Get the look: folk florals
September 13, 2023
From bold, embroidered blooms to meadow-inspired prints, wholesome folk florals are a celebration of pattern and colour. This joy-filled trend will add a vibrant, positive touch to any room.
Folk floral prints date back centuries and are often interwoven with mythical stories. They’re the perfect way to bring a whimsical feel to your interiors.
1. Hand-embroidered throws
Birdie Fortescue’s gorgeous limited-edition floral Suzani throws are hand-embroidered in Jaipur. Made from 100 % cotton they’ll look great thrown over a sofa or on the end of your bed.
Pictured: Wensum dining chairs, £395 each; Santa Croce tablecloth, from £195; Pentola cotton maché vases, from £25 each; limited edition Suzani throw, from £295; round jute placemats, £12 each; Piastrelle embroidered napkin, £18 each; wooden cutlery set, £160; tableware from a selection, all Birdie Fortescue.
2. Go for bold
For an eye-catching look, match interior woodwork to one colour within a vibrant wallpaper design. Choose a complementary or contrasting shade depending on how much impact you want to achieve.
Pictured: V&A Peacock Topiary wallpaper in Fern Green, £124 per 10m roll, 1838 Wallcoverings. Hyde brass table lamp, £408, David Hunt Lighting. Woodwork painted in Air Force Blue intelligent eggshell, £37 per ltr, Little Greene. Byron console table, £1,150, Galvin Brothers.
3. Nature-inspired wallpaper
For an informal but cohesive look, team a rustic farmhouse dining table with raw steel chairs, set against a backdrop of nature inspired wallpaper in an invigorating hue.
Pictured: Brocade wallpaper, £120 per 10m roll, Farrow & Ball. For similar chairs, try the Tolix A56, £345, Made In Design. For a similar table, try the Teresa solid reclaimed teak design, £1,299, Tikamoon.
4. William Morris classics
King of the folk florals William Morris had a lifelong love of the botanical world. Morris was strongly associated with the British Arts and Crafts movement and played a pivotal role in the revival of British textiles. It’s a joy to have his prints in the home.
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5. Folk floral rugs
A beautifully patterned rug is a wonderful way to bring the folk floral trend into your home. Try the fantastic Hani wool rug from Dunelm, for a relaxed Boho feel.
Pictured: Hani floral wool rug, from £89; Pride & Joy Linford frill cushions, £16 each, all Dunelm. For a similar chair, try the Pudding love seat in Pressed Peonies clever velvet, £1,915, Loaf. For a similar decorative side cabinet, try Oliver Bonas.
6. Pattern play
Opposites attract when the clean lines of Mid-century style furniture are paired with whimsical wallpaper and fabric designs. The key to a successful scheme is to stick to one colour palette to allow the characterful prints and embroidered detailing to shine.
Pictured: William Morris Brophy double duvet cover, £140; matching Oxford pillowcases, £32 each; sham pillowcases, £45 each, and quilted throw, £220, all Bedeck. William Morris Middlemore wallpaper in Chalk Charcoal, £109 per 10m roll, Sanderson. For a similar bed, try the Teramo, £1,420, Ercol. For a similar armchair, try the Liseleje, £109.95, Jysk. For a similar bedside table, try the Chadwick Mid-century, £539, West Elm.
7. Statement folk floral paper
Inject effortless style into a bathroom scheme with a statement floral paper on one half of your wall, teamed with a simple tiling formation and streamlined vanity unit below.
Pictured: Alice Meadow wallpaper, £155 per 10m roll, Victory Colours. For similar tiles, try the Metro Deco Union Square, £59.84 per sqm, Claybrook. For a similar vanity unit, try the Alani 600, £418, Bathroom City. For similar wall lights, try the Long Roddy, £145 each, Pooky. For a similar mirror, try the Anyday thin round metal design, £45, John Lewis & Partners.
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