#BrintonsLoves Whimsical Botanicals
Injections of colour and fun into interiors are always welcome. This theme takes large patterns and tropical styling with a touch of Art Deco to give a playful edge to homes.
Image: BRINTONS: Bell Twist Moleskin, Timorous Beasties Noir Ruskin Butterfly, Bell Twist Celtic Green OTHER: Newmor iKat Pinstripe, Designers Guild Emerald, Designers Guild Fuschia, Sweetpea and Willow Fuschia, Arlo and Jacob Rancher Saddle, Halo Riders Leather Nut, Props - Designers own
Our Head of Creative Design - Emma Cassidy says; “The trend towards the unexpected; bringing the outdoors in, is gaining momentum this season, jungle fever with an urban twist. We love the attention seeking whimsical colour, ‘Nancy’s Blushes’ by Farrow and Ball, it’s sophisticated and charming”.
Inspiration includes the work of Josef Frank (on show until 7th May at the Fashion and Textile museum ) and Georgia O’Keefe. There is an element of eccentricity and magic within this trend and lots of wallpaper and textiles are using jungle themes, florals and inspiration from antiques. This style loves animal references too so expect to see insects, flamingos, monkeys and one of our favourites…butterflies; which are often thought to symbolise change or hope and offer guidance. In terms of accessories within this theme, ribbons, bright coloured feathers, fringing, and jewels all add to the overall effect. Soft furnishings can use velvets or leather touches and hanging fabrics or floaty materials are also welcome.
Pantone explain their colour of the year “Greenery” as: “Nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.”. Other colour influences include jewel-inspired tones with sumptuous pinks, purples and blues but these can be toned down with antique or sepia tones if you don’t want anything too psychedelic! Stripes can also be used within this theme to contemporise the style as we’ve seen here with Newmor’s iKat pinstripe.
Our Timorous Beasties collection illustrates how carpets can make a dramatic statement within this theme. If you’re not brave enough to try one of the Ruskin Butterfly designs then perhaps one of the Atholl Gardens, featuring romantic scrolls, leaves and birds could help you introduce this scheme to your home.