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If you’re looking for decorating ideas with a striking yet easy to live with appeal, invite florals and foliage into your home with botanical-inspired fabrics and textiles. Intricate and elegant, these designs feature lush leaf sprays, fronds and ferns, and botanical-style florals in eye-catching palettes.
Botanicals are big in interiors now, but where did they come from, and why has it become so popular? Floral and botanical motifs are as old as design itself, from the vine leaves that characteristically adorned Parisian manuscripts in the Middle Ages to the East Asian specimens painted onto the walls of aristocrats at the height of the 18th century. Although a modern trend, this happy obsession with all things green and natural has been visited time and again through the ages in architecture and interiors.
Is it the refreshing and calm look these designs create or another connotation that makes us go back for more? Botanical prints are highly versatile and can be as bold or subtle as you desire - a celebration of the great outdoors, botanical interiors create a sense of serenity by bringing nature inside the home.
Embrace flower power, and start using fabrics and textiles with botanical patterns printed on them. More modern than floral room decor, botanicals make for a more toned-down look, sticking to green or neutral colour palettes. Smaller repeat patterns are suitable for more traditional spaces, while maximalist decor fans will love the more exuberant take on the botanical decor theme.
We have four easy-to-achieve ideas to revitalise your home with a combination of exquisite designs based on flora and fauna. So why not embrace the beauty of the great outdoors with clever ways to bring the graceful horticultural feel into your home with botanical-inspired fabrics and textiles?
They are a perfect way to introduce detail to a surface, break up the block colour of a curtain or sofa, or add new shades. When done well, they are beautiful and work in any context.
SHADES & DRAPES
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Blinds and curtains can dress a room up or down. Just like a suit can lend an essence of refinement or a denim jacket can make an evening dress casual, a full drape adds elegance and grace to a room while a Roman shade keeps things simple and streamlined.
Drapes with an intricate botanical print are a more classic look that works well against the dark wooden bed frame, and the crisp white sheets keep it fresh. If you prefer an unfussy, modern alternative - we recommend looking at shades.
A TAPESTRY OR WALL HANGING
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Think outside the frame. A botanical themed tapestry or wall hanging will lift your space front the ground up - they add a pop of colour and texture, as well as a sense of softness to a neutral space. These are a lot easier to move than framed paintings if or when you decide to head to your next home.
CUSHIONS & THROWS
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The more layers, the better! Bring some botanical charm to your interior by switching up your throws and cushions. It's one of the most effortless and affordable ways to give your home some serious style points and a much-needed revamp.
If you think these cosy decorative accents only belong on armchairs, sofas, or beds, think again. There are many more ways to style them; the possibilities are endless - for every season. Whether you layer them up or scatter one or two, the transformative effects of cushions and throws are infinite.
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Exquisite botanical themed Persian rugs will never go out of style - they are incredibly versatile. When deciding between subdued and heavily floral patterned rugs, consider the look and design of the walls and upholstery.
A heavily patterned rug will add a punch of colour and uplift the look of a room with subdued wall colouring and upholstery. However, the same rug may create an overly stimulating look in a room with heavily patterned wallpaper or upholstery. Our recommendation for this type of room would be to choose a Persian floral rug in more subdued colours and designs.
We handpicked three gorgeous botanical themed rugs to feast your eyes on, click their names to be redirected to their product page.