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April showers bring May flowers

The saying is that April showers bring May flowers. Well if the florals look anything like my grandma’s 1950’s wallpaper, you can keep them! Floral patterns, floral décor, all things floral is usually something that people either hate or love. I have to admit, I have historically not been a floral lover. Florals have grown on me slightly over the years. The only case I can make for florals is that it has to be done right! We aren’t going to focus on all the ways that we have seen it done poorly…you have all more than likely witnessed that! We are going to give you some tips on how to use it in a way where you walk away feeling good about it.

Scale – Scale matters! Most of the florals used in undesirable ways tend to be a smaller scale pattern. When you introduce florals on a larger scale you put a more modern or transitional spin on it. The pattern also doesn’t need to be florals everywhere. A beautiful aspect of florals patterns is the addition of visual white space where needed. The visual break gives increased attention to the highlights of the pattern.

Color – Color selection of your florals are key! Too much color variety in one pattern can be blaring if it is fighting with other elements in the space. Let the color story of the pattern be the bold feature in the space.

Texture – Florals add a beautiful texture to a space. If used in a monochromatic or achromatic way. They can look simplistically beautiful.

Variety – Within your floral pattern, variety in the floral size and type can add to visual interest in the pattern. Some of the older floral patterns that we dread lacked variety that make newer floral patterns flourish!

If you are interested in some help in using florals in your spaces, take a look at our Look of the Month for May! Add the shopping list to your cart here.

This month we are going to explore how to tackle florals. Check out our IG LIVE videos every Wednesday at 6PM EST for practical tips for the week. We will also be showing some design tips we discussed above on Instagram and Facebook.


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