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Dark Moody Florals

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Just because it’s winter and the days are short and dark doesn’t mean we have to deny ourselves beautiful flowers. In fact, I’d actually say it’s an argument for exactly the opposite. While I always try to have a vase of florals or greenery in the house, it might be nice to embrace darker, moodier blooms and have something more permanent. Read on for ways to include moody florals into your space!

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I love the thought of adding a dark duvet to the bedroom mix for these winter months. These aren’t an old woman’s florals; they’re elegant and chic and thoroughly sexy. This particular duvet is extremely affordable and can be taken off the bed as soon as spring shows her pretty face with the real deal.

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As we all know, wallpaper is a more permanent way to embrace any trend. I love this particular take on florals, with its smaller more detailed blooms rather than the large-scale we’re most used to seeing. The dark background also makes this wallpaper feel daring and modern rather than stuffy and boring.

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Or maybe consider the middle of the road with a tapestry like the one above. Other options down this same path could be an enlarged engineering print of a photo or a framed length of wallpaper. Don’t be afraid to think creatively, even if your idea isn’t something you’ve seen on the pages of a home decor magazine!

My Scandinavian Home

Throw pillows, a blanket, floor rugs; all are ways to incorporate this emerging trend into your own space and your own style.

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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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