Style Secret: Flowers
Roses are red, violets are blue — you know the rest. Flowers, with all their romantic connotations, are as closely intertwined with this style as trailing ivy climbing a trellis. The secret to updating the floral look? Stick with items that fall in the same color family, such as a grid of framed iris prints and a pile of wisteria-patterned throw pillows. Or choose just one standout floral element and allow it to dominate: an overscale fabric, a vibrant wallpaper, a chic flowered rug.
Subtle sweetness: Instead of smothering your space with fussy floral prints, set it abloom with a simple vase or pitcher of real blossoms. Pluck flowers that feel soft and old-fashioned, such as peonies, hollyhocks, lilacs and, of course, roses.