April showers bring May flowers, and while that adage is definitely true outdoors in the garden, 2017 is embracing floral motifs in a big way indoors as well.

There is nothing quite like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers to add the perfect finishing touch to a room. Flowers offer natural beauty with a side of optimism and a sprinkle of joy!

Like any other trend in home design, adding some blooms to your space can be done in a variety of different ways, each uniquely beautiful.

Casual country chintz – Grandma’s parlor used to be swathed in floral chintz, and if you want to recreate that feeling, there’s no better way. However, with plenty of neutral space for balance, a little bit of chintz goes a long way toward reinventing the coziness of a country cottage with a modern sensibility. Add a cup of tea and a good book, and it looks and feels like heaven.

Midcentury floral – Midcentury versions of floral motifs are decidedly bolder with deep contrasts. They present with a more graphic look, feeling more modern than sweet.

Modern florals – On trend florals add sophistication and drama with a stylized look. Watercolor techniques have been hot of late, and bring a fresh new feeling to flowers in home design.

Florals are both traditional and timeless and can feel modern and up to date. If concern about an overly feminine space crosses your mind, consider that a bit of balance is key. To veer toward the masculine a bit more, add graphic art to a room with floral elements, and make sure to include some black accents to ground the space.

If you are ready to go all out with a floral motif, wallpapers, window treatments, accents and fabrics abound in the marketplace to make your flowery dreams come true. If caution prevails, consider adding a floral throw pillow or print.