#TrendsdayWednesday: Retro florals

August 17, 2016

With our sweet peas in full bloom it only seems right to talk about this year’s trend for bold florals. Not your wishy washy watercolour inspired prints, embrace seventies style blooms that make a statement.

Not a wallflower, this trend is bright and retro. Think kitsch prints and vintage style, retro florals are a great way to add a pop of colour and personality to any room.

A strategically placed cushion or a set of stylish storage jars, a little nod to this trend goes a long way. Going the whole hog could be a little much, with several prints erring towards a clashing rather than a cohesive scheme.

Here are a few retailers embracing this trend…

Retro florals

Orla Kiely Kitchen Storage Caddy, Set of 3 | Retro Geometric Floral Cushion | Unikko Duvet Cover

You could even go as far to say that certain properties are more suited to this trend than others. A cottage like ours could easily become stuck in the past, and become a little more pensioner than perfection. In complete contrast, a chic minimalist apartment could easily be accessorised with this trend, making something stark look a little more homely.

A designer I’ve talked about before, Orla Kiely has to be the queen of bold prints reminiscent of years gone by. Retro while maintaining a modern edge, I’d happily dedicate an entire home to her designs. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t agree, describing her prints as horrible ‘harking back to the 50’s that is best kept there’ chintz…..

My husband’s silly remarks aside, this trend is going nowhere. Perfect for summer, such bold statement accessories are a cheap way to seasonal elements that you can switch around once the winter months approach.

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