Along with the sweet sound of birds chirping, delicate blossoms are beginning to reawaken from their winter slumber and grace us with their glorious presence once again. This month, you’ll find fresh inspiration and tips from the pros to incorporate botanical elements into your interior design with a modern flair.
“It's all about the scale! Jumbo-size floral fabrics, wallcoverings, and framed prints are the freshest way to incorporate florals in a contemporary setting.” – Amy Miller Weinstein, AMW Design Studio
HARMONY & SCALE
“There are a few things that you can do to harmonize floral patterns in a space. First, pay attention to the color. You can balance out colorful floral prints with neutral tones. Next, focus on the scale of the pattern. I love big prints in a small space, they have so much impact! Finally, make it match. I recommend pairing up the same floral pattern on drapes, wallpaper, or with a piece of upholstered furniture.” – Lisa Petrella, Petrella Designs
“Florals can be a unique way to liven up a more transitional setting. The key is to use a floral pattern in moderation when combining them with more geometric patterns. Also, by selecting a floral that has a color relationship to other elements in the room, it allows your eye to easily accept the dichotomy of the two styles. In this vacation guest room, the floral provides a surprising element to the bedding design.” – Kathleen McGovern, Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design
“Consider color and proportion. In this example, we layered a floral print with a geometric print that is smaller in scale and in a similar color family. You can also pair patterns that are complimentary in color, just be sure that you balance the proportions of the prints.” – Cynthia Evans, Cynthia Evans Interiors
“Rather than basing your interior design decisions on a prevailing trend, choose a floral pattern and color that you resonate with; you’ll be much happier long term. Also, adding elements like this high-gloss vanity in a bold color helps to modernize the space.” – Cynthia Evans, Cynthia Evans Interiors
“Make a splash in a space by stenciling a large-format floral design on an accent wall. For this bedroom, I pulled the silk color from The Ghiordes Knot rug and used a 30-inch by 30-inch template with opalescent paint to create an almost 3-D floral wallpaper effect.” – Diane Hancock, Diane Hancock Designs