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Granny Floral… How Far is Too Far?

07.27.16

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I love a good granny floral print.  Most people don’t gravitate towards them, so it’s something different.  Sure, they’re risky, but when done right, it can be so good.

So granny floral print on granny floral print? Or granny floral print on granny floral print on granny floral print? How far is too far?  Should there only be one granny floral in a space surrounded my modern elements?  How many different granny prints can you incorporate in one space, and how many modern elements should balance that granny pattern?

Here are some spaces in which the granny floral is fabulous, done right in my opinion and most likely made the space.  Also, my opinion of granny looking fabulous is is not …..granny looking….

Granny Floral

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Some takeaways:

If you like the look but aren’t sure how to incorporate granny florals without actually looking granny, here are some tips for pulling it off:

– Try pairing the granny floral with modern, poppy art.

– Consider going with one, dominant granny floral.  Of course you can layer more florals, but this is where it gets especially tricky to pull off. .

– Allow the granny floral to be front and center by taking the walls (and possibly the floors) bright white.  This will allow the dominant floral to pop in a fun way.

– Keep the surrounding traditional elements to a minimum.  The first image has several traditional elements in the space, but the modern elements (art and hide rug) are what make the space in combination with the granny floral sofa.

– Consider pairing the granny floral with an antique rug that contrasts in color.

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Are you into it?

xo,

Claire

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8 comments on “Granny Floral… How Far is Too Far?”

  1. My grandma has two beautiful “granny floral” blue couches that would easily incorporate into a modern space. I agree though, the walls would need to be bright white and other elements modern to avoid veering into unintentional shabby granny style.

  2. Love the granny florals! I think they need to be juxtaposed with modern elements, for sure, just so it doesn’t look as though you stumbled into a time capsule. The first floral seems too overscaled to be properly called Granny, though.

  3. I guess this is often said for any room, but I think these floral prints in particular need a hit of black to help ground the overall design.

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