Since the beginning of decorating, people have used floral patterns on everything from clothing to furniture. Some floral patterns, or types of patterns, are particularly popular and have been used by designers for centuries. Other flower patterns are more modern and have become popular recently. Like all styles of decorating, various floral patterns come in and out of fashion. There are a few, however, that are timeless.
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The Tudor Rose began as the symbol of the Tudor dynasty, but it continues to be popular to this day. It is often used in formal decor, but it can be casual as well. The Tudor Rose has five petals. The Museum of Modern Art, or MOMA, has an example of a classic Tudor Rose pattern on fabric. It is not currently on display but can be seen on the website.
Norwegian Rosemaling is an art form from Norway. It is also a way of painting roses and other flowers. These designs are intricate and colourful. The Sons of Norway say rosemaling is "tedious" and they say many modern artists just do not have the patience to paint such detailed patterns.
Vintage Floral or Shabby Chic
Shabby chic is a popular type of design that combines pretty, vintage pieces and feminine elements. Floral patterns in shabby chic designs are also known as vintage florals. They are typically small, simple floral patterns with a white background.
Fleur de Lis
Fleur de Lis is French for flower of the lilies and is a popular and easily recognised floral design. The Fleur de Lis is often seen in New Orleans and French style decor. HGTV, Design Happens says the Fleur de Lis was originally a symbol of French royalty. This design goes particularly well in a room decorated in a French provincial style, but it is equally at home among New Orleans Mardi Gras decor.
Modern floral patterns tend to be different from traditional floral patterns in that they are not as realistic looking. Modern floral patters are usually big and bold with repetitive elements or unusual colours. Design Sponge shows an example of a modern floral design.
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