Once upon a time, pretty floral prints were reserved for Grandma’s house, complete with a chintz china tea-set that she saved for Sunday best. Well, the good news this season is they haven’t just been given a jolly good shake up, they’ve been completely transformed for the 21st century. Whether you fancy the rustic appeal of a country cottage or want to make a brave new statement in a contemporary interior, there’s a great range of styles to suit every taste and décor.
If you’re a romantic at heart, then a scheme of rustic florals could be the perfect look for you. Forever in vogue, these quintessentially English prints will evoke comfort and calm as you unwind after a hectic day, so you’ll soon feel as if life really is a bed of roses. A pale palette, delicate flowers and fine detailing create a traditional and cosy approach so you can come home to the country even if you live in the thick of the urban jungle. Powder-blue, antique-gold, rosebud-pink and sunshine-yellow will achieve a soft, charming style to fall in love with.
A key look for 2009 is the emergence of lively prints. They’re set to make a statement for next season, which is perfect for an energising scheme. Try adding some exciting elements to your bedroom via a dramatic feature wall or work the floral theme in subtly in the form of a cushion, soft rug or throw. Browns and copper tones also work well for more abstract prints, forming a cosy, nurturing haven to escape the rat race and relax in.