Trend Watch: Vintage Florals

by on June 24, 2010
Patchwork tiles from the Vintage Collection, from £4 per tile, Welbeck Tiles

Interior decor is flourishing with florals this spring, with vintage-inspired patterns in full bloom.

Vintage-inspired florals have been blossoming over the catwalks and clothes shops for a while now, and it’s no surprise that the seeds have been sown in the world of interiors too. Interior decor is flourishing with florals this spring, with vintage-inspired patterns in full bloom.

In interior design, as in dress, different floral prints are layered together, or teamed with anything from paisley swirls, to spots, stripes and geometric patterns. There’s plenty of scope to garland your home in the floral fashion. Embrace the nostalgic mood with muted colours and cottage-garden blooms, or give faded florals a contemporary twist by adding graphic pattern and vibrant hues.

Cath Kidston’s been sowing the seeds of this trend since the early ’90s, with furnishing fabrics and a whole array of home accessories in distinctive floral prints. Cabbages & Roses has quite literally made its name in this patch, with everything from bed linen to kitchenware in glorious garden blooms. And having been founded by Laura Ashley’s husband, it’s only natural that Elanbach should have a full crop of flowers this season. Try the Seaside and Vintage Floral collections for fabrics and wallpapers.

Constance Multi square cushion, £40, Cabbages & Roses

Another perennial source for prints, Liberty has a new range of cushions made up in its famous floral fabrics. And if you’re going for a combination of vintage florals and contemporary geometric patterns, check out the Pavilion and Darly collections at Designers Guild. But pick of the bunch has to be Welbeck Tiles’ fabulous Vintage Collection. Freshen up your bathroom or kitchen with the vintage Roses or floral Patchwork tiles. Tiles within each range are designed to mixed and matched, to create an eclectic and individual vintage look. I’m going to be picking my favourites to use as coasters.

Vintage florals are thriving on Furnish, with an abundance of designers cultivating the trend. The Contemporary Home has come over all nostalgic with a floral enamelware jug, pressed glass cake stands, and serving dishes featuring wild strawberries and roses. Available at Liberty, John Derian’s Geranium and Lily plates are divine, the faded floral centrepieces encircled by a silvered spider’s web, with the spider herself perched on the rim.

Constance Mono Pink, Cerise Stripe, and Paris Rose square cushions, £40 each, Cabbages & Roses

Also at Liberty, Burleigh’s blue and white earthenware celebrates English country-house style. But if you don’t feel that grown up yet, check out the playful Vintage Tea Party crockery at The Orchard. And you can forget breakages with Ella Doran’s melamine Vintage Plates tray. Retire to your boudoir with Graham & Green’s fabulous brown and blush pink Fifties Floral Print cushions, in sumptuous velvet. But if you thought the vintage floral trend was all about chintzy fabrics and girly colours, think again, with Selina Rose’s Bloom rug at BODIE and FOU. Striking cut outs of roses and foliage garland the edges of the black felt rug.

Spruce up your home and bring it into bloom with vintage florals. There’s room play around with patterns and colourways to get a look that suits your style.

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About Catherine Gregg

Catherine Gregg Catherine is a Features Writer and intern at She graduated with an MA in Design History from the Royal College of Art in 2009 and has a market stall in London selling 20th century pieces for the home.