Cherish your chintz: Grandma’s favourite print is back

Grandma’s favourite print is back. But this time round, it’s more full-on hothouse than country garden.

For the maximalist

Go all-out with quirky motifs and vivid colours


Bursts of colour and botanical prints adorn the walls and furniture, bringing this small corner of the room alive and making it feel much larger than it is. Wallpaper by Paule Marrot, £118 for a 10m roll; painted vases, from £26; cushion, £78; wall light, £115. For a similar chest of drawers, try the Optical Inlay Three-Drawer Dresser, £1,498.


In this bright, bold dining space, exotic florals decorate the upholstery and dramatic blooms are framed on walls. Dining chairs, £498 each, and table, £368, all

Prints to pick and mix

Cushion, £20,

Wallpaper, £140 for a 10m roll,

Lamp, £920,

Book, £30,

Plates, £15,

Sofa, £1,060,

For the minimalist

Think floral accents and solo statement pieces

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Decorating with bold patterns can be taken in small steps. A dash of chintz has been added to the trim of this bolster cushion and works well with the design of the bedding. Try for a similar selection of fabric trims.

Megan Taylor

Here the sofa is the main attraction, giving vibrancy to an otherwise muted space. The bold colours keep the print looking modern. Thurloe sofa in Saffron Lovebirds fabric, £2,999, For a similar coffee table, try

A hint of chintz

Plate, £12,

Bowl, £7,

Cushion, £10,

Scented candle, £49,

Hand towel, £28,

Lamp, £385,

The new rules of pattern

Mix and match patterns on your walls and furnishings. And don’t restrict yourself to English garden blooms – mash up jungle prints, tropical palms and folkwear motifs.

Bring your chintz to life by incorporating different materials into your decorating scheme. A traditional print looks fresh and modern against a light linen or velvet background, especially when combined with a bold colour.

Play around with scale: bigger prints paired with smaller ones creates a sense of balance and brings harmony to a room. Try a large-scale pattern on the walls, repeated on a smaller scale through the upholstery.

Big up the embellishments. Ditch swags and instead dial up the fringing, pleats and tassels on accessories such as mirrors and cushions. Try for a variety of fringed accessories.

Create a common theme by using a closely matched palette or shades of the same intensity in a room. Different patterns can work together if they’re the same colour.

Report by Nicole Gray