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Fashion Translation: Dark Florals

With winter extending wayyy too long and hopeful thoughts of spring on the brain, I wanted to steer this post into a bit of a new direction. Fashion is always such an inspiration for me and I always try to take it beyond the obvious, beyond just my apparel choices. I want to inspire you to take cues from fashion trends (even your everyday staples) and apply them to the home.

If there’s one fashion trend that I hope to never see go away, it’s dark florals. One may argue that they feel ancient and outdated… but I cannot and will not apologize: I simply love this look. Lately, I’ve noticed that the aesthetic of dark florals has shifted. The look is much more painterly, even bordering on watercolor and digitized. While this lends a more modern vibe to the look, I can’t help but also be drawn to vintage florals. Whether shown in smaller scale, calico-type prints or oversized, giant cabbage roses, I love it all.

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When it comes to adding this vibe to the home, it’s pretty darn simple. These rugs are bold and impactful, so it’s best to keep everything else in the room simple and straightforward. Just imagine how modern, yet bohemian, vintage, yet updated your living room would be with a slouchy white linen sofa and an oversized dark floral rug. This inspiration works perfectly for the bedroom as well, although I suggest steering the look to be even more romantic by adding a glass-topped vanity.

Photo Credit: Chanel and Vogue.

Links: (from top to bottom, left to right) Safavieh Lyndhurst rug, Oriental Weavers Kharma rug, Oriental Weavers Knightsbridge rug, Rugs America Capri Orchid rug, and Surya Flor Rug.

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Spring Florals

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Spring has finally sprung! With the world outside bursting with new life, it’s natural to crave a bit of extra color and patterns indoors as well. Floral prints feel especially welcome during this season, cheering up the house even on gray, rainy days. Read on for a few tips on using floral prints in your decor.

Bold and layered: For a bold look, consider layering on the floral prints as in the inspiration image above. Use a floral rug with a large scale pattern, cushions with medium to small scale prints, and a botanical chart or vintage floral still life paintings on the wall.

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Modern pop: A very fresh and current way to use florals is with one major statement piece (like the rug shown here) paired with crisp white walls. Pick up a color from your floral piece and repeat it in a textile in a solid hue, like the raspberry-pink bedding in the room above.

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Gypsy style: Sometimes more is more! Instead of holding back, ramp up the color and pattern by layering on floral sheets, quilts (like this one from Etsy seller Gypsya), cushions, rugs, and more. The key is to stay within the same general palette of colors, and to include some solids and stripes to mix it up.

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Trad with a twist: Love the vintage and antique pieces you have collected, and prefer muted colors? Give your typically traditional look a twist by rolling out a bright, bold floral rug. The saturated hues and cheerful print will stand out (in a good way!) against greige walls and sculptural furnishings. Or try taking one of your favorite upholstered pieces and have it redone in a modern painterly floral.

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Roll out a rug: You might be surprised to find how easily a floral print rug fits into most spaces! Try one in the entry hall, bedroom, or living room. Round shapes can work well in tight spaces, and painterly florals make a lovely choice when most floral prints seem too bold. But a bright, bold print can be just what you need to wake up a plain, neutral space — why not try one in the kitchen?

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) HomelifeMi Casa; Floral coverlet from GypsyaAnthropologie

Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Safavieh Blossom rug in blue and gold | 2. Loloi Juliana rug | 3. Surya Brentwood rug | 4. Dynamic Rugs Infinity Collection in ivory and gray

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