Flower Power: From Floral Wallpaper to Chintz

Blooms are back! Not only in the garden at this time of year, but also on walls, cushions, rugs or upholstered furniture.

A perfect example is chintz, a floral textile from 17th century India. At the end of the 1980s, it had fallen so far out of fashion that the word “chintzy” came to mean tasteless and tacky.

But now it’s back, has left behind its connotations of grandmothers and Laura Ashley and is bringing nostalgia and tropical flair into interiors. It’s accompanied by wallpapers whose patterns provide a sense of the jungle or a romantic flower garden. Opulence is an affront on minimalism and a call to decorative audacity.

To make sure you don’t overdo things, it’s best to start small and wallpaper just one wall or put down a floral rug. Floral patterns become the canvas for the rest of our furnishings and blend in magnificently with the subtle designs of recent years, but above all they provide one thing: good cheer.

Flower power: floral prints are the perfect way to cheer up rooms and make a strong statement. ©shutterstock

It doesn’t always have to be flowers. Tropical jungle patterns and leaf tendrils can turn your room into a calming forest clearing. ©shutterstock

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