What brews in fashion percolates into décor: This fall, it’s deep, moody, dramatic floral prints.
We know that what brews in fashion percolates into décor. This fall, it’s floral prints loaded with depth and drama.
Anna Sui’s fall 2017 show was replete with deep, moody florals on velvet, silk and chiffon. Recent collections from Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu have also featured them.
Now we’re seeing fall décor echoing the trend.
“These florals don’t hold back,” says designer Sara McArthur. “They’re modern, cool and edgy. They’re romantic and rock ’n’ roll at the same time. Florals, typically a feminine pattern, are transformed into more androgynous looks with the darker palette.”
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Raun Thorp of Los Angeles architectural firm Tichenor and Thorp says, “The most inspirational dark florals were in the (2017 spring/summer) Dries Van Noten runway show. The fabrics in that collection would be a great starting point for a room’s palette.”
Flavor Paper worked with Manhattan floral studio Ovando and New York City’s Skot Yobauje Photography to create a digital-print paper called Elan Vital ($200 a roll) that’s atmospheric and hyper-realistic. Another pattern, Vivid Victorian ($300–$375 a roll, both at flavorpaper.com), transforms a traditional floral print into something wild and dynamic as hotly hued blooms tumble on a sultry black damask background.
“Reminiscent of still-life art from Holland and Germany in the early 1600s, there’s a surge of new still-life floral wallpaper in 2017, echoing the moody baroque vibes of the Old World,” says McArthur.
Cynthia Rowley’s line for temporary-wallpaper firm Tempaper includes a Bird Watching design ($125 a roll at tempaperdesigns.com) that pares down a chinoiserie bird-on-flowering-branch motif to a silhouette of molten gold on an inky background.
Add some drama to windows with The Shade Store’s Roller Shades in the Desert Flower pattern (starting at $187 at theshadestore.com) in one of four saturated hues, including deep orange, blue and black.
A modern version of Liberty of London’s rich Feather Bloom floral print graces a new collection at Anthropologie. The Liberty for Anthropologie Feather Bloom Edlyn Sofa ($2,798 at anthropologie.com) joins an ottoman and swivel chair in the collaboration.
And from Italian décor atelier MIHO Unexpected Things, there’s a whimsical collection of easy-to-assemble little boxes and mountable fiberboard cupboards printed with patchwork florals. Shapes like hardcover books, beetles and fish add to the boxes’
eclectic charm. Use them to stylishly stow keys or makeup — the MIHO Charlie Decorative Bug with Box ($75 at mihounexpectedshop.com) contains a handy mirror for a last-second look as you head out the door.