Vintage florals are adding life and colour to our spaces – and we can’t get enough of their blooming beauty.
Nature doesn’t get it wrong. The colour-consulting design work has already been done, in a bunch of flowers. For a dash of yesteryear culture, perhaps include famous vintage floral patterns and materials, such as timeless Liberties or William Morris prints. Chic French Aubusson florals are elegant in a floor rug. Look for fabric detail too, such as floral-art in reversible silk damask or wool-woven crewel embroidery.
Hang old-style artwork of both structural and whimsical bouquets. Perhaps fill a plain wall with vintage prints, to create an art garden. The secret is to group these bunches of beauties. Tablecloths, placemats and dinner plates adorned with granny florals, sets the dinner table for feasting.
If the lounge is overtaken with an oversized couch and TV, soften with feminine florals. Re-cover an antique ottoman or chair in a new-but-old floral fabric, to bring it back to life whilst keeping it authentic. Vintage-floral cushions, in tapestry, linens or velvets characterise a plain lounge suite.
Classic vintage floral is often muted – a sublime match with earthy naturals and stoneware. Or add brighter blooms if your décor palette is clean and crisp. Choose a particular floral species, or colour group that you just can’t get enough of. Say, pale-pink roses, or the deep purple hues of irises, violets, delphiniums and pansies.
Then ‘plant’ renditions of them throughout – from tea-towels and teacups to the duvet and curtains. Or just deliciously clash and crowd, in an old-fashioned floral fest.