Taking inspiration from South America, the Orient and the British Museum, botanical prints in every form are gracing stylish homes in 2016.
Whether looking to recreate the intensity of the Amazon jungle or just add a hint of greenery to a relaxing minimal scheme, this year’s botanicals trend spans the best that nature has to offer.
Capture jungle heat with the bold and tropical structures of palm leaves and fern fronds. This design encapsulates another of this year’s major trends, 1970s disco glamour. Use it on one wall as a focus or in fabric form to cover a low, long lined sofa for a little louche luxury. Jute or linens in window coverings or wallpaper will add texture whilst keeping the mood refined.
Mix it up with rattan and dark woods in furniture and finishes that keep it natural but still feel a long way from an English country cottage. Alternatively, take on the energy of urban environments such as Rio and San Paolo by adding in an edginess of concrete and plastic. Up-cycled plant stands from plastic and aluminium crates and tins can add cool wit without taking themselves too seriously.
If bold florals can seem too overpowering, adding geometric prints in hot colours such as orange and yellow can break up the effect. Try them in fabrics on blinds (vertical or horizontal blinds will also work to add linear structure) blankets or cushions. If you embraced the more rustic Ikat trend from the last year or two, these designs are great to blend whilst keeping the feeling tropical.
The colours you choose to pair with hot botanicals will completely transform the effect. Painting wooden chairs in hot pinks or yellows or adding in a contrasting turquoise for a visual pop will maximise the heat in the scheme. Black can slow things down for a more adult feel, such as a lacquered gloss coffee table, whilst teal blue and velvety green hues make for a more integrated classical look.
Classical prints from the Victorian era of botany also make beautiful focal points if you want to try the trend but not commit to a whole transformation. Try oversize black frames to lend some gravitas to the images on a plain hued wall.
Dark or white painted wood floorboards create a plantation feel. Add in slow ceiling fans, wooden shutters and generous house plants; big fronds and ferns are a natural pairing. Just avoid blousy blooms that will make the scheme seem overdone; dark green oversize leaves for house plants and indoor trees are best for this look.
For ideas on window treatments to compliment this hot botanical scheme, see our range of wooden shutters.