Floral patterns have returned to the interior design world, and we’re loving it! Recently, we discussed some design trends that people have been adding into their homes, like grandmillennialism, monochrome and minimalism. But floral aesthetics are also making their mark on the decor world once again. As with any trend that resurfaces, however, they have emerged in a new form. Combining with the renaissance of individualistic and self-empowering ideals in today’s world, designers are beginning to use florals in more creative, bold and statement-making ways.
Making Modern Florals Work
Florals are becoming big. Literally. One significant way they are being used is in large or oversized flower images put on a single wall. Since natural, earthy tones and patterns are popular, too, this empowers the use of imagination in contemporary floral design. For instance, florals can be made subtle through the use of geometric designs, which appear at first glance to be abstractions, but at a closer look resemble blooms or bouquets. Or they can be made bold with intricate designs, as if a professional painter had spent weeks or months trying to create the perfect look.
However, since floral patterns can be rather powerful in their imagery, it’s not uncommon for them to end up on a single wall in a room, balanced out with monochrome and neutral tones. This fits in with the “power of contrast” that is also popular right now: make a big, creative statement that can stand on its own, but don’t let it become so big that it’s overwhelming.
Not Just For the Walls
You can do a lot with florals. The possibilities are endless, and that’s the kind of decorating freedom that is attractive. You can put floral designs on window curtains, lampshades, bedding or throw pillows. Put them in frames and hang them on the wall. Create pops of color to add excitement in an otherwise neutral environment. You can even stretch the term “floral” to encompass other plant patterns, like trees, fruits or bamboo. Or you could add to the scenery with real plants that you personally tend to. Take any of these ideas and mix and match them. It’s entirely up to you!
Furthermore, it doesn’t have to take much to make a nice modern floral design. If you already have certain decor, accents or colors in your home that could work alongside a floral pattern, you could add an item to a shelf, counter, side table or piece of furniture to bring a fresh, springlike feeling to the space in question. This isn’t about an entire room dedicated to a single pattern. It’s about taking what works for you, mixing it up and growing something new from it. Flowers are all about the beauty behind the progressive act of change, anyway, and every flower grows and develops uniquely. Just like you.
Floral patterns tend to engender a sense of peace combined with sophistication and creativity. Assuming they aren’t overly distracting, they can be used to great effect to provide an atmosphere of growth and well-being. They feel clean, fresh and sometimes even adventurous.
Because floral aesthetics can be so versatile, they can also convey any meaning you want. They can remind you of a tropical rainforest, or of the garden in your backyard. They can be a backdrop or muse for creative projects. Or if literalism isn’t your thing, you can use abstract, symbolic or geometric patterns mixed together to foster a creative environment without making the floral theme too obvious.
So as spring and summertime launch into full swing this year, maybe it’s time to adopt some floral looks into your everyday aesthetic. Nature is classic, relaxing and elemental, and bringing it into your home can be an excellent choice when considering what new direction to take with decorating. And if you need some help giving shape to your idea, come in and talk to us in a design consultation. We’re here to help your design dreams come true!