Who doesn't love a good comeback story? And while some of the most compelling often involve celebrities (Elvis and Judy Garland, to name but two), a good interiors return to form can be just as satisfying. Our current favourite involves a staple of 1980s interiors – the blousy floral. Before the 1990s arrived and we were encouraged to 'chuck out the chintz', bold florals ran rampant through our homes. And now, in a movement driven by major fashion houses such as Gucci and Moschino, they are growing popular once more.
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Inspired by this floral renaissance, Linwood has delved into its archives to serve up new interpretations of some of its best-loved prints. Together, they make up the Belleville collection.
‘We’ve noticed that people are more interested in colour and pattern,’ says Ella Richards, Head of Design at Linwood. ‘So for this season, we wanted to create a colourful print collection. We decided to produce this on the finest linen, which lends itself to the most perfect curtains or blinds but will also work beautifully on sofas and chairs, allowing customers to use prints throughout their homes.’
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Like all the prints in the collection, this chinoiserie-influenced linen is a hand-painted interpretation of an archival design. It's available in various colours, including this verdant Jade.
Take maximalism a step further with this bold colour-on-colour approach. Ella is quick to sing the praises of Miji's Tomato variant. 'It is a lovely warming colour that can look classic or contemporary depending on the interior,' she enthuses. 'Arguably more versatile than a more classic red, tomato is vibrant but sophisticated.'
'Kahanu an archival design, circa 1900 – the original fabric had a chintz finish,' says Ella. 'It's quite unusual in that it depicts tropical foliage and roses together, and the original was wider width than a standard fabric so we think it may have been specially commissioned.'
This red and blue colourway mimics the colours of the original, and the in-house team at Linwood has also optedto give it the same chintz finish to replicate the feel of the archival fabric.
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This decadent floral is ideal for dramatic floor-to-ceiling curtains. It's shown in Midnight, but also comes in Red Carpet, Sorbet, Bouquet and a softer Cornflower blue.
Discover the full collection at linwoodfabric.com.