Classy-ful and artful like the rich Dutch oil paintings in the museums, dark floral prints are one of our favorite flower prints. Full of dark romance and drama, the starkly black and shadowy background accentuates and highlights like the innocent feminine beauty of the flowers in the nights. Faded colors and stillness of the floral prints bring out nostalgic feelings. Shadowy brush strokes and the 3D elements of the scenes add a realistic view, then the shadowy background denotes unrealistic dark fantasies and unfinished stories in the hiding. It is like our lives. You have happiness and goodness like the full blown flowers, backed by unhappiness and shadow side in the contrast. We live our lives balancing light and darkness… don't you agree?
Now let's stop being too dramatic and philosophical, and going back to the how-to.
Please note and do not confuse the dark floral theme with wild flowers in 2D, which rather fall under bohemian or Hawaiian/tropical florals than dark floral prints. Just imagine victorian style when decorating with dark florals.
Dark floral decor is also a perfect decorating theme during a season change, especially from a hotter to a cooler one. By adding these dark floral items to lighter summery scenes, it slowly helps and eases the transition without investing too much or a drastic change. So to say, take it easy!
How do we do this? Let's find out.
You can certainly go with dark floral print furniture for an impactful look but once you invest on such a piece, you might stuck with the theme for a while and hard to incorporate when you want some change. That said, work with what you already have or invest in clean and simple pieces that can be a clean base for any theme.
LITTLE DECOR ITEMS
Glistening pottery and dishes are not only pretty but also add some delights to your dining scenes. Bring out your tea pots in dark florals from your cupboard and display. And loose teas are pretty much in the dark floral theme already!
Floral Print Melamine Plates, Antwerp B, $68 / food52.com
Living in NYC has afforded me pleasant and regular visits to the Met Museum. Browsing and shopping in the Met Stores after different exhibitions have been casual yet artful events. Inspired or occasionally picking up unusual pieces for myself or others certainly bring some joy in life.
Dutch Golden Age Floral Painting Poster, 18”x24”, $30 / society6.com
Are you darkly floral-ed enough now? Happy Dark Floral Decor everyone!