From dramatic, moody prints, to fresh, large-scale blooms, botanicals are making a big impression – a few simple updates are all it takes to embrace the trend.
Credits (left to right): House of Hackney Limerence Daley lampshade; Cole & Son wallpaper
‘Bold’ is the buzzword in interiors right now and nothing is bolder than a judiciously placed botanical, whether it’s an extravagantly upholstered footstool, a daring jungle print lampshade or a striking palm-laden wallpaper. Recently, dainty designs have been replaced by stronger, tropical-inspired motifs, which add drama and depth to a room. It’s not a look for the faint- hearted, but if you mix in plenty of plains, botanicals are surprisingly easy to live with. ‘Choose muted, pastel shades as a base tone and layer various bold patterns to create a real statement,’ advises Jenny Hurren of Out There Interiors (www.outthereinteriors.com). ‘Use cushions and throws in a mix of green shades and add a touch of luxury with metallic tones to complete the look.’
Credits (left to right): Cole & Son Versailles Grand fabric; Out There Interiors
Contrast is key, so if you are opting for a botanical-inspired wall, pair it with a sofa in a plain but rich fabric such as a tactile velvet, or conversely, combine busy sofas and chairs with simply finished walls. A sleek silhouette keeps things modern, so team a heavily patterned lampshade with a no-frills metal base for a result that is less granny, more glamorous. Retro styles are back in vogue and for the best options, look to Cole and Son (www.cole-and-son.com) for a reinvention of the classics. We love its Palm Jungle wallpaper, £82 per roll, available in several colourways and great for hallways and cloakrooms. Traditionalists will love its Versailles Grand fabric, £95 per metre, perfect for adding a botanical twist to an upholstered bench or armchair.
For a contemporary note, House of Hackney’s Palmeral Print is a modern classic (www.houseofhackney.com). The range incorporates wallpaper, fabrics, cushions, lampshades and even towels – perfect for adding a chic twist to a garden lounger.
Credits: Cox & Cox prints and rug; Graham & Green plant stands
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The easiest way to introduce the look is via accessories. Botanic art hits the right note, especially against a wall painted in this season’s forest green or midnight blue. Cox & Cox’s (www.coxandcox.co.uk) Three Framed Botanical Prints, £250, provide an instant injection of nature. For a gentle nod to the trend, also try its softly faded hand tufted Botanical Rug, £950. Graham & Green’s (www.grahamandgreen.co.uk) Metal Tub Plant Stands, from £45, allow you to add real botanicals inside and out. A jungle print lampshade with a ceramic base is a sure-fire way to inject a talking point – we love House of Hackney’s Limerence Daley lampshade, £130, while Rosanna Lonsdale (www.rosannalonsdale.com) has inverted the trend with a Palm Beach decorative lamp base, £495. To add a tropical note to a sofa or armchair, you can’t go wrong with the Palmer Print Leaves Cushion, £75, by Out There Interiors.
Credits (left to right): Rosanna Lonsdale lamp; Notonthehighstreet.com bunting
Finally, for a summer hit that works just as well outside as in, dress your table with Zara Home’s elegant Jungle Digital Print tablecloth, from £49, (www.zara.com) or festoon walls and branches with Not on the High Street’s Botanical Bunting, £15 (www.notonthehighstreet.com).
Article written by Emma J Page