From Wild to Mild, Here's How to Keep Botanicals FreshThe Expert Team
Even with fall officially here, we’re still very much in a floral state of mind. Whether you’re after an airy subtle accent or are maxing out with a grand gesture a la Marie Antoinette, successfully deployed botanicals bring the outside in and add life to your space. Naturally, there are so many ways in with florals, from the supersaturated patterns to subdued sun-faded palette—the options are endless.
We asked our Experts to share how they’re incorporating blooms into their projects that feel fresh and timeless—plus what they're buying.
Layer florals and wovens to mimic the textures in nature.
"It’s easy to add floral motifs with pillows and accessories. I'm not one for oversized large-scale prints, but when balanced with a more modest scale, botanicals can add a lovely layer to your upholstery. I tend to pair them with textural wovens with more than one yarn color. The depth of woven fabrics effortlessly grounds more detailed florals."
Embroidery is an organic way to embrace a floral print.
"I love an embroidered floral print on linen, especially if you don’t want the pattern to read as too bold, it’s a simple and whimsical way to add color. I’m really loving vintage suzanis with floral motifs—I use them on blankets, pillows, ottomans."
Use solids as a backdrop to let the florals take center stage.
"I pair them with solid textures that allow them to shine. Florals provide freshness when used with either pale colors, jewel tones and polished wood."
"I love to pair an all-over pattern with color matching cabinetry. Take a color from the fabric or wallcovering and paint the cabinetry in that color. I love incorporating botanicals in the butlers pantry and kitchen."
— Cara Fox
Go For Grand
Mix & Match for an eclectic, lived in feel.
"One way is to go all in with florals and vary the style of floral prints, the colors and add floral on top of floral on top of floral. "
Pick a print and really commit.
"To give them that unexpected pop, I use them in an over abundance in one space. It looks custom, well thought out and intentional."
— Cara Fox
"Go all in with one print, in a Marie Antoinette approach and incorporate it everywhere: the walls, curtains, bedding, etc."