The return of granny floralsJen Wiss-Carline
Minimalists beware – this year, granny florals have made a comeback in the home, but they’re a far cry from your Nan’s sage green velour couch. The big blowsy blossoms and manic meadow prints that we replaced with whitewash walls and drab neutrals are once again filling our homes with wit and whimsy, according to the interior design experts at Elle Decor. We think this look works best if you choose just a few statement pieces against a simpler backdrop but don’t feel like you have to match the prints – Granny never did!
Below, we’ve put together our favourite picks from some of the world’s best designers and our favourite stores to inspire you.
Above: This sumptuous deep-seated velvet sofa has a traditional style with its turned beech legs and brass castors. Made by British designer House of Hackney and named ‘Midnight Garden’, prices start at £2,995 for the chair. Each item is made to order and bespoke sizes can be catered for.
Above: This beautiful pattern is the feature of designer Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Rose Dust’ rugs which come in a huge range of sizes. Reminiscent of an English garden in bloom, they are the ideal way to bring a touch of granny floral to both traditional and modern interiors. The smallest starts at a pricey £1,362.
Above: This tasty floral headboard by US company My Chic Nest is certainly a statement piece. ”Meela’ comes in lots of colour options but is pictured in ‘Large Green Florals’. Prices start at $875.
Above: This stunning chair from the French Bedroom Company was certainly designed to turn heads. Its curious patchwork design could be something that Granny made herself, and the bright colours are welcoming and homely. This individual piece is sure to be a family heirloom for years to come.
Above: This breathtaking wallpaper is a digitally printed recreation of Designers Guild’s fabulous stencil velvet damask. It has layers and textures designed to recreate the depth and feeling of velvet. More art than wallpaper, this is perfect for feature walls and panels, and will draw the eye – while emptying the pocket at a pricey £395 a roll.
Above: Nothing could capture the mood of Granny’s house more than a jug full of cheery blooms, and this perfect arrangement from John Lewis is the epitome. Featuring pretty Sweetpea, Ranuncula, Lilac and Lavender – all artificial of course – this lovely set of flowers stands in a lace trimmed jug which would look stunning on a real wood sideboard.
Above: An oh-so-pretty cotton lampshade from the Lampshade Company which uses Liberty of London fabrics. The delicate print is a reproduction of a wild flower meadow that was seen in a photo taken at Godolphin House in Cornwall.
Above: This original oil painting is by Italian artist Agostino Veroni and is yours to buy on Etsy for just £1,330.72. The artist lives and works in Tuscany, but roses are quintessentially English enough to fit right in with the granny floral trend.
Above: If the granny florals trend makes you a little nervous (after all, grey is the new magnolia, right?) splashing out on a gorgeous floral cushion is an easy way to embrace the trend without pushing yourself too far out of your comfort zone. This sweet cushion of pink peonies with a pale pink reverse is from the Designers Guild and costs £90.
Uncredited main feature image: Abbeville floral wallpaper by Laura Ashley