Whether it be in your own backyard, the runways of New York or designer fabrics; flowers are IN like never before. As people rebound from an overabundance of technology in their lives, they want something joyful and happy to come home to and floral fabrics fit the bill! There’s nothing happier, more vibrant and nostalgic than a dramatic floral print. And we’re not talking about demure Laura Ashley florals of the 1970’s but florals that are larger in scale and patterns that have a more painterly, organic feel, with new colorations incorporating amethyst, chamomile and duck egg. Here are a few tips on how to use floral prints tastefully in your own home:

USE SPARINGLY – Floral patterns can be overpowering so unless you are Mario Buatta, the New York based designer and self-proclaimed “Prince of Chintz,” it is best to mix florals with solids and stripes. Use on one piece of furniture or several throw pillows.

STICK WITH THE CLASSICS – Unless you plan to redecorate every few years, it is best to stick with the classics. Look for florals that are understated and simple and then bring in more graphic and bold accessories to keep things modern and fun.

CONSIDER ASIAN FLORALS – Abstract and non-fussy Asian floral patterns such as cherry blossoms, orchids, and lotus flowers are often found in more contemporary settings. This look can be quite refreshing as part of a less complicated design scheme.

So, as you enjoy Spring and all that it has to offer, take time to smell the roses and consider adding some blooms to your decor. It might just be the fresh, timeless and elegant look you’ve been searching for!

“I must have flowers, always, and always…” -Claude Monet