Forget bright florals, moody botanical prints are in this spring

Updated on April 10 2018

The jury is out, and after scouring through designers’ pages, Pinterest mood boards and Instagram feeds, we’ve identified one of the biggest trends for home interiors this spring: Floral walls.

“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking,” we know you’ve practised your most convincing Miranda Priestly impersonation a hundred times — and you finally have an excuse to use it.

Miranda Priestly’s infamous line in The Devil Wears Prada.

But wait, the trend for spring goes beyond just cheerful, bright florals. In fact, it is quite the contrary. This spring sees florals going darker and bigger. We’ve spotted larger-than-life moody botanical prints or murals everywhere — such as shop window displays, popular Instagram feeds, and chic interiors. Think beautiful Dutch Golden Age paintings or something out of a Lana Del Rey album cover instead of grandma’s cottage walls.

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Personally, we love the ethereal trend, which signifies the transition from summer to spring. Florals are showing up in deep hues on wallpaper, textiles, and even tiles. The prints are lush, romantic and moody — and we can’t get enough of them.

However, moody botanical prints aren’t the only trends emerging this spring. There’s more, and they’ve not been done to death (marble, we’re talking about you). From luxurious gold to fringing, here are the other spring 2018 trends to incorporate into your interiors — so you can finally say goodbye to the usual pretty and bright florals.

(Main and featured images: Ellie Cashman Design

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Lavender

By now you’ve probably heard that Ultra Violet has been declared the official colour of the year for 2018, making appearances on fashion runways, mainstream culture, and even interiors. However, this spring, our mood boards are dominated by lavender — a complex hue said to encourage creativity, yet calm your mind at the same time. Besides, it portrays the elegance of spring without the need for flowers in your home.

How to incorporate into your interiors: While lavender may seem a bit old school, incorporate modern accents, textures and colours (like millennial pink) to make your space feel fresh.

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Gold

Last year saw the metallic trend filter through into paints and metal finishes. This spring, gold is reigning as the tone of the season. We love that it’s softer than silver, yet boasts its own elegance matched with a sense of luxury.

How to incorporate into your interiors: Feature furniture like this cabinet with a stunning brass-clad starburst front from Swoon Editions (pictured) or gold detailing like doorknobs and handles, gold lamp bases, picture frames contrasted against dramatic dark walls for a sophisticated yet understated touch.

(Image credit: Swoon Editions)  
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Moody florals and botanicals

A continuation from last year, the tropical trend is still going strong. However, this year sees it more grown up, with dramatic florals and botanicals painted against dark backgrounds, inspired by the still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age. This will help add a certain depth to your interiors this spring.

How to incorporate into your interiors: Moody floral wallpaper or murals such as those from the Clarke and Clarke Botanica range or Ellie Cashman Design (pictured) complemented by dark painted walls, darker woods, sumptuous fabrics such as velvet, and brass accents can make the dark and dramatic look cosy yet sophisticated.

(Image credit: Ellie Cashman Design

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Artisan textures

Be inspired by your travels to places like Morocco, Mexico, or even Southeast Asia. Not only are artisan furniture pieces trendy now, but they’re eco-friendly, too, especially since most are handcrafted by locals. Mixing textures (such as rattan, wicker and macramé) can instantly create another layer of visual interest in your home, whatever the colour palette.

How to incorporate into your interiors: Invest in furniture made from natural materials, as these textiles usually add more texture to your living space with embellishments, raw edges and appliqué details.

(Image credit: Anthropologie

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Fringing

Here’s an up-and-coming interior design trend that hasn’t yet made its way into the mainstream: Fringing. Interior decor trends seem to always follow in the footsteps of fashion, and fringing and tassels are prevalent in high street fashion collections right now. Fringe is a beautiful accent for contemporary interiors, adding a bit of Art Deco flair while still remaining light and fun.

How to incorporate into your interiors: Fringed cushions and tasselled lighting, such as these everyday accessories featuring layers of blush pink tassel from Oliver Bonas’ Nappa collection.

(Image credit: Oliver Bonas)