Home improvements: Fabulous flourishes with floral prints

Floral prints can seem a little intimidating, but, if done well, they can make an eye-catching statement that will never go out of style.

Floral prints can seem a little intimidating – there are so many different styles, types, colours and shapes to choose from.

If done well, florals can make an eye-catching statement that will never go out of style. If you don’t get it right, however, you’ll be left with a messy, headache-inducing clash of prints. It’s important to get the balance right.

Saying that, don’t be nervous about mixing and matching your florals. The key is to stick with two or three prints that have a common colour palette. Or look for prints that have a matching background colour – black or off-white, for example.

The best thing about florals is that they can go anywhere – on wallpaper, cushions, fabrics, curtains and so on. But if you are going to introduce floral patterning on furniture, try to avoid flouncy detailing – unless granny chic is your thing. Avoid skirting on chairs and sofas; opt for cleaner, more streamlined lines.

Also, remember that not all florals are girlie – bigger, bolder prints in strong colours can create a very contemporary feel. ­Finally, make sure to complement your floral prints with some real flowers – even a few carefully placed stems in strategic points around the house will have a massive impact.


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Published: May 29, 2014 04:00 AM