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Fabulous florals

With summer here and everything in the garden in flower now is a great time to bring the outside in by using floral fabrics in the home.

A key trend this season is painterly prints. These prints take their inspiration from artists such as Monet. Their large designs can be used in contemporary style rooms. Try mixing prints of different sizes to bring a look that's stylishly quirky and casually coordinated.

These dainty designs work well in country style schemes and small rooms where large prints may seem overwhelming. Look for a pastel design with a small print. These can be mixed with stripes for a relaxed feel.

Large floral designs in vivid colours are best in a contemporary setting. Choose a bold curtain fabric as your starting point. Then select a colour from the fabric as an accent colour for accessories such as cushions, rugs and vases. For the walls choose a bright white or calming neutral so that your fabric is the main focus of the room. Wooden floors or plain carpets are a good choice and then add a rug in your accent colour.

Botanical prints are a perfect curtain fabric but also can look very stylish when used as an upholstery fabric on a statement chair, it will create a bold impact especially if used in an otherwise neutral room.

Complement your garden style by using floral fabrics outside for cushions, tablecloths or bunting. Choose a fabric which suits your garden design. For example if you favour cottage garden plants such as foxgloves, roses and delphiniums choose a fabric which echoes this scheme and use to make cushions for your outside furniture. If your garden is more contemporary with large structured plants then look for a more contemporary print with a foliage design. Florals are a great way to bring the outside in and add a touch of colour to your home.

Jane Saunders, Creative Designer. Just Fabrics is situated on the upper level next to Waitrose in Cheltenham (01242 530423) or visit