Floral Fever: How to Use in Flowers
in Your Home Decor Like a Pro

Last year, a trend that we assumed had died a death back in the 1970s came rushing back; florals. Now, for many of us, the very word is enough to send shivers down our spines. It's the unthinkable. Unless you're rocking a vintage theme in your home, flowers and greenery can seem a little outdated.

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Charlotte Grainger
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April 8, 2017

 

They conjure images of your grandma’s living room; homely and cute but not at all contemporary.

Luckily, there’s a few ways that you can dip your hat to this fad without creating a home that looks like it hasn’t been updated for 50 years.

The point is that you don’t merely need to opt for the, frankly, garish themes and patterns that are most common with this trend.

No, there are little interior design ideas that will help you pop out this fad without it being over the top.

The key to pulling this off and still creating a chic home is knowing what works in your space. From greenery to stunning floral designs, there’s certain to be something that suits your particular abode.

It’s well worth considering all your options and finding a style that works for you. Here’s just about everything you need to know to use florals like a pro.

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First of all, remember the golden rule

Before we even get into the interior decorating ideas here, we need to have a frank talk. When working with florals, there’s just one golden rule: Less is more.

Learn it. Remember it. Use it in your home decor.

If you clutter up a room with an array of floral patterns that clash with one another, you’re not going to create a boho-inspired space; you’re going to create a mess.

This type of pattern can become headache-inducingly busy unless you use it sparingly. While you may be tempted to ‘mix and match’ a whole selection of modern wallpaper designs here, you need to think twice.

This trend is all about moderation. If you forget that, your interior design could go oh-so-wrong.

 

Go ahead and use some greenery

Now that we’ve got that messy subject out of the way, let’s talk about what you should be doing. If florals are a little too kitsch for your tastes, there’s another way that you may want to go when it comes to this trend.

Greenery can sharpen up any room in mere seconds. When you use houseplants and the like as accent pieces, you will notice a huge difference in your home decor style.

It can quite literally bring a little life to any space.

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So, where should you start? Well, rather than opting for an entire home decor theme, you may wish to take things back to basics.

Just because you choose to have some greenery in your abode, that does not mean that it has to dictate the rest of your furnishings.

In fact, including some fresh plants in your home will open the space up and create an artistic, original space for you and your loved ones.

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On a side note, you don’t want to conform to one particular ‘style’ of houseplant. Filling your home with a whole load of cacti might seem like a smart move when you’re buying them, but you just wait and see.

A few weeks down the line when you realise that you can never add another plant for fear of it clashing, you may regret it.

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If you’d like some greenery to flow into your decor too, there are many modern wallpaper designs featuring this style.

It doesn’t take a genius to realise that this trend is about to blow up, and so investing in some unique wallpaper design ideas now could be the way forward.

If you do plan on adopting this style within your home, refer back to the golden rule. Opt for a feature wall or accents in your home so as not to overdo it.

 

Use plants and flowers as accent pieces

Of course, it’s not only through the use of modern wallpaper designs that you can pay homage to this trend. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways in which you can use it is by including small accent pieces in your home.

This idea can be as simple as merely including a houseplant in your home as an accent piece. If you’re hoping to make this work, though, you will want to ensure that the piece stands out.

It really should be a ‘pop’ of colour and freshness in your room. (Hint: The very last thing you want is for this piece to look haphazard. Instead, it needs to look as though it serves a design purpose in the space.)

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There are a great many interior design ideas out there that will take a great deal of time and patience to complete. Not this one.

First, you should ensure that you choose a relatively neutral room in which you can include accent pieces.

If you opt for a room that already has an array of colours, tones, and patterns, you run the risk of the accent getting lost in a sea of sights.

Instead, choose a room in your home that is fairly nondescript; one that could do with a little splash of colour and individuality.

For example, you may find that your bathroom is plain in comparison to the rest of your home. This space will make the ideal base for your greenery accents.

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Once you’ve decided on a space for these pieces, it’s time to consider the pieces themselves.

You should, of course, steer clear of common houseplants and flowers. I’m talking about the ones that you can get at any home decor store for next to nothing.

These items may be affordable and easy to get hold of, but there’s a reason for that. If you’re going to adopt this trend, you want your home to be a level above the norm.

Choose pieces that are exotic or rare; ones that you wouldn’t see in just any old house. These are the accents that will really show your sense of style at its peak.

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If you happen to work with flower arrangements, rather than plants, you should know that this is likely to be a big commitment.

Plastic or faux flowers are a massive no-no for obvious reasons. That means that you will need to replenish your arrangements once every couple of weeks.

On the one hand, this is an opportunity to get creative; you can change the florals as the seasons change. However, it will take a great deal of time on your part to maintain the look.

When done well, this little touch can change the look of a room dramatically.

 

Alternately use them as centrepieces

While we’re on the subject of floral arrangements, here’s a neat idea that we mustn’t overlook. Some interior design ideas stand the test of time no matter what and floral centrepieces are proof of just that.

You may wish to include these in your home for special occasions or use them as a year-round feature of the space. That part is entirely up to you.

