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Flowers are blooming in our rooms as our love affair with nature and all things botanical continues to grow.

Whether your taste is for exotic blooms, pretty posies or a scattering of country flowers, they should be blossoming on walls or, at the very least, on accessories.

‘Florals have made a big comeback in interiors as people move away from minimalism,’ says interior designer Joanna Wood (joannawood.co.uk).

‘They are an enduring favourite in decor with their colour and beauty, but to interpret them in a fresh, contemporary way, the use of bright vibrant colour is key– especially bold pinks, aquas, turquoise and bang- on-trend deep, dark blues.

‘A particularly striking way to follow the trend is to let one statement piece, such as a sofa or chair, curtains or perhaps a paper on a feature wall, dazzle.’

Anything can be a catalyst for an interior scheme, and you could be inspired by the glorious displays at the highlight of the gardener’s year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Luckily, there’s no need for green fingers to have home-grown florals – just follow the advice of the experts for fresh-as-a-daisy settings.
Bright and beautiful While a bold shade like red, coupled with a strong floral pattern, isn’t a combination for the faint-hearted, this duo can make a real impact. ‘Tired of the quiet neutralism of the recession, we’re once again waking up to the idea of experimenting with bold colours,’ says Mike Constable, managing director of JAB international furnishings.

‘Big bold prints, inspired by painterly florals and the catwalk, are making their way back into the home. One bold piece can make a room really pop, and then you can neutralise the colours with natural tones.’
Floral tip: Consider the type of flowers in the print design: English roses conjure a traditional, homely feel, which pairs well with white furniture, while bird of paradise blooms and hummingbirds offer a touch of the exotic.
Blooming blues
Blue is the decor colour this year and deep sky, azure, cobalt or navy floral patterns, paired with white, will look crisp and uplifting.

‘Petal-powered prints are very much in demand this year,’ says Kate Tansley, creative director at Multiyork.

‘It reflects our desire to bring the outdoors in, and nature-inspired designs are enormously popular. Florals are classic and there are all sorts of colourways and prints to appeal to everyone, with blue one of the stars of the show this year.’
Floral tip: Cramped rooms require smaller prints on wallpaper, while larger rooms can take bigger scale patterns. 
Pretty in pink 
Formerly confined to girly interiors and children’s rooms, pink is enjoying a renaissance thanks to our confidence in using bolder versions of the shade, rather than simply sugary pastels.

‘The floral trend is great for adding colour and vibrancy to a room, but to avoid this style looking chintzy, choose bold, modern prints in vivid colours, such as candy or hot pink,’ says Claire Hornby, interior stylist at Barker & Stonehouse.
Floral tip: Simplified block colour motifs evoke a retro 60s style, while pale colours have a summery feel. Charcoal grey or monochrome floral prints are modern and subtle.