Introducing florals to your home (without annoying the boyfriend)

I adore quintessentially British design. I live in a Victorian terrace conversion built around 1890 so it's packed with quirky features with alcoves, chimney breasts, a coal shed and original wooden beams on the floors, and it's been my dream to live in a cottage with fields as far as the eye can see, with a cosy, vintage vibe throughout. 

British interior ideas

Cue my LOVE for all things girly and vintage. I saw this fabulous Northern Rose Blue wallpaper (below) from Graham & Brown recently and it sparked a lot of inspiration for me. It's got that cosy cottage feel without being too old fashioned and would look stunning as a feature wall in any room.

floral wallpaper ideasWhen it comes to designing our home, I try to keep our rooms traditional, in keeping with the period. I adore my chesterfield sofa in our lounge (which is actually a sofa bed, yes they exist) and we've got big plans to open up the chimney breast to it's former glory and pop in a tidy wood burning stove for an element of country chic. Our place has a rosy country kind of feel to it even though it's slap bang in the centre of a city and a wallpaper like this would look stunning as the focal point on a chimney breast or inside alcoves.

If you love girly designs too you'll know exactly how it feels every time you stumble in the door with yet more new blankets and fluffy cushions to add to your bed - eyes start rolling with the other half. Let's not even go there with floral wallpaper, they'd take one look and all hell could break loose. 

But there's totally ways you can add florals to your home without your fella questioning his sexuality and it dominating the look and feel of the space. This wallpaper for example, if you keep it on 'accent walls' and pair it with clean lined furniture in complementing colours you could be on to a winner, he might even like it. 

I've pulled together a shopping list of things you could add to a room to accentuate a beautiful floral wallpaper like this one from Graham & Brown, to give a warm, cosy, feminine feel without depressing your boyfriend much. I think it's about balancing the feminineness with masculine or industrial and geometric staples.

floral wallpaper ideas

Gold hanging wall planter, UO
Assorted photo frame, Graham & Brown
Geometric cushion, Tesco
Loco floorlamp, Loaf

And if, after all your work trying to balance the feminine with the masculine, your love of florals are at risk of ruining your relationship then have a flick through this post on Trends to expect in 2015. These types of mood boards spark a lot of ideas for me, you might surprise yourself and find a trend you both adore. 

Enjoy making your gaff more girly without the guilt :)