This week’s hand-picked bunch of contemporary floral wallpapers is by way of celebrating summer in the garden. It’s an absolutely magical time of the year, don’t you think?
The first roses are bursting into flower in my garden and everything else is growing a mile a minute. (Including the weeds, grrr…). Chelsea Flower Show starts next week, which means midsummer is only a few short weeks away with all its promise of floral exuberance, beauty and fragrance.
And indoors, floral wallpapers are hot right now! (Even if the weather can’t make up its mind from one day to the next).
To call it a trend, though, is perhaps a bit of a stretch. As I don’t think floral wallpaper ever really goes out of fashion, do you?
To be sure, recently I’ve noticed a bumper crop of contemporary floral wallcoverings featuring blowsy blooms in dark, rich colours. They’re very of the moment, and provide a suitably sumptuous and dramatic backdrop to the the opulent, luxurious “new modern” interiors style. (Which I wrote about here if you missed it).
That said, there’s no shortage of delicate and pretty contemporary floral wallpapers too. In fresh, bright hues they’re exquisitely evocative of the traditional English country garden in the summertime.
MINDTHEGAP Aquafleur Wallpaper Set in Anthracite
Diverse styles and influences abound, I notice, as I’ve been browsing contemporary floral wallpaper choices. Funky retro, Scandi-style, Arts and Crafts, graphic, painterly and photo-realistic – to name just a few. All with their unique look and feel. But each with flowers in all their beauty at the heart of the designs. Which has to be an absolute joy for any flower lover.
So let’s travel from the English country garden to entire jungles of exotic blooms, via chinoiserie and japonais-style flora. Here are just a few of my favourite, contemporary floral wallpaper designs. I hope you enjoy them.
Contemporary floral wallpapers
Alexandria Lapis by Designers Guild.
Starflower – Peacock from the Little Greene Retrospective Papers collection. Believed to be Belgian in origin, this design from the 1960’s has been reprinted in colourways very close to the original.
Missoni Home’s Oriental Garden wallpaper. This riot of oriental blooms has the texture of embroidered cloth.
Poppy Flower Wallpaper. Camilla Meijer creates hand-drawn designs that are bold and contemporary but still delicate and elegant. And all in gorgeous modern colour palettes. We love!
John Lewis Flora Wallpaper in Dark Duck Egg.
Direct from the catwalk. Julien McDonald’s Cecily design layers photography and illustration in velvety, inky blues, inspired by the mysteries of a nocturnal garden.
The Withered Flowers – Colour Wallpaper by Studio Job x NLXL from Limelace at NOTHS.
Octavia from the Contarini Wallpaper Collection by Designers Guild. Blowsy, extravagant, painterly blooms in a subdued colour palette.
Classic Scandi-style florals from Boråstapeter at John Lewis. This Rebarber wallpaper by Gocken Jobs features rhubarb, dew cup, viola and monkshood and is one of her most loved designs.
The Rhodora contemporary floral wallpaper by Osborne & Little looks extravagant and exotic in this turquoise/pink colourway. But there are quieter, gentler versions too in serene neturals.
Tulipa Stellata Wallpaper in Fuschia by Designers Guild. Quintessential English country house style.
Also very ethereal, ghostly white, grey and pink flowers float out of a dark background – the Rockett St George Flower Power Wallpaper in Blush.
Classic oriental floral patterns in very contemporary colourways designed by Brian Yates. Floral Fantasy in White from Jane Clayton.
Another oriental design, reminiscent of Japanese chiyogami papers inspired by kimono designs. Japonerie Wallpaper by Osborne & Little
Here, three original archive patterns were mixed with various Eno creations and layered onto a clean white background. Brian Eno Flower Mask Blue from Graham & Brown.
Finally, Ava Marika Supersized Moody by Woodchip and Magnolia. The name of this contemporary floral wallpaper says it all. I think these oversized, painterly blooms in dark, moody tones designed in-house in Yorkshire are just gorgeous.
Words: colourful beautiful things/Helen Hunter
Images: designers, brands & retailers as credited above