If reading this headline immediately triggers a particular quote from The Devil Wears Prada in your mind, then we’re one in the same. But hear us out: floral print has been granted a much-needed modern makeover and it feels particularly fresh this year.
Gone are the days of stuffy floral wallpaper that you’d only find in your grandmother’s house or a dated country club — you can now shop abstract water color florals, unique mod florals, floral accents like lamp shades and ceramics, and more. While sure, the floral print statement chair or sofa is still around (and we honestly love that take, too), there are so many fresh ways to add the look to your home that feel so far from stuffy.
Ahead, Havenly designers share the creative ways they’re embracing floral print this season, from furniture to wallpaper and beyond.
1. Water Color Florals
For a more subtle take on the floral print trend, consider water color florals. This abstract take on the floral print lends a more subdued, understated touch of floral to your space. We particularly love water color floral accents like throw pillows and artwork.
2. Two-Tone Florals
For another reserved take on the floral print look, consider two-tone florals, like this gorgeous accent chair from Anthropologie. When mixing a floral print with a contrasting solid, be it a chair cushion, lamp shade, or a plate border, the look feels a touch more modern and versatile.
3. Velvet Florals
If your style leans traditional or a touch dramatic, lean into a velvet floral print. Printed or cut-out velvet fabrics (particularly in rich tones like olive green, teal, purple, and rose) make for the perfect bold accent, like the above rounded pouf.
4. Floor Florals
Go all-in on the floral print trend with a patterned area rug, like the above beauty from Rifle Paper Co. and Loloi. When coupled with solid furniture and a generally neutral color scheme, floor florals offer a great dose of pattern without overwhelming the space.
6. Chinoiserie Florals
Chinoiserie prints have been around for ages, but the new large-scale take feels particularly fresh and trendy. We’re seeing this print being used on larger pieces of furniture, like sofas, beds, and accent chairs, rather than the traditional lamp or dinnerware.
7. Mod Florals
If you’re looking for non-traditional floral prints that lean more Mad Men than Bridgerton, you’ll love the mod floral trend. These prints feel retro and funky in the best way, particularly when donning classic mid-century furniture (like the above bench). Lean into neutral mod prints instead of classic MCM lime, rust, or brown for an unexpected twist.
8. Floral Ceramics
Paisley-style ceramics are officially making a comeback, and we love the traditional flair they lend to any home. Lean into floral accents like vases, table lamps, dinnerware, centerpiece bowls, and the like for a muted floral touch.
10. Floral Furniture
Obviously floral furniture isn’t for the faint of heart, but there are countless chic, modern takes on the trend that we simply can’t ignore. Let a statement couch or accent chair duo take center-stage in a formal sitting room, and opt for a large-scale pattern and soft hue like sage green or dusty blue.
11. Neutral Florals
Inherently loud floral prints can easily be toned-down with a neutral color palette. This black and cream floral upholstered bed frame, for example, adds a touch of print without feeling dominant or overwhelming.
12. Floral Drapes
Floral print drapes are a great way to add pattern to any living space or bedroom without making a long-term commitment. Lean towards solid upholstery, or get playful with a touch of stripes, and pick up complementary patterned throw pillows to round out the look.