Let New Beginnings Blossom at Home
Freshen the look of your home with a floral theme this New Year
Issue: Jan 2012
Let Spring blossom afresh with floral themed decorations for the New Year
Photo by: Eijffinger, Bisou de Madame Pitou
The arrival of a new year does not merely mark the passing of time; it is often symbolic, for many, of a new beginning. Some people start afresh by making New Year resolutions. Others do so by revamping their wardrobes. Yet others buy new things for a makeover either for themselves or their homes.
In many cultures, the New Year also coincides with Spring and because flowers symbolise new life and rebirth. Hence, many welcome the New Year with fresh blooms in their homes. The flowers freshen up the place, and give hope of getting the coming year off to a good start.
But why stop at simply displaying a vase of flowers for the New Year? With a little imagination and inspiration, we can do so much more with blooms. We give you tips on how to creatively incorporate floral influences into your home without overwhelming it.
Bring a garden home with Goodrich Gallery’s collection of floral wall coverings
Photo by Eijffinger, Bisou de Madame Pitou (left and centre) and Eijffinger, Grand Gala (right)
Surround yourself with a garden that will never fade, right inside your home with wall coverings, carpets, fabric and laminate floorings from Goodrich Gallery at Plaza Singapura. The largest, part of your home available for decorating is probably your wall. But instead of simply painting it, hanging a photograph or piece of art on them, why not turn them into giant canvases this Chinese New Year.
Goodrich Gallery offers beautiful floral options to redecorate your home with stunning and extensive collections of wall paper. You can coordinate the look of your room and create a feature wall that serves as the focal point of the room For example, Goodrich Gallery carries Eijffinger’s series which includes the Bisou de Madame Pitou collection that features roses, magnolias and birds in a romantic pattern that brings a touch of Paris to any home. Eijffinger’s Grand Gala collection showcases rich baroque designs that have large flowers amidst sturdy stripes for a more masculine feel.
Going floral need not make a room overly feminine. When darker colours and bolder patterns are employed, the tonality changes.
Photo by Aldeco, Alma Lusa
If you want something just for the season and less permanent, cushions with flowers embroidered on them can be used as accents. Do not worry that flowers will make the room overly feminine. Darker colours, bolder patterns and selective use of blooms can add an edge to the floral theme. Alternatively, go for floral rugs that add a burst of colour. Goodrich Gallery’s Xian Fleur Rugs are entirely handmade from the finest Japanese acrylic yarns; while their Brink & Campman collection has rugs and carpets that not only feature floral themes but are also shaped like flowers. The interesting variation to the usual square and rectangular designs will surely appeal to children.
(From left) Anoki from the Blossom Inn collection, Aromas from the Viva La Frida collection, and Rosemary from the Vivid Vintage collection from Aussino
The floral theme works particularly well in the bedroom where you can literally rest and rise on a bed of roses, or at least rose patterns. Aussino at Plaza Singapura and Junction 8, usher in the Chinese New Year with their CONTEMPO collections that feature floral designs inspired by three different styles from three different parts of the world. Blossom Inn pays homage to the beloved cherry blossom from Japan. The delicate flowers are digitally transformed onto industrial grey and pink fabric to give them a contemporary look, just as Japanese culture incorporates tradition and nature with advancement in technology.
Viva La Frida draws from the works of Mexico’s most revered and controversial artist, Frida Kahlo, and mixes eclectic and edgy patterns with flowers. The unusual combination of colours makes this an ideal choice for the adventurous who want to live out their wildest dreams.
For a classic interpretation of blooms, turn to Vivid Vintage, with Victorian and French influences. Flowers and lace with Bohemian accents that are both feminine and confident, will add character to any boudoir.
Every Little Thing Counts
Blumenkinder and Gartenkinder from Das Erzegirge-Haus are miniature pastoral scenes carved from wood
For a European flavour, , you can decorate your home with entire gardens and pastoral scenes meticulously crafted from wood by the finest artisans from Germany from Das Erzegirge-Haus (Ore Mountains) at Raffles City Shopping Centre and ION Orchard. The traditional handicrafts are exquisite, tiny perfections with tremendous attention to detail. The Blossom Kinder depicts the romantic little village of Grünhainichen which lies deep in the forests and rolling hills of Erzgebirge mountains, while the Garten Kinder portrays country folk gardening. The enchanting figurines with carefree and charming smiles and the happy scenes add a celebratory tone to any room.
In any and every room, whether displayed, hung or laid on the ground; printed, embroidered or carved, having a tint of floral can liven up the space and bring the colours of nature indoors. So, start the New Year with new blooms and let your year ahead flourish.
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