One of my all-time favorite designers, and by virtue of that, someone I draw a lot of inspiration from, is British designer Tricia Guild, of Designers Guild fame. One of the things that I think she does so well is to juxtapose designs, floral motifs and colors, that—on the face of it—seem to have no business going together. It does take a bold sensibility to follow in her footsteps, but as someone who has painted ceilings bright orange; and set a hot pink wall against a gilt wallpaper, I am not daunted by boldness. And as I look around the spaces I have designed, I have to admit, flowers do seem to pop up everywhere.
Many of Guild’s designs feature stunning floral themes, as pictured in the gorgeous shower curtain at the top of this post. One of my favorite design sites to buy from is Burke Decor and they feature a wide range of floral shower curtains from Designers Guild. In this lovely Victorian bathroom, I opted to make the floral vivacity of the shower curtain the main feature of the design – it draws in the eye and provides a lovely sense of optimism and freshness. After all, isn’t that what a shower is supposed to do for you? Wash away the bad stuff and leave you with the good?
In the same house, I chose to combine a soothing red and cream linen floral pattern with a velvet flock wallpaper on the landing. Another bold choice, but the grandeur of the house, with all its gorgeous original redwood molding just seemed to beg for something big and adventurous.
In another house, this time a ranch farmhouse, I opted to go for the floral shower curtains, but this time used a motif concrete tile from Cle on the floor to draw the eye down the room towards the floral attraction. Despite the low ceiling (compared to a Victorian house) there’s still room to think creatively and titillate the senses.
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