Everyone loves a print and I’m not one to shy away from the boldest and brightest of them all. When it comes to home furnishings a print of any variety will instantly bring life to a room. Whether it is a graphic stripe, a geometric shape, a floral burst or a simple polka dot, there is something to suit all tastes. Some will be braver than others and may chose to pair clashing prints together. If this is done well it can look great and can create a really unique look. However, clashing prints can be overwhelming so be careful to choose either clashing colour ways or clashing prints, as both may be a little OTT.
Here I have a chosen a few of my favourite designs to share with you, some of which are iconic and truly recognisable and others, which are less well known but just as impressive. As well as having a number of these prints in my own home I am fortunate enough to have friends and family who also have a love of print. I have taken inspiration from these too and included them in this post.
Orla Kiely – Stem
‘Stem’ is one of Orla Kiely’s most distinguished prints. With its simple shapes and effective repetition it has been applied to a huge range of products from bed linen to biscuit jars. The print comes in a number of colourways with subdued blues, subtle beiges and bright autumnals being amongst the most popular. I’ve used a classic patterned scarf to make a dull cushion a little more fun. My sister, possibly Orla’s biggest fan has let me show off some from her collection too.
Sanderson – Dandelion clocks
Arthur Sanderson established his fabric and interiors business back in 1860. Since then Sanderson’s prints have become ever popular. Many of his original designs are still being produced today, but these are now coupled with a range of more modern patterns such as my favourite, Dandelion Clock. After staying in a beautiful Air B and B in Edinburgh with Dandelion Clock cushions and curtains I had to purchase something for myself. I found this throw in TK Maxx for a steal at £45 (RRP £195!). It’s so versatile and could be used as a blanket or bed cover. I’m using mine to bring life to an old sofa! If you’re not looking to spend a lot, then try Debenhams for some similar prints… I bought a Dandelion Clock spin off mug from there.
John Lewis – Scion Taimi
John Lewis has a huge array of print fabrics on offer. Scion is one of my favourites and comes in two colourways ‘Seaglass/chalk/honey’ and ‘Sulphur’. Both styles use duck egg blue as a key shade, which adds warmth and comfort to a home. Sulphur opts to blend the duck egg with a bold burnt orange, which gives off a fresh Mediterranean feel. Both varieties are shown below used as curtains and blinds. You can get up to five free swatches of this and other patterns from John Lewis online.
Liberty London’s delicate fabrics are really great for adding a touch of vintage to your home. Buying the fabric brand new might mean you need to remortgage your house with a 1 x 1m scarf costing anything from £200. I suggest you look on ebay or at rag markets as you might be able to find a better deal on some older prints. The vintage floral Liberty print used to jazz up this wooden chair was from an old dress my Grandma used to own.