I am not one of those people who only get excited about florals in the spring. I was the 4th grade girl wearing my floral printed jeans in January loud and proud. Nowadays for me, the best thing about florals in fashion and interiors is they can become fresh for the seasons using appropriate palettes. Fashion designer Derek Lam recently used darker colors like burnt orange, burgandy and magenta in his fashion show. Translate this into the home with the amazing Dutch interior designer Barbara Groen's help. I recently came across her work via Food & Wine magazine and completely admire her work. Check out her Flower Power 101 gallery here. Her three tips for mixing floral prints in the home:
1. Focus. Pick one room or area of the house and try to stick to a certain style of patterns: big flowers or mini flowers, bright colors or soft colors.
2. Repeat colors. For example, if the pattern is pink, try to put something pink in the room, or let the same pink come back in another pattern.
3. Try wallpaper as art. You can cover a big board in a special pattern, then hang it on your wall or put it on a side table or fireplace.