Expert Eye: Boudoir in Bloom


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.


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.


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.


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.

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