Let’s Do The Floral Dance

Spring is in the air so interiors journalist Sharon Dale reveals this season’s best floral buys.

Flowers and plants can bring a room to life and this year the shops are bursting with blooms. The floral trend is in full swing with botanical prints on everything from wallpapers and fabrics to mugs and murals. 

There are also some incredibly realistic faux house plants with some of the best by designer Abigail Ahern.
 
Of course, flowers never really go out of fashion although they have often been subdued, most notably by minimalism and by Ikea’s” Chuck out the Chintz” campaign in 1996. Right now, they have fought back and floral prints are bigger and bolder than ever. 

Here are some of my favourite flower-powered designs:




Faking it in style:


The thick plastic stems and too-bright petals of the past have been superceded by new species of faux flora. I love the latest collection from Abigail Ahern (www.abigailahern.com). Her range includes everything from cacti, trees and leaves to single stem flowers.  Prices are reasonable. A creamy rose is £6.50 and a spray of blossom is £4.50. At the top end, there are cacti for £280. I love this Melford bouquet, £61.
 

A cup of tea:


Emma Bridgewater pottery is quintessentially English and doesn’t date. So this Wallflower teacup and saucer, £34.95, is a good investment. It is from www.daisypark.co.uk, a lovely online store with some great brands like Bridgewater, Cath Kidston, Bronte by Moon, Avoca and Garden Trading.


 

Sitting pretty:


This fabulous Midhurst sofa, £1,805, from Sofas and Stuff, www.sofasandstuff.com, is upholstered in Liberty Art fabrics Fresco Citrus. It is inspired by 19th century landscape gardener and architect William Nesfield. 



These floral patterned plates are from Marks & Spencer and they would look great hung on the wall or displayed on a plate. Mix with vintage finds to create an interesting and eclectic mix.



BHS has a big collection of floral bedding this season.  This patchwork design will brighten the darkest bedroom. Bedding sets start from £40, www.bhs.co.uk
 


Bright and bold florals are big this season but creations like these by designer Hannah Nunn are timeless. She began her product design career as a lighting designer but has now diversified into fabrics and wallpaper. This cow parsley lamp is £82 and this Paper Meadow cushion, printed and sewn in England with a duck feather inner, is £59. www.hannahnunn.co.uk
 

Publish date: 23/03/2016