I don’t know why but this week, in my head it’s spring. I’m a little ahead. And it’s not like I don’t have enough sun. I see my loved ones and some of my work partners who are starting to feel winter fatigue. Maybe that’s why I’m getting ahead of the themes of sunny days. No matter! We will be interested in flowers in decoration. For several decades they have been associated with kitsch. They were obsolete unless they were in a vase. We remember the floral motif from the 70s or the one reminiscent of English country houses. However, the idea of flower in the decor has been brought up to date. You will see, in the rest of this article, I offer a lot of possibilities to bring floral air to your decor.
FLOWERS IN YOUR HOME TEXTILES
We will start with what is the fastest to set up. If you want to put flowers in your decor without changing everything, textiles are your ally.
FLOWERS ON THE CURTAINS FOR THE MORE DARING
I believe that the curtain with flower remains badly connoted in our collective spirit. Personally, the first idea that comes to my mind is very negative, when in reality, there are models of floral curtains that are neither kitsch nor ugly. Dressing your windows with flowers can give an air of an English home.
For the record, when I was a child, my parents had renovated my bedroom. Everything was very pleasant except for the textiles. My mother had chosen ignoble floral double curtains and the matching bedspread. I think it vaccinated me for over 20 years of flowers in the decor. I can still see this despicable pair of curtains… What a horrible memory!
FLORAL PATTERNS ON THE CARPET
Flowers can also take possession of the carpet. One thinks for example of the Moldavian carpets, warm and authentic. The red floral pattern generally contrasts with the dark carpet pattern. An air from elsewhere thanks to the flowers. Still, in carpets from elsewhere, we have the oriental carpet which takes up the flower in a slightly more symbolic way. Still, in the flower symbol, we can see the cement tile pattern on the carpet. In this case, the flower is more geometric.
And then in the family of flowered rugs, there are the models that I prefer: large colorful flowers, much more contemporary and always feminine. The colors are invigorating and warm. Ideal to give a new breath to its decoration without leaving on an English or bohemian style. This is the kind of carpet that will add pep to the living room even if you are tired of your plain sofa!
A FLORAL TOUCH IN THE SOFA WITH THE CUSHION COVERS
And speaking of a sofa, the cushions can be coated with floral patterns in a few minutes, the time to change the covers. Fast, efficient and it doesn’t necessarily cost much. To avoid the too much side, it is preferable to mix flower motif and plain cushion cover. The flowers in addition to bringing a pattern will bring a touch of spring colors to your sofa.
FLORAL BED LINEN TO BRING SPRING INTO THE BEDROOM
Impossible to speak of household linen with flowers without speaking of bed linen. I have already had the opportunity to tell you, bedding sets allow you to breathe new life into your bedroom decor. Even if the atmosphere is simple and refined, you can bring it a little dynamism and freshness thanks to the bed linen. The choice is vast, very vast. Probably because the flowers on this decorative support have never disappeared. Even if they were neither trendy nor fashionable, they always pleased.
FLORAL PATTERNS AS A WALL DECORATION
Flowers are not the only thing found in fabrics. They can also take possession of our wall decoration in different ways:
FLORAL WALLPAPER IS NO LONGER NECESSARILY KITSCH
I said it in the introduction, for long time flowers and wallpaper referred to the 70s: Big flowers, past fashion colors … It was not to everyone’s taste and I can understand it easily. We also had the liberty motif a decade ago and often it was used in a little girl’s world. The liberty has a childish side that does not stick with all the personalities nor all the interiors. It’s a bit like wallpaper in an English style. A timeless atmosphere, but one that doesn’t necessarily please everyone. Even if this style tends to purify itself a little while remaining refined, it remains very singular.
The floral motif in the wallpaper has made a comeback thanks to the Art Deco style. Stylized, geometric flowers that brought a lot of character to the room in which the paper was placed. And then it evolved. The flowers remain but their appearance changes. We are in a large format, panoramic or XXL wallpaper. Flowers sometimes rub shoulders with exotic plants, foliage from elsewhere for a more jungle and therefore more contemporary atmosphere.
FLORAL FRESCO ON ONE OF THE WALLS OF A ROOM
The wallpaper is relatively easy to set up, even if it has fittings. An alternative to wallpaper is the mural. Either you know how to draw and you dare to stick to it yourself, or you call on an artist or a painter who will create the floral motif you like. Personally, I really like the black and white frescoes with large, more or less realistic flowers. (Too many details kill the simplicity of black and white).
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THE FRAMED HERBARIUM
Another way to bring a floral touch to the walls of your home sweet home, the herbarium. A pretty flower carefully dried, highlighted in a nice setting. It is a simple way to work the flower. And simplicity has a lot of charm. Associated with floral illustrations, the herbarium will be of the most beautiful effect!
AND THE REAL FLOWERS IN THE DECOR, THEN?
Living flowers have their place in decoration. They bring a feeling of authenticity in addition to the naturalness which is intrinsic to them. They are found in different forms: the poetic and light crown, dried but which I like less or even more simply cut in a vase.
THE WREATH FOR A TOUCH OF POETRY
We know the Christmas wreath, and there it is the same principle without the red and green effect linked to the end of year celebrations. We are going to be on light, poetic models. There is also a certain simplicity that emerges from flower crowns. I like it but I don’t know if it could have its place in my house. You can buy a wreath from your florist. You can also learn to do it yourself. There are more and more workshops that are emerging and it is a fun way to keep busy, a different activity that puts good humor in everyday life.
THE TREND OF DRIED FLOWERS
I don’t talk much about it on the blog because even if they are trendy, I consider them as a dust nest, a little like a rotten pot on the console of the entrance. It’s pretty but I prefer to save myself the dust that collects. There is also a question of colors, often the dried flowers presented do not please me. I don’t like the range of colors. I like a living, the green, the chlorophyll. On the other hand, I already like a little more when the dried flowers are under the globe. There is an idea of delicacy that we seek to protect. There is the problem of dust which poses a little less problem. And the glass globe is a childhood memory. (My mother had kept her veil and her wedding bouquet under the globe, before leaving France, I left it with my aunt…)
THE CLASSIC BOUQUET OF FLOWERS AND FLOWERING PLANTS
The bouquet of flowers is undoubtedly the best known way to bring a floral touch to your decor. But often we don’t do it because it’s not given, because it doesn’t last very long either. The ephemeral side of cut flowers bothers me a little. It’s very pretty and from time to time, I liked being offered to me. It’s always fun let’s be honest!
Rather than cut flowers to put in a vase, why not go on flowering houseplants. Plants are trendy, there is no longer any need to prove it. And they last much longer than a bouquet. Here are some plants that bloom and can be found inside the house: the rose bush, the orchid (even if in Asia I have a lot less trouble not bursting them than in France! ), false arums / moon flower (in Latin Spathiphyllum ), the cyclamen of Persia… There is something for all tastes, all types of decoration. Whether you like small or large flowers, whether you like colors or white, green plants that bloom can be an asset in your interior if you are looking to bring a floral touch.
DECORATIVE SHOPPING AROUND THE FLORAL PRINT AND FLOWERS
And to help you put flowers in your interior, I offer a small selection of decorative items. I hope this will help you…
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