Decorating with Botanical Prints

Floral designs for the home have a new attitude, with vivid blooms that pop against dark backgrounds

1. Take Note

Send a beautiful greeting with these botanical illustrations—replicas of vintage educational charts. The 16 folded notecards are 4½ -by-6 inches, and the envelopes come in eight designs. Find them at the Paper Source in Bethesda for $14.95 per box (301-215-9141;


2. Tropical Trend

Dramatic black gives a stylish update to the wildly popular banana leaf print. This wallpaper makes a statement in a large or small room. The Banana Leaf pattern (#AT7071) from York Wallcoverings is $47.99 per roll, through Rockville Interiors (301-424-1900;


3. Under the Sea

On a backdrop of deep, dark blue, the Waterblooms rug would be beautiful on the floor, or displayed on a wall like a tapestry. It is offered in six sizes, priced from $98 to $1,598 through Anthropologie in Chevy Chase (301-654-1481;


4. Pretty Petals

So eye-catching that you won’t want to cover them up with food, the Poppy Botanical salad plates feature vivid blooms on black. They are 8¾ inches in diameter, made of decal-glazed stoneware, and dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Mixed-design sets of four are $49.50 at Pottery Barn in Bethesda (301-654-1598;


5. On Display

If you want a touch of floral noir in your home, but can’t commit to wallpaper or draperies, affordable wall art is a great option. The Botanical Study Art piece is a 40-inch-wide by 30-inch-high stretched-cotton canvas with decorative nail-head trim. It’s available at Pier One in Rockville for $169 (301-230-9028;


6. Updated Classic

The Donegal pattern—a traditional botanical print in bright, modern shades of green and hot pink on charcoal—comes in both wallpaper and printed fabric. Part of York’s Monterey collection, it is priced at $49 per roll for the wallpaper and $97 per yard for the fabric, through Sabun Home in Bethesda (301-656-2302;

Carolyn Weber lives in Silver Spring and frequently writes about architecture and home design.

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