Bring the wildlife indoors

Inspired by spring blossoms, designers have opened the back door to find garden life is a rich source when it comes to brightening the home.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 14th March 2015, 4:00 pm
PA Photo/Handout
PA Photo/Handout

With an endless variety of decorative details on offer - botanical prints, birds, bees, butterflies and bugs - there’s no better time to start accessorising the home with the first signs of spring.

“Nature in all its forms is always popular in interiors - they are universal symbols - everyone loves the butterfly for its incredible fragility and beauty,” says Liam Butler, brand director for luxury lifestyle store Achica.

“This spring, the butterfly will be adorning cushions, rugs and other fabrics for the home, combining pattern with the finest texture.”

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According to ceramicist Hannah Turner, who features fairytale toadstools among her tableware collection, garden-inspired green and copper tones are bang on trend for 2015.

“Leaf, floral and insect prints are making an appearance on everything from ceramics to sofas,” she says.

“Nature gives us the best in terms of colour and pattern in birds, bugs and bees. I need to look no further than the natural world for my spring trend theme.”

If you want to refresh a room but your existing scheme is neutral or monochrome, plenty of designers have pencilled black insects onto a white background, to make it easy to include the bug trend, without going crazy with colour.

Sharon Jervis, founder of bee-friendly homewares company Beefayre, says she’s not surprised by the popularity of bee motifs in interiors.

“During recent years, when money has been tight, people have spent much more time at home and become more aware of their home and garden environments,” she says.

“Bee and bug interior designs say... ‘I am aware and I care’! Brits and bees go together like scones and strawberry jam.”