Contributed by Liivi Hess, Principal Design Consultant at Magnolia Hill Interiors:
Now that February has rolled around, we’re all impatiently crossing off the days on the calendar until winter finally releases its dreary clutches and the season brightens up. It’s not too long now until we’ll be able to escape the confines of the indoors and breathe some fresh air without bundling up in thick winter gear. In the mean time, bring some early spring blooms into your space with the current fresh botanically-inspired trend.
Everywhere you look on the high street, designers and retailers are taking risks and pushing the limits with ever brighter and more wildly floral designs. Whether you have a ‘brown thumb’ or are just tired of waiting for the new season’s buds to start appearing, your home deserves the fun and whimsy this trend can bring. If your taste ranges on the timid side, try a little dash with just a throw cushion – such as the ‘Birds and Butterflies’ design from Hunkydory Home, or a vase, like the ‘Grass Vase’ from Bodie and Fou. On the other hand, if you’re brave and want a no-holds-barred injection of vibrancy, go all out with ‘Go Ask Alice’ wallpaper from Rose and Grey, or the Designers Guild ‘Floral Outer’ armchair from John Lewis.
The botanical trend is not a frivolous one to eschew by any means, since it draws on historical prints and illustrations from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as eternally adored designs such as those from William Morris and Wedgwood. So go for it, and enjoy a visual garden in your home all-year-round!
Here are some inspirational ideas:
Go Ask Alice wallpaper, £45 per roll
Chennai throw, available from OKA, £175
Grass ceramic vase, bodieandfou.com, £30
Bird Leaves cushion, 95percentshop.co.uk, £69.95
Flower rug, available from Heals, from £1200
Flower handles, 95percentshop, £8.75
Trees print, available at Heals, 70
Birds and Butterflies cushion, Hunkdory Home, £25
Floral armchair, available at John Lewis, £999
Find out how Liivi can help you create a home that makes you smile every time you walk in. Visit her at www.magnoliahillinteriors.com