Flowers and floral design are abloom in 2020 decor

  • This photo provided by Hygge & West shows Bloom Wallpaper in Bluebell. In lighting fixtures, wallpapers, bedding and wall art, floral design is having a big year in 2020. There's also a renewed interest in flower arranging and floral-inspired table settings. (Hygge & West via AP)

  • Storyline Wallpaper in white. In lighting fixtures, wallpapers, bedding and wall art, floral design is having a big year in 2020. Hygge & West via AP

  • This photo provided by Hudson Valley Lighting Group shows the Alyssa Chandelier by Mitzi. In lighting fixtures, wallpapers, bedding and wall art, floral design is having a big year in 2020. There's also a renewed interest in flower arranging and floral-inspired table settings. (Fred Moser/Kelly Golightly/Mitzi via AP) Fred Moser

  • This photo shows the cover of the book "Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style" by Christin Geall. In lighting fixtures, wallpapers, bedding and wall art, floral design is having a big year in 2020. There's also a renewed interest in flower arranging and floral-inspired table settings. (Princeton Architectural Press via AP)

  • This photo shows a floral display featured in the book "Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style" by Christin Geall. In lighting fixtures, wallpapers, bedding and wall art, floral design is having a big year in 2020. There's also a renewed interest in flower arranging and floral-inspired table settings. (Christin Geall/Princeton Architectural Press via AP)

  • Painterly field study and landscape prints are part of this spring's softer approach to home décor. Ballard Designs via AP

Associated Press
Published: 4/14/2020 3:08:40 PM

In lighting fixtures, wallpapers, bedding and wall art, flowers are coming up all over in 2020. Along with floral design in furnishings, there’s also renewed interest in actual flowers: floral arranging and floral-inspired table settings.

“Flowers have always made people feel happy. They can be feminine but they can also be used in a maximalist style,’’ says Christin Geall, author of the new Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style (Princeton Architectural Press). “As we move away from beige interiors, flowers are a great way to liven things up.”

Aimee Lagos, co-founder of Hygge & West, which sells a range of wallpapers and home goods, concurs: “Floral decor is having a major moment in 2020, especially wallpaper.”

Floral patterns bring a touch of nature and an organic element into a room, she says, noting the popularity this spring of bold, large-scale floral murals.

“While floral patterns are nothing new, we’re seeing modernized versions that appeal to people who in the past may have shied away from florals as being too fussy or old-fashioned,” Lagos says.

At Hudson Valley Lighting, floral offerings include chandeliers with bouquets of crystal flowers, a wall fixture with lights surrounded by delicate petal shapes, and a variety of ceiling lamps and sconces reminiscent of leaves, buds and blossoming flowers. Ben Marshall, Hudson Valley Lighting Group’s creative director, says florals create “a lively energy in the home which is both beautiful and powerful.’’

“Florals are about nature, but they’re also about culture, and bringing plants and plant imagery into the domestic sphere,” says Geall.

In her book, she offers practical advice on flower arranging, as well as floral style.

“Somewhere along the line, floral design got divorced from the idea of home gardening,’’ says Geall. “My focus is on the basics. And understanding the principles will help you adapt to what’s around you.” Foraged branches, twigs, invasive species, and even fruits and vegetables can be made into stunning arrangements, she says. Some of the arrangements featured in her book include tiny yellow tomatoes mixed with flowers. Grapes and berries are also fair game.

“Just because it’s edible doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful,” she says.

In their new Gathering: Setting the Natural Table (Rizzoli International Publications), authors Kristen Caissie and Jessica Hundley explore ways to marry flowers and handmade objects into table designs. Photographed by Gemma and Andrew Ingalls, the table settings include ceramics with floral patterns, colors and designs inspired by nature, and natural-looking floral arrangements.

“When life gets overwhelming, I try to find my way back to my original love of flowers,” says Caissie, a floral designer at Moon Canyon, in Los Angeles.




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