Pattern Play: Florals
Just when you thought it was time to tuck your easy-breezy floral blouses away for the winter and swap out your sheer floral window panels for some cozy velvet ones, this seemingly summer pattern went and pulled a fast one on us. Today we’re talking all about the floral trend, people, and how it has more flexibility and longevity than you might think.
It’s me, Carla, by the way. And for those keeping track (ALL OF YOU, RIGHT?), I’ve been guest posting about fashion-turned-home trends over the past couple of months. While we’ve been diving deep into color trends for the last few posts, we’re switching it up today with a round-up of punchy, petal-filled patterns for your wardrobe and home – mostly because Emily is unabashedly, annoyingly in love with flowers and all things floral.
If you’re like me, my pretty, feminine floral tops and dresses usually get packed away this time of year in favor for boring wool sweaters and camp socks. But as you can see from these fancy broads below, there’s a way to work florals into your fall wardrobe quite nicely. Bonus points to the chica below in the upper right corner for tucking her hair into her turtleneck, BTW.
And here’s some more floral fall fashion goodness – pairing Adidas sneakers with a long floral frock seems to be a theme, eh?
If you’re doubtful that florals can have a place in your home year-round AND be incorporated in a gender-neutral way, keep calm and read on.
Boom. This space nails it. The floral sheer panels are balanced with more masculine pieces like the lamp, table and chairs. The unexpected kitty-cat artwork and vibrant rug keep your eyeballs bouncing around the room vs. fixating just on the florals.
Here’s a totally different approach. This sweet, colorful wallpaper is balanced with the abundant white walls, windows and natural light. The solid white table and red hutch provide nice visual breaks which is important in a kitchen/dining space. Kitchens tend to be cluttered with dishes, mail, dog bowls, etc and sometimes it’s best to keep any patterns tucked away in the background like this.
Conversely, this space does anything but try to minimize pattern. Isn’t it something? Who woulda thought such a bold floral with a busy, graphic floor would look so awesome?
For those who know me, I am a SUCKER for blue and white. This wallpaper is to die for! The brass sconces and greek key pillows help balance out the feminine florals.
I am also a sucker for spaces that don’t feel intentionally “decorated” and coordinated but rather just look like someone with amazing taste and personality inhabit the joint. There’s something so comforting and authentic about a room like this one. It looks totally lived-in and while none of these pieces would SEEM to work together, they just do.
Here’s another one of those eclectic spaces that could be a hot mess but somehow isn’t. If floral patterns scare you (or your male companion), try some flowery artwork instead. And if the aforementioned male companion STILL isn’t buying it, hide the art on the floor tucked behind another piece of art like this person did. And then add a crazy blue floral chair.
HOW AMAZING IS THIS SOFA!? Oh man, I love it so much. The sheer size and boldness packs as much punch as wallpaper. Since finding this image, I can’t stop thinking about having our living room sofa re-covered in something super unexpected like this. Our dogs have totally trashed our light blue velvet sofa and I suspect something with more pattern would hide all of the weird stains that come with having two 70lb oafs.
I surprisingly came across quite a few bathrooms that incorporate a little floral action. I love that everything else in this bathroom is simple and white so the wallpaper and vanity really pop.
This sun-drenched space is the perfect fit for such a happy, organic print.
Is this a thing? Painted tile? I’ve never seen it before but I love it.
Winding down, let’s move into the bedroom. Here’s proof that you can incorporate florals in a way that makes for a calming backdrop. The pitched ceiling and rickety floors make this room feel so quaint and cozy.
This looks like a space Emily would design, eh? Oh wait, she did. I love that this room is so unabashedly feminine but in a tasteful way. Check out the full reveal here.
So who’s with me? Are you ready to give florals a chance in your home and fall wardrobe? If so, here’s a round-up of my favorite flowery things!
1. Floral Lamp Shade | 2. Floral Bowl | 3. Floral Tray | 4. Kate Spade Handbag | 5. High Waisted Trousers | 6. Oversized Clip On Earrings | 7. Denim Skirt | 8. Maxi Dress | 9. Hi-top Sneakers | 10. Headboard | 11. Floral Vase | 12. Blue Plate | 13. Floral Throw Pillow | 14. Armchair | 15. Watercolor Print
*Authored by Carla. Carla Fahden is a Creative Director at a creative agency in Minneapolis with a focus on fashion art direction. Off the clock she devotes her time to writing her blog, designing wedding stationery and watching her Felicity box set.