20 Gorgeous Rooms Inspired by Gardens

Gardens around the world spark creative floral designs for every room.

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English Influence

“Our client’s Herend wedding china served as inspiration for this dining room’s hand-painted Gracie Studio wallcovering. The look is a celebration of both the family’s unique story, as well as the home’s 1930s charm, and we worked closely with Gracie to capture the essence of both,” says designer Marie Flanigan. The china, with Chinese influences in the pattern, debuted at the First World Exhibition in London in 1851 and was purchased by Queen Victoria, and then named after her, according to Herend.

East Meets West

English country garden meets exotic Asian garden in this bedroom by designer Kress Jack. “The bright flowers and bold paint colors we chose, draw you down the long hall into this room, and instead of it feeling like a dead end, it is alive with color and flowers and attitude,” she says.

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Italian Renaissance

Italian gardens inspired the hues in this fantasy-like bedroom by Catherine M. Austin. Her design decisions, such as chinoiserie scenic wallpaper, were drawn from photos she had taken in northern Italy’s Villa D’Este at Lake Como at dusk and the Venetian Lagoon at sunset. “The palette was inspired by some of my fondest travel memories of the past year. I kept coming back to certain images I had taken where the indescribable colors stayed with me,” she says. “I was continually drawn to the combination of spring green with shades of lilac and orchid.”

Island Garden

“My clients live in Grand Cayman, and of course, the garden is of incredible importance to them,” says designer Bea Pila. The artwork depicts the flora of the islands with an enlarged scale, creating a dramatic and impactful piece of realism. “My client is also not afraid of color, and that is why we were bold enough to use the crimson color linen on the drapes while ‘cooling’ down the scheme with the soft blues on the rug and chair fabrics,” she says.

From: Bea Pila

Traditional With a Kick

The kitchen backsplash was meant to mimic almost everyone’s favorite flower, which is the peony, says designer Elizabeth Bomberger. “Since we had the freedom of having no upper cabinets, we decided to have them climb up the wall, as if you were sitting in an outdoor garden. The floral trend is so refreshing for big cities, where not everyone can have a backyard garden,” she says.

Japanese Aesthetic

Lieve Saether with Turnstyle Interior Design, pulled in poppy red with a lacquered finish that accentuates the architectural lines of Japanese garden design in this bathroom. The traditional pattern of the chinoiserie wallpaper is updated with a more vibrant blue, compared to a cornflower blue.

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly gardens are often used to attract children to gardening and science, and they're a fitting inspiration for a whimsical girl’s bedroom. “This project was nature-inspired, and we wanted to bring the outside in,” says designers with French & French Interiors.

Storybook Garden

“I was inspired by Winnie the Pooh and imagined Christopher Robin playing on the swing with Piglet. Although an adult space, there is always room for a sense of play in design for any interior,” says Elizabeth Bomberger. “What says treehouse and fun more than a wooden swing!” On the stairwell, wall panels made of solid walnut were intended to mimic the budding of a flower, laid out on the wall to appear almost floating.

Cheerful Cheery Blossoms

Rooms inspired by Asian gardens can be traditional or transitional in style, depending on the palette. “The Japanese cherry blossoms have been around for centuries,” says designer Jena Salmon. “I felt like that bathroom had a look that would be interesting to anybody — somebody that was very traditional or somebody that was a little bit contemporary.” When using blue instead of pinks for the wallpaper, which depicts delicate florals, it turns it into a more vibrant space.

Enchanted Garden

The homeowner, a florist, was specific about the flowers she wanted on her walls, which are depicted as stylized versions by a decorative painter. “Even though it’s clearly a fantasy of hydrangea vines and peony vines, which don’t exist, it was surrounding herself with flowers she knew she would enjoy and colors of flowers she knew she would enjoy,” says designer Douglas Graneto.

Tres Versailles

The royal French garden inspired this regal nursery designed by Shirry Dolgin. “Everything was supposed to feel light and whimsical, and a little bit French, like you’re in Versailles,” she explains. The palette of peach, gray and cream also worked well with the flowers in the wallpaper, she says. Accessories included framed photos of French poodles next to the crib.

Palm Print

A palm tree is an expected element in the kitchen of a luxury villa in Bali. “Design in Bali is very much indoor-outdoor living. There’s really no separation,” says Elaina Samaniego Myers with Design 4 Corners. She spent a day driving around the island with a landscape designer to select the perfect palm tree, in terms of the height and species, she says. “We wanted to do something different. I’ve never seen a palm tree in a kitchen. We had these amazing, very, very high ceilings, so we thought, ‘OK, what’s a way to really pull it all together and ground the space and create a cool effect,’ ” she says.

Preppy Garden

Ornamentations, like a lattice, set the scene in both gardens and garden-inspired spaces. The lattice-inspired wallpaper seen here, joins big blooms in the painting, and a pink and green palette in the tropical-inspired dining area.

Exotic Garden

Tropical gardens inspired Don Easterling and Nina Nash with Mathews Furniture + Design for this designer’s showhouse bedroom. The Penny Morrison drapery fabric, Dominica, with its plum, pomegranate, pink, gold and pale blue, lent a tropical, yet traditional vibe, they explain. Then the exotic space was finished off with an antique papier-mâché palm tree.

Peony Perfect

The delicate beauty of a peony, as depicted in a painting by Illia Barger, inspired the soft palette of blue, gray and blush in a chic designer’s showhouse space by Cathy Rhodes Interiors. Just like a beautiful garden, “the lady’s retreat was designed to be a relaxing, comfortable and elegant spot where she can get away, unwind from the day and take her time getting ready for a nice evening.” The curved sofa evokes a garden bench, inviting people to sit and enjoy a glass of wine.

Tropical Surroundings

“If you think about it, Bali is one big garden. It’s a tropical island. So everywhere you look, it is a garden,” says designer Elaina Samaniego Myers. The greenhouse-style design of a high-end Bali villa includes planters that hug the sofa in the sunken living area. It needed to feel full and lush, but the plants they selected won’t grow past the height of the sofa.

Fairy Garden-esque

A dollhouse with the backdrop of the butterfly wallpaper gives the feeling of a fairy garden in a kids’ bedroom, designed by French & French Interiors. These elements provide children with a fun space to create and explore their imagination, the designers say.

Urban Garden

Bird wallpaper by Louise Body gives a feeling of sky and light in a nook-turned-office that could have been a throwaway spot in regard to design. “We also made a custom floating walnut bookshelf that recalled a flower shape,” says Elizabeth Bomberger. “The whole intent of the townhouse remodel was to create a fun urban treehouse with bold colors, florals and organic movement.”

Asian Garden

“We’re looking to create spaces that feel new and fresh, and that you sort of walk into and have a visceral moment,” says Lieve Saether. Her rule of thumb is to take a cue from the type of blooms in a preferred garden style that influences a design. In a Japanese garden, she says the blooms are more sculptural, while in an English garden, they tend to be smaller, softer and romantic.

European and Asian Combination

Etchings by Pierre-Joseph Buchoz, a French naturalist, inspired the floral fabric used in this sweet sitting area. The design, featuring birds, butterflies, and plants from Europe and China, is part of a textile collection by the New York Botanical Garden and Vervain.

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