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10 Ways to Use Floral Patterns in Your Home

Floral patterns tend to get a bad rep. You've probably seen one too many florals that remind you of your grandmother's house, but these patterns are making a comeback. In unexpected color palettes, painterly prints, and set against a dark background, a floral pattern can actually feel fresh and modern. Here are our ten favorite ways to use them around the home.

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1. Set Against Black

Home trends often originate from the fashion runway - we're seeing tons of floral patterns set against dark backgrounds this year. We love the masculine touch this contrast gives a pretty floral print, keeping it from feeling too girly.

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Grid of floral botanical prints over mantel in living room | Ballard Designs

2. Organic but Orderly

Flowers are inherently organic, but arranging them into an orderly grid is a great way to give them a more contemporary feel. With plenty of white space around this set of nine prints, the space doesn't become overly feminine.

Contemporary shapes and a black and white color palette give this space a fresh, airy vibe.

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3. Mix in Animal Prints

Pair your favorite floral with a pattern that's a little edgy. Here, we mixed together throw pillows in our Tory Spice fabric with a feisty leopard print. Together, they feel unexpected and fresh.

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Bench upholstered in pink floral pattern in entryway | Ballard Designs

4. Global Prints

While our Faro Berry fabric isn't a traditional floral print, the pattern is definitely rooted in botanicals. When you pick a floral print with a global feel, and upholster it on a large piece, it makes a bold statement under a console or in the corner of a room - and feels anything but old fashioned.

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Wood carved mirror with floral pattern on border | Ballard Designs

5. Floral Details

There are plenty of ways to bring floral accents into your space in a more subtle way. Our Rebecca Mirror is the perfect example. Intricately carved rosettes trim this graywashed mirror for a sculptural affect that feels feminine, but easily coordinates with sleek lines and modern pieces.

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Floral pattern headboard with simple bedding and mercury glass lamp | Ballard Designs

6. Painterly Patterns

We love the recent trend in fabrics of floral patterns with a watercolor effect. The softer look blends easily with more contemporary silhouettes, while still feeling wonderfully nostalgic.

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Canopy made from floral pattern fabric behind an upholstered headboard | Ballard Designs

7. Color Block

Blocks of color bring a modern sensibility to a feminine floral pattern like our Isabella blue fabric. In this bedroom, we chose a rich navy to balance the botanical print.

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Art print with flower arrangement over the mantel in a living room | Ballard Designs

8. Add in Geometrics

We always recommend using feminine and masculine elements in equal measure when decorating a space. Strong, geometric prints are a great way to balance a floral pattern or painting. Our Celano Rug has a series of interlocking rings which grounds the room and complements the hydrangea still life over the mantel.

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Black floral art print over side table | Ballard Designs

9. Silhouettes in Spring

Reinterpret florals in a modern way. In this black and white room, we used a pair of art prints featuring orchids in silhouette. The stark sepia and black color palette and graphic shapes feel both feminine and masculine, and incorporate florals in a more subtle way.

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Faux dogwood branches on console table | Ballard Designs

10. Final Fleurish

Looking for less commitment? Reserve florals for your accessories. To create a focal point on this console table, we chose a large vase and filled it to the brim with cherry blossom stems. The pink blooms pop off a navy wall and the wild branches complement the angular shape of the Adele Sideboard.

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Browse our Favorite Floral Pieces

Browse our Favorite Floral Pieces