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Trend Alert: Soft Summer Florals

As we approach the summer months, now is the perfect time to incorporate some soft and subtle florals into your home. 

These delicate designs work well in a colour palette of soft pastel shades like the duck egg blues and muted greens (as shown below). When shopping for accessories be on the lookout for pretty wildflower motifs, and try to buy objects in varying sizes to create a layered look.  Mixing different floral patterns can help create that meadow feel, yet still give you an overall co-ordinated look.

Take a look at some of my fabulous floral finds…

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Flower Show

Often considered as old-fashioned or chintzy, florals would usually be our last choice when we want to modernise our homes, but that’s set to change as florals are back and are bigger than ever.   

Painterly Florals

Painterly florals have been quite popular over recent months and it’s clear to see why.  These pretty and vibrant prints are a softer way to incorporate florals and work really well with simple modern furniture to add warmth to a minimal look.

 

 

Fresh florals

If you want to create a fresh and elegant look, then a floral style such as this Whitworth fabric could be perfect.  Pastel shades like the Duck egg shade we’ve used on the wall, match the delicate petals within this print perfectly.  

Vintage florals

Vintage florals can be anything between muted and sophisticated to bold and loud, so are a versatile choice when working with a floral scheme.  Delicate vintage florals look chic when paired with a neutral colour palate and French furniture, whereas more brashy styles, are best kept to scatter cushions or can look great when used as a feature in an ornate picture frame such as the ones below.

 

Classic Florals

Some florals when accessorised correctly will never go out of fashion, and this Montartre fabric from the Prestige Collection, is no exception.  This look is lifted by pairing the floral fabric with the bold stripes of our Picasso fabric and co-ordinating scatter cushions.

  

There’s a floral style to suit all tastes, whether that be clean and modern or decorative and traditional, so if you’re thinking of making home improvements and would like any help incorporating floral fabrics or any other styles into your home, then contact Plumbs today and one of our expert Home Consultants will talk you through our huge range of furniture fabrics. 

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The Minimalist Guide to Florals

If you hear florals, you tend to think 'busy'. It conjures up country cottage gardens, bric a brac and cosily cluttered living rooms. Yet, like most patterns it can serve hundreds of purposes. You can incorporate floral patterns into a minimalist home; just remember to consider colour, texture and theme in your interior design. Think monochromatic, muted colours

Minimalist Colours

This chic silver grey is a minimalist dream. The elegant colourway ticks the monochromatic and muted boxes with a co-ordination friendly and subtle flower print that is available in loose covers, re-upholstery and curtains. Shown here paired with plain mustard and grey scatter cushions, which highlight the versatility of a good, subtle floral, you can see that this look has potential in spades.  Other great minimalist colours include:

    • White
    • Champagne
    • Black
    • Duck egg blue

Minimalist Accessories

 

Minimalist interior design isn't about being plain, or turning your home into a sterile white cube. As Leo Babauta, author of the seminal Zen Habits blog remarks, "the key is to remove the unnecessary stuff."

So think about where you can streamline. For example, sell or donate multiple gadgets and digitalise your music and films onto one multi-functional device. If you aren't very tech savvy, you can pay someone to do this for you (or learn – local libraries frequently have free or very cheap computer courses). Purchase dual use storage – such as ottomans and foldaway storage. And in order to incorporate florals, think white; you needn't spend vast amounts of money either.

Minimalist Art

Minimalist art doesn't have to be boxes, or lines, or a dreary emperors-new-clothes style travesty consisting of a scrap of paper stuck to a canvas. Mondrian created some beautiful 'compositions' that reflect the clean lines and orderly processes of the movement, accented by precisely delineated colour sections. Franz Kline, while not a true minimalist, worked in black and white, creating stunningly beautiful, textured abstracts that would grace any minimalist home.

Do you want to embrace minimalism? Then give Plumbs a call today on 0800 019 0505 and embrace a simpler life.

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