Interior trend: Spring Fling

We use creative and bold botanical arrangements to bring three of the latest interior looks to life.

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Walls and floor in Resene ‘Half rice cake’; Linear stem mimosa wallpaper by Orla Kiely, $219 per roll, Danelion mobile porcelain wallpaper by Missprint, $249 per roll, both from The Paper Room; on floor Christian Lacroix ‘Beach Club Citrus’ (Stripe) wallpaper, $195 per roll, from Icon Textiles; ‘Etchings and Roses’ wallpaper by Staioners Tretle desk, $399, Eva dining chair, $129, Academy dining chair, $299, Bud bottles, pack of four $22.95, and tank glass vessel, $29.95, all from Freedom; Swan planter, $50, From Collected; Linen day dreaming cushion, $179.95, From Allium.

Spring fling wallpaper

Striped and etchings wallpapers as before, ‘Cowparsley’ Wallpaper by Sanderson, $182 per roll,, From Textilia.

Mellow Yellow

  • Add yellow to a Scandinavian-style interior for a fresh, on-trend look. Team one tone of dusky yellow with white and pale wood.
  • This look is the perfect base for modern botanical arrangements in spring yellows and greens that add freshness to the room.
  • Think modern when it comes to soft furnishings or wallpaper. Choose a simple graphic floral print that’s not too fussy.
  • Spring is the perfect time to pick blooms from your garden or the roadside. Keep a pair of scissors handy as you might find the perfect stem to place in a small jar at home.
  • Vessels and vases full of green foliage lend a woodland feel, and fern leaves last forever in water. Pair with other large stems such as calla lily leaves.

Spring fling pastels

Walls in Resene ‘Gelato’ and Resene ‘Gum Leaf’, floor in Resene ‘Half Rice Cake’; small George & Co hexagon planters, $25 each, large George & Co hexagon planters, $49 each, George & Co white pocket wall planters, $35 each, small washi tape spools, pack of three $15, washi tape rolls, $10 each, and mint cage light, $40, all from Collected; Eva dining chair, $129, and Spoke side table, $99, both from Freedom; blue ceramic milk bottle, $44, mint ceramic Agee jar, $53, mint ceramic cream bottle, $37, and dog vase, $69, all from Junk & Disorderly; Alice stool, $149, and Ratatouille basket, $105, both from Corso De’ Fiori. Swatches from top Inari wallpaper from Colour for Living collection, $201 per 10 metre roll, from Textilia; Ray Dew from the Liberty Nesfield collection, $219 per metre and Octavia linen by Designers Guild, $315 per metre, both from Icon Textiles.

Minimalist Pastel

  • Plain walls in soft chalky pastels provide a calm, pretty backdrop.
  • Simple graphic furniture in paint-dipped pastels create a fun yet modern feel, paired with white homeware to freshen the look.
  • Use unruly clusters of fresh flowers and lots of wild organic blooms to contrast a pared-back pastel interior.
  • Display blooms in a variety of different ways using groups of vessels clustered together on tables, walls and even on the floor.
  • Don’t limit flower arranging to vases. Choose a wall space out of direct sunlight to stick flowers to. Secure them to the wall with coloured washi tape – add a water capsule to the tip of the stem so they don’t wilt.
  • Use flowers like statice and and limonium maine.
  • Mount an assortment of wall vases for a cool arrangement. Choose flowers that are easy to place in small vases.
  • If you’re not a minimalist fan, use floral fabrics to add charm and character in the form of a statement chair or blinds.


Spring fling floral

Painterly Interiors

  • This decor style sees oversized florals mixed with watercolour effects and rich colours straight from a painter’s palette.
  • Create depth on your walls by blending three or four colours in similar tones using small paint rollers.
  • Have confidence. Mix giant florals and watercolour flowers, but with soft furnishings and rugs, rather than in permanent ways.
  • Ground the party of petals by keeping the walls, floors, furniture and throws as plain as possible. That way, if you lose interest in the look you can simply update the accessories.
  • When it comes to adding fresh flowers, using blooms with different shapes and textures creates a busy and thoughtfully ‘thrown together’ look. Start with stock and delphine as the tallest point of your arrangement, then work your way down adding in alstroemeria and purple cabbage – placed together these are great fillers which create volume where needed. From here, place pretty details using purple-toned tulips, anemones and roses. The relaxed placement of the flowers against the bold textile design adds wow factor, but still looks warm and welcoming.

Mess is more! Art isn’t meant to be perfect, so go with your instincts and choose pieces and colours that make you feel good.

Photography by: Wendy Fenwick
Interior designer: Styling by Emily Somerville-Ryan
Flowers by: Lucy Houghton of Lu Diamond Flowers


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