When we were kids, my sister and my bedroom featured twin beds crowned with coronas from which flowed a beautiful chintz floral, I believe by Brunschwig & Fils. It was like being a princess! (Our house, which my mom designed, would make Albert Hadley proud!)
But, as I've grown up and my ideas about style have changed (although I still love feeling like a princess), I wondered, "How can an almost antiquated fabric be made to feel fresh?" In this post, I will explore that question by taking a look at both the traditional and more contemporary usage of florals.
In each picture below, imagine if another fabric had been used in place of the floral. That, to me, is the best way to really see the impact that even a small quantity of this fabric can have.
The elegant living room above was designed years ago by Albert Hadley and features a subdued Schumacher chintz. This room shows how timeless traditional design, and floral fabrics, can be.
The photos above and below were taken in a room designed by Suzanne Rheinstein at the Greystone Estate, the site of Veranda's annual showhouse. The floral here, a classic yet neutral linen called "Garden Roses", is part of Hollyhock's (Rheinstein's L.A. store) collection for Lee Jofa. The floral gives the room a warmer feel than might have been achieved with neutral solids alone.
The bedroom above, designed by Susan Zises Green and featured in House Beautiful, takes a more feminine, while still traditional, look at florals. Green goes all-out girly with a heavy dose of pink and scalloped edges on the duvet.