The revival of floral linen prints

Posted by on Feb 6, 2011 in Curtains | No Comments

“Floral revival” screams this month’s Country Homes and Interiors with a feature championing block print linens. The cynic in you might question just how effectively each season’s trends permeate down into the homes of middle England.

But make no mistake about this one. Florals are very much “in” this year. You only had to walk around Chelsea Harbour or Decorex late last year to see it coming, and cutting edge fabric designers like Kate Forman (see below) have timed their fabric collections to perfection, to take advantage of the floral revival.

square frilled cushions, floral linen curtains, kate forman fabric
Floral Linens are back this year – for that quintessential vintage, country classic look

So many trends are championed in the Press and down the catwalks but don’t pass the “would you want that fabric in your own home” test. Bespoke curtains, roman blinds and other soft furnishings are a serious investment and the last thing you want is for this year’s hot pattern to be out of date in two years’ time.

But we think floral prints are here to stay, and here’s why. Their timeless, vintage appeal equips them to effortlessly stand the test of time as the vagaries of each season’s trends wax and wane around them.

From Burford to St John’s Wood – the quintessential country classic look, they also bring a touch of whimsical elegance and sophistication to Cotswolds rectories and City town houses alike – because they’re classically Victorian which makes them work beautifully in period properties wherever they’re located. And did we say they come in a selection of gorgeous, soft linens and linen unions. Need we go on?

Combine floral printed curtains with striped cushions and/or wallpaper for a wonderfully elegant look.

Moghul roman blinds and curtains in Kate Forman Roses linen union
Roman blinds and Curtains by Moghul in Kate Forman linen union Roses fabric