Carols in the shops? Panic-buying mince pies? Can it really be that time already?
We might not have gone that far but we’re certainly wearing woolly jumpers and thinking about a change in style for the colder season. Florals are everywhere right now, and we didn’t need telling twice. So grab a cup of tea and curl up with our guide to blossoming winter design.
Designers Guild have long been known for their use of flora & fauna. Their new Caprifoglio collection is a painterly chocolate box of frescos, weaves and washes that truly celebrates nature. Panel wallcoverings have become a staple within wallpaper collections over the past year, they allow for large scale patterns to create high-impact, demonstrated perfectly by the Caprifoglio design. Alternatively, go for a fabric, Designers Guild have a richly coloured Sudara fabric in Damson that’s just the ticket for upholstering a sofa to create something eye-catching. In both cases, keep other furnishings in the room simple, picking accent colours from the floral design.
Vintage and retro are an easy way to use petal power. Harlequin have teamed up with renowned designer Orla Kiely to give us some fun, bold wallpaper nostalgia. Keep it modern with Kansai Velvet by Black Edition. A contrast in large scale pattern to Orla Kiely with it's blurring watercolour effect that’s full of movement. The sumptuous texture lends itself to seating – perfect for a statement piece. This years’ favourite mustard yellow and grey are perfect for winter and work well with Scandinavian and mid-century furniture.
Burnt orange is the next big colour trend and Mulberry Home are all over it – we love the rustic indulgence of their Bohemian Tapestry weave. Team with greys for an ideal winter update – dark & striking charcoal or warm & welcoming mushroom. Overkill on florals is a common fear, but use them as powerful accents to bring the rest of the room to life and you won’t overpower it. We recommend Fresco Leaf from Designers Guild as a simple, two-toned pattern to compliment your large scale floral choices.
For a traditional take on large scale, these floral designs have a Victorian inspiration with their overtly ornate purpose. Highly decorative designs such as Designers Guild's Octavia, softened by a muted colour palette and painterly effect creates a subtlety that makes it easy to include in a scheme. In contrast, Nina Campbell captures the dazzling shades of hydrangeas in bloom with her vibrant Floriana fabric from the new Fontibre collection.