There was a time when floral prints dipped out of fashion. Perhaps it was because many of us think of faded old flower prints on a tablecloth in our grandparents’ house. Whatever the reason, however, there has been a clear movement back towards florals in recent years as homeowners have become bolder about their choice of colour and pattern once more.
While the clean, muted look of contemporary minimalist homes have had a good run, many of us are now keen to get back to vibrant colours and less uniform designs. Turning to nature and bringing in florals is an obvious way to do this.
When used in the right way, florals have the power to bring colour, fun, interest and whimsy into interior design. Here’s a quick look back at how our love for florals has blossomed over the years.
The 50s: Floral Finesse
As we’ve already mentioned, floral patterns have been used in interior design since the 1950s – and much of the stigma attached to them can be attributed to parents and grandparents who continued to persevere with 50s style long after trends had moved on.
In the 1950s, floral drapery and upholstery really came into fashion in a big way, making use of Early American style. Statement sofas were commonplace, usually sporting a skirted silhouette and a floral print – think intertwining stalks and cabbage roses.
For those who loved this era, you will be glad to know that statement sofas have made a welcome return in recent times, like this one sporting fabrics by Harlequin.
The 60s: Flower Power
The prim and proper florals of the 50s quickly took a backseat once the era of free love and peace started finding its stride in the 1960s. Instead, large scale, more liberated florals could be found across furniture and walls.
By the time the 1970s came around, floral prints had really started finding their groovy groove. Prints became bigger and older, with saturated colours like mustard, orange and avocado being used on furniture alongside browns, greens and shaggy rugs. The stylised flowers of the 70s has long been attributed to the 60s Pop Art movement.
The 80s: Frills and Femininity
After the carefree nature of the 70s, things started to become more traditional once again in the 1980s. Floral bedding, drapery and intricate wallpapers became commonplace in homes around the country. Thanks largely to the recent revival in 80s style, there are many designs available today that are influenced by this particular style, as shown below with this wallpaper example from Colefax.
The 90s: Silk Sophistication
The 1990s were less about floral prints and more about flowers themselves, or at least an imitation of them. Artificial silk bouquets became a go-to décor option for many homes during this period, as they were marketed as a low-maintenance alternative to houseplants.
The 2000s: Mix and Match
As the new millennium began, floral print trends began to look like a mix of all the decades past — a fact which still feels relevant today. Traditional frills were updated without losing their classic charm, while bolder prints began to rise in popularity again.
The 2010s: Two Extremes
In modern times, floral prints still fall into many styles and niches. On one hand you have dark photorealistic florals providing mood and ambience, while on the other you have bright abstract prints bringing freshness and fun. Whichever camp you fall into, there are many great fabrics and designs out there to choose from, which allow you to achieve a high-end look in your home.
Whatever the next trend in floral prints is, one thing is perfectly clear: florals aren’t going anywhere. Whether you’re a fan of florals or prefer something completely different, Vanilla Interiors has a huge selection of fabrics, patterns and soft furnishings to bring personality and glamour into your home. Get in touch today by clicking here, and discover more about our bespoke interiors.
Click on the different category headings to find out more. You can also change some of your preferences. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer.
Essential Website Cookies
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features.
We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. You can check these in your browser security settings.
Google Analytics Cookies
These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience.
If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here:
Other external services
We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.
Google Webfont Settings:
Google Map Settings:
Google reCaptcha Settings:
Vimeo and Youtube video embeds:
The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: