Style Guide: 13 Ways to Decorate with Floral
Decorating with floral patterns can be tricky. The right one can infuse even the darkest room with a much needed pop of spring. The wrong floral, though, can make the most modern loft space look like a rogue Grandma did a little redecorating.
Whether you like big bold patterns or subtle accents, we’ve got ideas for you. Our tips and tricks will keep your rooms looking like a garden party “do” rather than a garish “don’t”–no matter how much flower power you plan to use.
To test drive the pattern, try a neutral color
If this is your first foray into florals, a show-stopping pattern may feel like too much. Start with something smaller, like a subtle floral print in a neutral color.
This sheer window panel adds a touch of femininity without being overwhelming:
…while this damask tablecloth’s monochromatic pattern keeps larger flowers from completely pulling focus.
Add floral oomph with decorative accents
If want to try bigger, bolder floral prints, accent pieces are a great way to play–without allowing them to take over. Your best bet is to select no more than two items (in the same print or with a strong visual connection).
For example, you could use a few of these pretty toss pillows:
…and layer in this flower-shaped mirror:
…or even this lamp.
Make floral your focus
If your home decor philosophy is go big or go home, choose one major piece in a floral print and let it be the star of the room. Just remember to keep the rest of the decor flower-free to prevent the space from looking over-designed or mismatched.
You can set the tone in your bedroom with a bright floral bed set, and complement it with a palette of softer solids.
Add some “wow” to the bathroom with a flower printed shower curtain.
Or give the living room a dose of spring in an unexpected place by featuring a floral rug.
Choose a contemporary interpretation of a floral print
As our examples show, not every flower print has to scream English garden. There are plenty of modern prints that feel floral without actually looking like the real deal.
This mat adds a modern touch to a guest bathroom.
These window panels manage to infuse the room with a garden feel, even though they don’t have a classic floral pattern.
Don’t forget the kitchen
Decor isn’t limited to curtains, bed sets, and accent pieces.
This dinnerware, for instance, adds a fresh floral flair to any meal:
While this towel ensemble adds a lovely retro touch to the kitchen.
Or go all out with a bold floral statement
If you’re looking for unforgettable floral, this pendant lamp will certainly give guests something to talk about.
Tell us about your favorite floral touches in the space below.