April Showers bring May flowers…As soon as the calendar flips to April, I start thinking about flowers and gardening and everything green and pretty. And this year Calgary has been having such beautiful weather that things are starting to grow. On my walk in Fishcreek Park today I actually saw buds. Yay – Spring is on the way.
I’m a huge fan of florals. Maybe it’s because we live with so much brown all year that I want everyone to have some flowers in their life. It just brings in that touch of pretty. Here’s a new fabric I came across in the showroom the other day. It’s a Lorent velvet fabric and if you can believe it, the colours are even more outstanding in person. It reminded me of the potted geraniums I had last summer.
I love that florals can be mixed with everything. Sometimes clients wonder if using florals will look too fem – but I say it’s all in the mix. The first picture shows a guest bedroom we designed. Notice how the floral bedding contrasts nicely with the rugged hide stool and the distressed flooring to give it some balance. In the pic below, I paired a modern velvet with a bright plaid and a contemporary floral.
Using floral motifs has always been popular for decor and can be traced back to cave paintings. During the Rococo Style of the 1700s, elegant floral stylizations in soft pretty colours became common in art, wall decor, tapestries and furniture inlays. It was during this time that interior design was brought to the middle classes due to the industrial revolution and an increase in education and trade. People took advantage of the lower costs of wallpapers, rugs and fabrics to showcase their wealth.
The Victorian era, 1837 to 1901, was when homes became full of ornamentation. Florals became the dominant pattern for fabric and wall coverings. William Morris was one of the most influential designers of the day and his patterns are still being sold today at The Original Morris & Co. So you see, well designed floral fabric and wallpaper never really go out of style. Notice how contemporary and beautiful the original Morris design looks in the photo below. If you’re an info junkie like me, see my post on the history of wallpaper here.
Here’s another pairing that’s fresh, contemporary and interesting. Mixing fabrics is my passion and putting together bold combinations allows us to provide our clients with a custom look.
The right fabrics make all the difference. When you hire a designer, they’re not going to the local fabric store to source your fabric. They have access to trade only showrooms that house thousands and thousands of beautiful silks, velvets, cottons and linens.
Here’s a beauty that I just saw at the showroom from JF Fabrics new Wedgwood Collection, which just debuted in North America, April 1, 2016. They’ve mixed and matched traditional Wedgwood patterns to create contemporary looks that will stand the test of time. Notice the embroidery detailing on this fabric. There’s nothing ‘old-fashioned’ about this pattern, and I believe it’s a pattern that would be loved for many many years.
The chair below is done with a new printed velvet from the same collection. It fits right in with the dark blue and brass that we’re seeing so much of. I love the new peacock pattern and it comes in both fabric and wallpaper. While not technically a floral, I love how it’s a classic design with a sense of humour.
It’s well known that flowers make people happy. Studies have shown that having flowers around creates a positive effect on mood. I’m all for anything that makes a household happier. So along with fresh flowers, throw in some floral accents with fabrics and wall coverings.
Even a single toss cushion in a floral pattern can bring a smile. If you’re looking to update your fabrics this season, get in touch. We’d be happy to show you the latest collections.
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Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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