, after what seemed like an eternity of Scandinavian-inspired minimalism and minimalism. The return of bold pattern and cheerful colors widely used in our homes makes us feel comfortable, nostalgic and optimistic – and it is difficult to find a more upbeat pattern than floral.
Flowers create the perfect rustic feel when used in small accents or in large spaces. Here, we look at how best to use elegant chrysanthemum wallpaper in the kitchen, how to define and highlight the area with floral fabric, ways to introduce dramatic and rich rose motifs, and the best floral patterns for a crisp, clean bathroom.
Read on to learn four unique ways to decorate with some of Britain’s favorite flowers for a home that always blooms…
Roses in the living room
This living room takes its design cues from the farmhouse playbook, with stacks of mismatched accessories, a comfy sofa, soft textures, and pretty colors. The perfect country flower, roses make happy companions here.
Bold florals in rich, saturated colors like these velvet pillows are most effective when used in moderation—and can still attract the eye even in crowded spaces. This design technique can be used on any number of small surfaces such as a lampshade, bedspread, or piece of wall art.
We ideally want our flowers to be cheerful and upscale, so be very careful when using patterns against a dark background or in heavy material – bright red roses can look great on a black background, but will feel heavy and intense in large doses.
Daisies in the kitchen
Nothing beats flowers for a “country” setting in kitchens. An abundance of delicious flowers has a beautiful enveloping effect, creating the characteristic coziness of a country kitchen and softening a functional space.
Here, one of William Morris’s early editions celebrates the humble daisy. Choose a colorful botanical illustration on a warm taupe base if you want to achieve a similar vintage feel – classic enamel kitchen canisters, traditional spindle-back dining chairs, and faux brass accents complete the effect.
When using colored wallpaper, don’t be shy about using color elsewhere in your kitchen. Choose the most cheerful colors and match them with furniture and accessories – a clever design treatment that is put to good use on this raspberry red kitchen mantel.
Marshmallow in the bedroom
One for temporary decoration. If you want to introduce floral patterns but are hesitant to do so in a big way, hanging on a wall or curtain is a safe option.
Hibiscus tend to have a nostalgic and romantic quality, making it well-suited to the bedroom, and are used here cleverly to define and highlight the bed area – this would also work wonderfully in the absence of a headboard.
A degree of informality is required when using such beautiful and feminine flowers; Country homes tend to be accessorized in a way that is both charming and casual, and anything too elegant can detract from a well-lived and loved room.
Magnolia in the bathroom
Magnolias are one of nature’s most precious yet fleeting glories, and a joy to replicate indoors.
The large, vibrant flowers are well suited to a bathroom or dressing room where they can be enjoyed in small doses. They’re a great choice to liven up plain tiles, too.
When using a vibrant floral print in a broad color palette, keep your surrounding features clean and fresh – the white tongue, orchard boards and painted floorboards here offset the large, billowing flowers above. Use the same caution when choosing your bathroom accessories, all you’ll need is one or two complementary shades.
And don’t be put off by the idea of peeling wallpaper or bubbling in a steamy bathroom – they’re more resilient than you might think. Just be sure to use waterproof materials in those areas that are likely to get sprayed.