This spring, flowers are blooming indoors, too

  • Wed Apr 4th, 2012 8:09pm
  • Life

By Kim Cook Associated Press

If you followed the spring fashion shows, you noticed floral motifs blooming all over the place.

Diane Von Furstenberg used feminine pastels. Peter Som used digital florals in over-saturated, intense pigments. Timo Weiland created watery digital prints that floated down the catwalk.

And inspiration from the runway often finds its way into our rooms.

So it’s no surprise that in home decor this spring, botanicals are big.

Watch for bedding, pillows, upholstered furniture, wallcoverings and tabletop items featuring botanical prints.

San Francisco interior designer Jennifer Bishop loves incorporating botanical patterns, and likes all the modern options.

Bishop often uses a multicolored print as a launch point for a room’s palette. She’s a fan of needlework, mentioning Anthropologie’s line of sewn lampshades.

She also likes the work of Florida artist Mindy Lighthipe, who makes watercolor, pencil, and pen and ink illustrations of unusual flora, such as exotic plants, insect-nibbled oak leaves and flowering kale. Lighthipe sells on

Pottery Barn offers several feminine options in a spring bedding collection that’s marked by restful patterns and calming hues. Cherry blossoms bloom on a set by British artist Rosamund James.

The Ravenna line is an Art Nouveau-inspired pattern, Giselle draws from an 18th century English print, and Alessandra was inspired by a 250-year-old, hand-blocked French textile.

If you like your bouquets bold, Annie Selke’s vibrant, imaginative designs for soft goods retailer Pine Cone Hill include the Erika bedding collection, which features a broad leafy vine in hothouse hues of fuchsia or persimmon on crisp white.

Garnet Hill pulls the essence of laid-back Cali sunshine into its Catalina bedding collection, with oversize ice-pop blue and coral blooms on an aqua background.

Jason Berke, Target’s bath design manager, says overseas scouting trips inspired the retailer’s spring florals, which feature exaggerated-scale prints. “The feminine styles and detailing we encountered had a fun play on scale, and placement,” he said.