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11 ways to get old-world botanical charm in your home

Calling up lush gardens and exotic palaces, be inspired by these elegant looks

Robin Collingwood
Added 14:03 | April 15, 2017
  • Art of the Garden collection by Sanderson, wallpapers from Dh300 per roll; fabrics from Dh250 per metre.

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  • Garden Plan from Art of the Garden collection by Sanderson, wallpapers from Dh300 per roll; fabrics from Dh250 per metre.

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  • Rotherby from Kempshott wallcoverings collection by Zoffany, from Dh1,390 per panel.

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  • Quintessence wallpaper by Harlequin, Dh900 per panel.

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  • Masson Fuchsia wallpaper by Designers Guild, Dh950 per roll.

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  • Seraphina wallpaper by Colefax & Fowler, Dh281 per roll.

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  • China Rose wallpaper by Little Greene Paint Company, Dh332 per roll.

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  • Serendip collection by Manuel Canovas, from Dh446 per metre.

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  • Coromandel collection by Osborne & Little: wallpaper, Dh416 per metre; cushion fabric in Perdana, Dh408 per metre; Umbria fabric in Assisi, Dh416 per metre.

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  • . Fragrance collection by Prestigious Textiles, Dh80 per metre.

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  • Darwin wallpaper by Little Greene Paint Company, Dh615 per roll

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Here’s how to combine the structure of a landscape garden design with the abundance of flower and bird patterns…

Keep it light These intricate patterns are real showstoppers so pare back the rest of the space with bare wood or tiled floors, pale furniture and white woodwork. Combine busy fabric patterns with plain toning textiles to provide a little balance and rest the eye.

Choose simple styling With such beautiful but bold designs taking the lead, it’s important to avoid overcrowding with fussy details. Stick to one or two cushions with a single motif, and group objects together in threes – a classic interior designer trick – for a striking display.

Enhance the theme Finishing touches, objets, or arrangements that mirror the wallpaper or fabric pattern can look incredibly effective, provided some restraint is exercised: faux topiary displayed against a trellis paper, a vase of faux or fresh blooms against a floral background, a pretty wired birdcage set in front of soaring bird illustrations, all look effective and considered.

Robin Collingwood

Robin Collingwood