Decorating Ideas - Floral Décor - Decorating with Florals, Flower Patterns

Floral prints can at first be intimidating when you set out to decorate with them, but if you know a few guidelines they don’t have to be hard to work with.  Like real flowers, floral fabrics all have different patterns and personalities largely determined by the style, size, and colors in them.  Here are a few pointers to consider when planning your floral décor… 

Scale

This affects mood.  For example, a pillow with a large print will look more modern than a pillow with that same pattern in a smaller scale which would have more of a sweet, vintage feel depending on the actual print. 

The crisp floral linen on this sofa definitely makes it more current, especially with the clean lines (no skirt).
The crisp floral linen on this sofa definitely makes it more current, especially with the clean lines (no skirt).

It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Sofa

Okay, to avoid that feeling of a granny sofa, stay away from skirted bottom on any upholstered piece of furniture.  Offsetting the floral print with a rug that has a graphic border, you’ll have more of an eclectic feel than an “old” feel. 

Flowers Can Look Good Anywhere

Even if you have a large oriental area rug, you can put floral pillows on your sofa or chairs; make it work with a common palette.  Just make sure you select at least two colors from your rug and make sure the pillow has a lot of visible background with an open print. 

Mix Floral Prints

Pairing different prints works when you make sure to match the background colors of each piece.  For a cohesive effect, select one large pattern paired with two small patterns that all share the same background color, like white or off-white. 

Can Florals Be Masculine?

Sure!  There are plenty of florals available that are non-girlie.  First off, stay away from small prints in pastel hues which are definitely very feminine.  Steer more towards bright primary colors and bold florals in large patterns which have more of a modern vibe and are more male-friendly. 

Traditional Florals

If you love feminine, muted tones and delicate blooms that have a vintage feel, go for a classic pattern like an elaborate rose pattern with repeats.  Put it on the walls in wallpaper for a more dramatic appearance, or as a simple statement on a bedside lamp shade or a lovely quilt.  Old-fashioned types of patterns can look more current when they are in bold, more saturated colors rather than soft and subtle. 

A traditional floral decorated room can include:

  • Tapestry pillows with thick, textured embroidery on a velvet sofa or chair.
  • A nice linen throw with a delicate embroidered floral touch and silk trim can add a nice touch to a chair or sofa.

Modern Florals

Modern florals are bold, oversized, and full of energy.  Modern florals have a very graphic feeling and also feel fresh.  Repeating a well-loved pattern is okay, but know that it won’t be subtle; it’ll dominate the room – in a good way.  If you like clean lines and neutral furnishings, modern florals are a great match for you if you want to infuse florals into your décor.  Modern florals are crisp, yet fun and give your space warmth and cheer at the same time.

Modern floral touches:

  • A pillow with one large graphic floral set on an all-white bed creates a sophisticated minimalist vibe.
  • A simple lamp shade with a large, bold floral on a solid lamp base is always a nice touch.

 

Whatever way you end up decorating your home, what matters the most is that it is pleasing to you and those who live with you.  If it feels right to you but breaks a rule or two - go for it!  That's why the term "eclectic" exists!

Different floral fabrics work together here because they have a common color palette, making this adorable retro-ish room look cohesive and serene.
Different floral fabrics work together here because they have a common color palette, making this adorable retro-ish room look cohesive and serene.
A contemporary twist in a traditional living room, accomplished with the use of supersized florals on the wall, bright pillows, neutral floors to keep it grounded.
A contemporary twist in a traditional living room, accomplished with the use of supersized florals on the wall, bright pillows, neutral floors to keep it grounded.
These floral pillows, although different colors, go well together because they have the same background color and similar feel.
These floral pillows, although different colors, go well together because they have the same background color and similar feel.
The pillows used on this sofa don't necessary follow the "rules" (except they all have some off-white), but because the rest of the room is very neutral it just works and it looks beautiful and cheery.
The pillows used on this sofa don't necessary follow the "rules" (except they all have some off-white), but because the rest of the room is very neutral it just works and it looks beautiful and cheery.
The bold print on the lampshade ties it into the rest of this room's decor by repeating its colors.
The bold print on the lampshade ties it into the rest of this room's décor by repeating its colors.
The large scale poppies on this pillow definitely give it a more modern feel; it can even be slightly masculine.
The large scale poppies on this pillow definitely give it a more modern feel; it can even be slightly masculine.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your wonderful suggestions.


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relica 6 years ago from California

There are so many ways to incorporate floral patterns into a more modern design. Thanks for all of the great suggestions. Nice Hub.


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast Author

I love big bold florals in a modern décor! Thanks for yoru comment.


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Jenny L 6 years ago

nice floral prints stuffs! I love it!


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast Author

Thanks!

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