Style Guide: 13 Ways to Decorate with Floral

April 10, 2013

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:

Anya Silhouette Sheer Window Panel

…while this damask tablecloth’s monochromatic pattern keeps larger flowers from completely pulling focus.

Spring Meadow Damask Tablecloth at Bed Bath & Beyond
Spring Meadow Damask Tablecloth

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:

Mumsford Bright Toss Pillow at Bed Bath & Beyond
Mumsford Bright Toss Pillow

…and layer in this flower-shaped mirror:

Cooper Classics Covington Mirror at Bed Bath & Beyond
Cooper Classics Covington Mirror

…or even this lamp.

Sterling Industries Montpelier Table Lamp with Floral Shade at Bed Bath & Beyond
Sterling Industries Montpelier Table Lamp with Floral Shade

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.

Flo 5-Piece Complete Bed Ensemble at Bed Bath & Beyond
Flo 5-Piece Complete Bed Ensemble

Add some “wow” to the bathroom with a flower printed shower curtain.

M. Style Bloomsbury Floral Shower Curtain at Bed Bath & Beyond
M. Style Bloomsbury Floral Shower Curtain

Or give the living room a dose of spring in an unexpected place by featuring a floral rug.

Nourison Contours Violet Floral Rugs at Bed Bath & Beyond
Nourison Contours Violet Floral Rugs

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.

Fresh Floral Real Simple Bath Rug at Bed Bath & Beyond
Fresh Floral Real Simple Bath Rug

These window panels manage to infuse the room with a garden feel, even though they don’t have a classic floral pattern.

Kas Leura Window Curtain Panel at Bed Bath & Beyond
Kas Leura Window Curtain Panel

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:

Mikasa® Floral Silhouette Dinnerware at Bed Bath & Beyond
Mikasa® Floral Silhouette Dinnerware

While this towel ensemble adds a lovely retro touch to the kitchen.

Lenox® Butterfly Meadow Kitchen Towel Ensemble at Bed Bath & Beyond
Lenox® Butterfly Meadow Kitchen Towel Ensemble

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.

Rouge Living™ Red Leaf Pendant Lamp at Bed Bath & Beyond
Rouge Living™ Red Leaf Pendant Lamp

Tell us about your favorite floral touches in the space below.

Megan Mostyn-Brown




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