Tips on decorating with roses

TEXT AND STYLING TESS PATERSON PHOTOGRAPHS CHRISTOPH HOFFMANN

Splash out with a mix of over-scaled, painterly blooms and give traditional florals a fresh, modern twist

Room to bloom

For a play on country house tradition, a large-scale floral carpet is a great way to inject pattern and colour into a more modern, monochromatic space. Up the ante with clean-lined furniture in white or solid colours.

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Works of art

Thanks to advances in digital printing, we’re seeing beautiful examples of highly detailed, painterly florals. From super-realism to gentle watercolour effects, it’s about a celebration of all things botanical. Bring the outdoors in and add pastel-toned glassware for an instant splash of summer cheer.

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I’ll be in the garden

Give wooden furniture a lift with bold florals in a mix of styles.

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Seating arrangements

Create a fresh summer table with an over-scaled rose print and simple accents in lipstick red.

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Power flower

Contrast fresh florals with a deep charcoal wall for a sophisticated garden room glamour. Simple shapes and neutral tones allow the blooms to speak for themselves.

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Bed of roses

A fresh palette of chartreuse, yellow and lavender gives traditional florals a quirky new twist. Keep it pastelly for bedrooms, or splash out on deeper tones of purple and neon for living areas. Decorator Susan Hughes based this serene bedroom on a Julio Wisteria floral.

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