Freshen up dull rooms with a floral makeover

Summer’s weather may not be going according to plan with only occasional bursts of sunshine, but there’s no need to put up with dull, drab rooms.

Summer’s weather may not be going according to plan with only occasional bursts of sunshine, but there’s no need to put up with dull, drab rooms.

The recent Bloom Festival in Dublin helped remind everyone of the transformative powers of flowers - and a pretty bouquet could breathe new life into your home too.

Refreshing decor with floral patterns on wallpaper, fabrics or even a group of objects decorated with splashy blooms or delicate buds will ensure a perfect seasonal makeover.

“Flowers, especially roses, are a big theme this season and can be used to adorn just about anything,” says Caroline Hodgson, buying manager at Barker and Stonehouse.

“From tiny rose prints on cushions, curtains and bedding to large roses in full bloom painted on headboards, they look gorgeous on a variety of interiors and furnishings.”

Florals pair particularly well with a pastel palette of soft, ice-cream shades, says Selina Lake, author of Pretty Pastel Style. “For as long as we’ve been enjoying flowers in our homes, we’ve also been stitching, printing and weaving them onto fabric,” she points out.

“These artificial blooms come in every size and style, so it’s easy to find a print that works with your pretty pastel room. “Roses are a favourite motif, but a little shopping around will reveal textiles adorned with a huge range of blooms - everything from poppies to water lilies.”

Follow the experts guide to grow-your-own floral style.

Delicate blooms

Follow your taste when creating a floral setting. Boastful bouquets or hot tropical blooms have their place but if you’re someone who prefers a country garden look there’s plenty to inspire.

Delicate florals make the perfect accompaniment to a white scheme, they can punctuate with bright splashes of colour and create subtle pockets of interest without destroying a tranquil feel.

Flower power

Big blooms in vibrant colours boast a confidence in decor design and work brilliantly in contemporary settings. Be careful not to get carried away so that the sheer vibrancy and pattern make a statement rather than dominate, and then sit back and wait for the flowery compliments.

Vase vanity

It’s the sheer inventiveness of Vic Brotherson’s fresh flower arrangements which impress just as much as their beauty. The florist and author of the inspiring Vintage Flowers constantly thinks outside the vase, proving that any container dressed with the right blooms can look stunning.

“My advice is to have as many water-holding vessels and containers as possible,” she says. “Feel free to experiment with cornflowers in enamel jugs, dahlias in marmalade pots, or hydrangeas in pickling jars, and generous bouquets in milk churns.

“It breaks my heart to see amazing bunches of flowers perched half-heartedly in glass cylinders. It’s fun to push the boundaries of traditional flower arranging and to work your own magic with flowers.

“Make rosy and random arrangements that will dance joyfully in a medley of multi-coloured jugs, buckets and bottles.”

TIP: Feminine full-headed blooms and gentle ice-cream colours seem to be at their best in the spring and throughout the summer. Frothy lime green or subtle grey foliage will provide a lovely background and set off the roundness of peonies, hydrangeas and roses.