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Style Spotlight: Floral Fabrics for Spring

With spring blooming all around us, it’s only natural to want to bring some of the beauty of botanicals into your home. Floral fabrics are the perfect medium to do just that. Inspired by the bright colors and intricate designs created by nature itself, floral prints are enduring classics that come in a range of traditional and modern styles.</br></br><strong>A Timeless Design </strong></br></br>Floral prints and designs can be seen in a wide range of styles and environments, simply because they have been around for so long. These motifs <a title="MET Museum" href="https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hi/hi_flmotx.htm" target="_blank">stretch across history</a> from the ancient silks of Turkey and floral fabrics of feudal Japan, to the French upholstery of the 1400s and traditional Chinese lotus and peony brocades.</br></br>Different cultures often emphasized designs of specific flowers that had meaning in their society. For example, China’s <a title="The World of Chinese" href="http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2014/03/the-meaning-of-flowers/" target="_blank">lotus flowers</a> are traditionally associated with Buddha and symbolize purity, Italy’s white <a title="Life in Italy" href="http://www.lifeinitaly.com/potpourri/meaning-flowers-italy" target="_blank">chrysanthemums</a> signify sorrow and, in the UK, red <a title="British Legion" href="http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/how-the-nation-remembers" target="_blank">poppies</a> represent remembrance.</br></br><strong>Modern Twists on Florals</strong></br></br>While these flowers might still hold special meaning for some, in modern design different floral motifs are chosen primarily for appearance. In fact, many floral prints are stylized to the extent that they no longer resemble a particular species of flower.</br></br>Florals are also altered to match modern design in the color palettes they feature. You can find these prints in just about any color and in a range of hues. While fabrics with realistic floral designs can suit more traditional spaces, these variations on shape, color and style can bring the classics up to date and make them relevant to current styles and design trends.</br></br><strong>Easy, Flowery Additions</strong></br></br>With such a variety of prints that can add a vibrant accent to a room, there are a number of easy ways to add florals to your home.</br></br><a title="Floral Throw Pillows" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bed/bed-bath/pillows-shams/decorative-pillows/" target="_blank">Floral throw pillows</a> can be great accessories to use as accents on sofas, beds or chairs. These are available in a huge range of styles, and have the advantage of being very simple to move and store if you want to switch them out. Floral curtains are also relatively easy additions, and can offer a bold splash of flowery color to any room. Alternately, for those who change sheets and blankets seasonally, <a title="Floral Bedding Sets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bed/bed-bath/bedding/" target="_blank">floral bedding</a> can be a nice touch for lighter warm-weather linens.</br></br>Any of these pieces could help to brighten up your home for spring and add a classic design element to your space. Of course, regardless of what sort of floral décor or accents you add to your spaces, incorporating the real thing is always a nice touch as well.
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