What matters here is how you feature the flowers within your home. So, what should you do? Well, the key to this little fad is that the arrangement has to enhance the space rather than making it look cluttered or overrun.

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First of all, you should take into consideration the space that you have. It is already busy enough? Do you store many things on your table? You should work with a fairly blank canvas.

That is to say that it’s time to get rid of the majority of the trinkets and clutter on your tabletop. Doing so will be a somewhat cathartic exercise.

When you have a messy home, you have a messy mind. Once you’ve done that, you can get around to creating a centrepiece that works with your particular home design.

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The flowers should complement your other interior decorating ideas in the best possible way. That’s why, before you do anything else, you should make sure that you take note of the tones and patterns in your home.

Pick out certain colours that make the room unique and try to opt for flowers that also have these tones. In doing so, you will ensure that the entire room ties together in a complete and polished look.

And, voilà, you have the perfect centrepiece for any space.

 

Go bold with floral patterns

So long as you’re following the golden rule here, you can afford to go bold with your wallpaper design ideas.

Remember, a floral pattern does not have to conform to the vintage style by any means.

You can pretty much apply this look to any style of home – from Nordic to coastal – as long as you use it with caution.

For example, in a house where there is already a wealth of negative space, you can afford to create a dramatic and eye-catching piece.

It may be worth mocking up how the room will look before you dive right in. That way, you will get a chance to visualise the idea before it is complete.

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Let’s face it, using petite patterns can be a little underwhelming. For one thing, you might find that people barely notice the style; that it simply has zero effect on the overall look of your home.

What’s more, in a modern, contemporary room, a piece with small patterns on it is certain to look out of place and a little odd. Instead, it’s time to take things to a new level; you have to chose bold, powerful prints.

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Now, for those of you who tend to shy away from strong patterns and the like, this step will be a hard one.

You’re likely used to more simple living room ideas, and so this new take on your interior design style may be tricky.

There’s one thing you need to keep in mind and that’s the fact that a small dose of bold design can create an ultra chic room.

Being brave and dedicating a small space to this – be it in the form of wallpaper or indeed a fabric – will honestly pay off more than you know now.

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Play around with a few different styles before you choose one that suits your home. If you happen to have featured colours or accents in your abode or room, you can highlight these within the piece.

For example, if your palette tends to be green and brown, you could choose a particular patter that aligns with this look. The point is now that the bold pattern draws away from the room. Instead, it adds a new dimension to it.

 

Make use of your room height

Why leave things on the ground level? Doing so may be your natural instinct here, but it’s something that you may want to ignore.

Suppress the urge to just go for the obvious interior design ideas, and try something different for a change.

One of the most exciting things we’re seeing at the moment in terms of interior design ideas is hanging features.

If you want to introduce some flora into your home, you may want to start from the top and work your way down.

Of course, you will need to have high ceilings to pull off this look, which means that it simply will not work for every home.

However, if you’re lucky enough to have a home with a wealth of space, this idea is certain to captivate you in a truly unique way.

Creating a cascading floral arrangement that hangs from the top of the room will have a startling effect on the area.

You may, of course, wish to couple this with a few rustic pieces to avoid it looking too delicate. Doing so will create a fresh take on an old-timey idea.

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But wait, what if you don’t have that height with which to work? Well, that’s where your walls come into play.

You can create a similar effect using a white (or, indeed, neutral) wall and some box settings. These pieces are just wonderful if you’d like to add a splash of the floral theme into your home without letting things get out of hand.

If you’re willing to look around for them, you should find some wonderful geometric wall pieces that will suit this style.

 

Make sure that you use your ‘white space’

Trust me here when I say this: You should never, ever underestimate the value of ‘white space’.

Whether you’re choosing some simple living room ideas or just redesigning a space in your home, this should always come into play.

Why?

Well, if you allow for a little blank space in your home, you can afford to do just about anything you please.

This little factor means that you can take some serious interior design risks and create a style that really makes a statement.

Why do you think artists start with a blank canvas before they create their masterpieces, eh?

If you’re going to try any of the interior design ideas that I’ve already mentioned, ‘white space’ is going to be absolutely essential.

Don’t get me wrong; you don’t have to ensure that the area is actually crisp white. No, it can be pretty much any muted tone so long as it doesn’t demand too much attention of people.

When you are decorating your room, it’s important that you remember this and allow there to be space for a little creativity later on down the line.

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Once you have that space, you can afford to play with the likes of bold patterns, greenery, and indeed floral arrangements.

It’s what gives the home its base, and so it needs to leave as much scope as possible.

When you’re rearranging your abode, you will have a chance to really sink your teeth into any new design that you may wish to choose.

It really is interior design 101, and so you don’t want to ignore it. While working with florals might be a tad scary right now, this last tip will make the whole thing much easier!

What do you think? Will you be using some floral patterns in your home this season?

Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte is a freelance writer living in Sheffield, UK. Her interests include gender issues, kittens and the Gilmore Girls. In her spare time, she also writes poetry and drinks copious amounts of red wine and coffee.