The Rose between the Thorns
As with most design concepts the most important and simple rule is 'less is more'. Use a floral pattern to add a statement of interest, pattern or texture to a room instead of creating a cluttered overpowering scene from Gardeners World. Consider a retro, bold floral print wallpaper for a feature wall or a selection of coordinating scatter cushions for a less impacting effect.
Whatever your choice; be sure to consider the feeling of symmetry within the room overall. For example, if you choose floral scatter cushions be sure to repeat the combination of colours or choose a similarly elaborate pattern to use elsewhere in the room.
From Pansies to Palm Trees
Alongside the positioning and overall presence of floral within your room it is also hugely important to consider scale. Generally speaking, keep very busy and intricate patterns for smaller spaces such as lamp shades, cushions or tie backs. Keep larger bold patterns and designs for upholstery, wallpaper, curtains or bedding. This will ensure that these elements do not act to over power or darken the room. Furthermore, if chosen with care these can in fact help to make the room feel larger.
A Bouquet of Colour
Although it can look very effective to include a selection of bright and vibrant colours it is also possible to use more muted, pastel and subtle tones. For example, in a small or dark area such as a hallway or down stairs toilet why not choose delicate trellis wallpaper in an iridescent or slightly glossy tone. This will provide interest and texture without overpowering and darkening the room.
Similarly, it can be equally successful to include just a few floral scatter cushions and then use these as the colour pallet for the rest of the room. Pick the lighter more pastel shades for your walls, carpet and upholstery to maintain the feeling of light and space. Use the darker or bolder shades for lamps, tie backs, frames and rugs to add depth to your design and help sharpen the overall look.
Finally, if the idea of floral wallpapers and fabrics is all too much, why not add the most simple of design accessories: a bunch of fresh flowers. Whether hand picked from your own back garden or professionally created at a florist a bouquet helps bring vitality, energy, colour and the feel of the outdoors in to any room without risking darkening or overpowering the space. Or, why not cheat and purchase some quality fake flowers for a more long term yet easily modifiable addition to your design scheme.