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15 Ways to Add Dramatic Florals to Walls and Ceilings

By: Amanda Lecky
August 08, 2018

The key to making floral patterns look modern and not too sweet? Thinking big. The bolder, the better: Choose high-impact, high-contrast patterns and limit them to just one wall, or the ceiling, or to a chair or two to avoid overwhelming the space. Here’s a bouquet of inspirational spaces where florals make a sophisticated statement.

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Indoor Garden

To give the dining room of a newly remodeled Manhattan apartment a fresh, family-friendly appeal, designer Adam Rolston of INC Architecture & Design treated one wall to a pattern of bold blooms. The floral pattern of Hygge & West’s "Petal Pusher” wallcovering adds a natural element to the urban space, while the gold and white colorway keeps the glam-factor high.

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Perfect Arrangement

Carriage Lane Design-Build designer Carly Nemtean’s client had a vision: "a cozy, sophisticated space to enjoy after a long, busy day at the office." To make that dream a reality, Nemtean chose rich and contrasting colors for the space, including vivid pinks and purples. "The large-scale floral wallpaper by Ellie Cashman creates a dramatic backdrop for this flirty and bold feminine space," says Nemtean.

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Growing Up

"The design for this child’s bedroom is mostly neutral, but one wall is papered with an oversized floral pattern to bring in some 'wow' factor," says designer Olga Alexeeva of Black and Milk. "Dusky-rose curtains complement the wallcovering, to create a scheme that’s unexpected and not remotely babyish."

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Desk Set

"We created this look in a client’s home office," say the designers at Steele Street Studios. "We love the clean lines of the desk and how the geometric rug balances the organic shapes in the floral pattern on the ceiling. The ceiling is such a great space to add interest that so many people forget about."

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