Expert Eye: Boudoir in Bloom

STYLIST JULIA GREEN DEMONSTRATES HOW TO USE FLORAL PIECES TO CREATE THE BEDROOM OF YOUR DREAMS.

THEY’RE BACK WITH VENGEANCE – but the truth is they never really left. Botanically-inspired artworks and an overall craze for florals has blossomed recently, as seen through their burgeoning prevalence on Australian walls. It seems that we all love a good floral work, and particularly when it features Australian landscapes and our bountiful natives. Call it national pride or what you will, there’s no doubt there’s a certain tranquillity that comes from bringing the outdoors in. Whether it’s your forever piece or a more transient dried flower arrangement, read on to discover how best to incorporate florals into the bedroom.

Artwork by Leah Bartholomew.

TAKE YOUR CUE

Floral artworks can take centre stage in a bedroom setting, where they are able to inform the rest of the palette from a decorating perspective. Take colour cues from the works – whether it be eucalypt-toned linens or bolder hues such as yellow or orange – to create an interesting and cohesive space. For more impact, find an unexpected colour from within the art and add decorative textiles to highlight this for visual interest.

Artwork by Leah Bartholomew.

MAKE IT REAL

If you are less inclined to use artwork as the room’s decorative focus, try introducing beautiful floral arrangements to a dresser or a bedside table. If you’re after longevity, dried flowers are the logical choice – and are making a comeback within Australian households. Their form and structure can add extra dimension and nostalgia to a space. Fresh flowers are also a beautiful addition to a bedroom and can add a soft, pretty layer to any space.

Artwork by Leah Bartholomew.

SCALE FOR IMPACT

Consider the scale of the artwork you are introducing to the space to ensure it makes the best impact. Scale is just as important as the style of the piece itself: a masterpiece can be completely overlooked if it is not proportionate to the wall it resides on.

Related Stories

Living/Loving: More is More, Less is a Bore

/
Through costume, video and performance art, Melbourne-based artists The Huxleys embrace sparkly worlds of kitsch and queer.

Project Sheet: A Family Story

/
A property developer’s family sets down roots in a permanent architectural home designed by Workroom and Simone Haag, rife with personal references.

Project Sheet: Best Light

/
In their reinvention of a turn-of-the-century Federation home, Smart Design Studio made artistic curation an integral part of the architectural process.

Project Sheets: Urban Peace

/
In Shanti House, celebrated interiors practice Biasol captures the essence of yoga in a Melbourne home designed to grow with its occupants.
The brass clad hallway at RAFT Studios features the neon light work 'This Way Up' by Kristin McIver

Project Sheets: Conceptual Crib

/
At RAFT Studios, an art collection became a crucial starting point for the redesign of a hybrid apartment/office space in Melbourne’s Collingwood.

Project Sheet: Dressed Up Rawness

/
In this Bondi Apartment, Design firm Amber Road mixes a nostalgic folk-art collection with a penchant for sophistication.

Related Artworks

Kate Bender, Into His Fiery Heart. Oil on canvas, 84 x 152cm.
Kate Bender, Only the Wind Sings