Cited by Elle Decor as one of 2016’s most exciting new trends, floral furniture is big right now. Think huge, overblown flowers on vintage-style fabrics – the sort of thing your granny might have worn to a tea dance.
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea (see what we did there?!), but throwing a spot of vintage style into a contemporary home can give it an eclectic feel.
Try pairing floral furniture with plain, neutral decor to avoid full sensory overload! Alternatively, dip your toe into the floral trend on a budget by teaming a plain sofa or armchair with clashing floral cushions in bright colours.
Here are 10 floral seating ideas to get you started.
1. Floralism velvet pouffe, The French Bedroom Company
Sumptuous overblown peonies, flowing tulips and irises, interspersed with small flowers and grasses on this velvet pouffe pay homage to centuries of wonderful Dutch still-life paintings and are bang on trend. Turn your bedroom into a boudoir with this eye catching piece. £270 from The French Bedroom Company.
2. Magnum sofa, Delcor
The dramatic fabric on the Magnum sofa will certainly prove a talking point! The modern upholstery is in contrast to the traditional style of this sofa, which features traditional high arms to stop drafts and create a cosy, ‘cocooned’ feeling. £2,031, available from Delcor.
3. Tivoli armchair in Royal Daisy Pewter fabric, Swoon Editions
Add a little architecture to your living room with the neatly structured Tivoli armchair. A hand-made design, it’s inspired by clean lines and minimal styling. It’s available in a range of fabrics and price points, but we love this Royal Daisy print, part of the Nesfield collection from the Liberty archive. £699 from Swoon Editions.
4. Orange tulips retro cushion, Nadia Taylor
Create a modern, funky living space with this bright retro inspired cushion designed by Nadia Taylor. With the design digitally printed onto 100% cotton satin, this cushion has a complementary design on the reverse and comes complete with a feather pad. £58, available from IN-SPACES.
5. Polly pink rose and taupe floral cushion, Gift Wrapped & Gorgeous
A vintage-style floral pink rose and taupe scatter cushion in Ragged Rose print, this is ideal for mixing and matching with plain cushions in bright, contrasting colours. This cushion, £25 from Gift Wrapped and Gorgeous, would be equally at home in a contemporary living room or traditional decor.
6. Elliott storage footstool, blue fleur de lys fabric
If you’re short on space, then the Elliott footstool is a multi-functional piece of furniture that doubles as a storage unit and occasional seat. With a bold fleur de lys design, it’s available in grey and beige as well. £199, available from MADE.
7. Floral brights linen cushions, Red Lilly
Colourful linen cushions with vibrant floral prints featuring a a choice of a contemporary hazy watercolour or eyecatching foxgloves. The reverse of the cushion is natural linen. Includes a duck down pad. Both cushions cost £27.75 each, available from Red Lilly.
8. Black daisies outdoor cushion, Bean Bag Bazaar
This printed cushion features nineties style, oversized daisies on a black background, with plain black on the reverse. Made in water resistant fabric, this cushion is easy to wipe clean and suitable for outdoor use, so you can take the floral trend to your garden furniture as well. Also available in lime, it costs £14.99 from Bean Bag Bazaar.
9. Bagsie love seat in thatch house fabric, Loaf
Loaf’s version of the classic chesterfield, this little two-seater sofa is handbuilt in England and features oak leg, feather-wrapped foam seats and a solid beech frame. Available in a range of fabrics and sizes, prices start at £1,345 from Loaf.
10. Charlotte cushion cover in pink, Vallila
From leading Finnish brand of contemporary printed fabrics, rugs and home accessories Vallila comes this Charlotte cushion. The design is off centre, lending the cushion a quirky air. Also available in beige, it costs £13.90 for the cover only from Vallila.