Dark, oversize florals are flourishing in interior design right now. The botanical prints that dominated the Spring/Summer catwalks have slowly made their way into our homes and as summer slowly slips into autumn and we make ready to harvest the final fanfare of heavy headed chrysanthemum and dahlias from the flowerbeds, floral designs against moody, dark backdrops are set to adorn our walls, sofas and bedding.
Diana Watson wall mural
Inspired by the Dutch Masters
Floral wallpapers have always been an interior design staple, but patterns continue to grow bigger, bolder and braver. Inspired by Dutch Masters of the Golden Age, when floral still life paintings reflected the fashionable interests of the gentleman botanists who collected and propagated exotic plants from far flung places, oversized, naturalistic florals are the subject of maximalist murals, bold bedding and supersized sofas.
Jan van Huysum’s Glass Vase of Flowers with a Poppy and a Finch Nest, 1720
For inspiration, visit The National Gallery and wander along to room 17a to see Dutch still lives in all their botanical splendour. In the meantime, we share our favourite dark florals to keep flowers blooming in your home into autumn and beyond.
Shop the Look – Dark, Oversize Florals
Clockwise from top left: Vase de Fleurs from Jan Davidz de Heem by Murals Wallpaper from £36/m2, ceramics reminiscent of opening roses from a selection by Laura de Benedetti, Delft Noir velvet fabric by Designers Guild £131/m, Ellie Cashman oversized floral wallpapers from £30/m2, Midnight Garden large velvet floor cushion by House of Hackney £165, Stapleton Park rug by Sanderson from £450, Star Bedlinen by Julian Macdonald for Debenhams, accessorised with large faux peonies from Oka £16 and large silk tiebacks from Jones.
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