Go dotty for spring florals

Breeze from spring into summer with a floral fabric and paper like Lamorna, from Sanderson's new collection for Spring 2013.
Breeze from spring into summer with a floral fabric and paper like Lamorna, from Sanderson's new collection for Spring 2013.

Now the sun’s just started to put in an appearance and spring flowers are shyly opening their petals, it’s a breeze to pop some spring-like touches around the house.

It’s never been more tempting than to do it with fabric and wallpaper as the new florals and fun Fifties-style motifs are perfect for brightening up your interiors to reflect the new light flooding in,

They’re in sweet colours on a white or light background so they sing - lipstick scarlet and pink, Wedgewood blue, lime-green and sunshine yellow.

Fifties themes are still very much in vogue with sweetness to the fore - so if you’ve got a cushion, sheets or bed cover, lampshade or ceramic vase featuring roses, rosebuds, polka dots, hearts, lovers, poodles or anything Parisian like the Eiffel tower, dig it out and get it on display.

Iconic brand Sanderson - see its latest collections in the windows and inside in pattern books at K.Watkin in Red Lion Streeet, Spalding - is leading the way with ever more inventive frivolities. This year there’s a paper and fabric dotted with flyaway balloons alongside other patterns scattered with garden and wild flowers, ferns and leaves.

Bring Spring indoors in the shape of fresh-cut spring flowers or bowls of spring bulbs you can watch coming into bloom so freely available in fenland markets.

Decorators often move their furniture and soft furnishings around on a temporary or seasonal basis and it’s a great idea to try things in different positions as well as to have a change of curtains or blinds so that this month or next you can take down the heavy winter ones and replace them with something lighter.