Decoding the Dark Botanicals trend

JUN 9, 2020 | By Sonia Dutt and Sakshi Rai

Bring home the outdoors on cold winter days with hues borrowed from exotic and unblemished flora lying deep within the folds of nature—each promising to enchant and mystify in equal measure. Trend & Style Prediction by Sonia Dutt. 

Marble bust from Stone Art, ₹75,000; “Whispering Grove” in cotton linen (projected on bust) from Cotton & Satins, ₹1,895 per mtr; “Bus Green” paint in plastic base by Dulux from Taneja Paints & Hardware, ₹370 per ltr; Dried flowers from Moon River, price on request; Plastic Spider Toy (pack of 10) from Maharani Department Store, ₹300; “Borosil Beakers” from Amazon, ₹149 onwards; Exotic flowers from The Flora Studio, price on request; “Bee Button” in fabric from The Prakaash Collection, ₹40


Bask in the quiet solitude of a shadowed lair as we go wild with a plethora of tropical prints in saturated shades

Photograph by S Thiru

The Contemporary Collection – Fabrics by Cole & Son is a refreshing take on traditional coverings such as wallpapers and upholstery. Drape your home in modern classics such as the lusciously leafy Palm Jungle, the conversational toile de jouy Versailles Grand and the iconic paisley motif reimagined in Colour Box Velvet. These textiles, in striking, dramatic palettes of viridian and petrol, range from crispy cottons to rich velvets, and can be used in a variety of applications.

Photograph by S Thiru

Step away from simplistic surfaces and subdued celebrations to rejoice with vibrantly speckled patterns on decorative wallpapers

“Bus Green” paint in plastic base by Dulux from Taneja Paints & Hardware, ₹370 per ltr; “Dejeuner” non woven by Wall&Deco from Sources Unlimited, ₹1,000 per sq ft; “Papilon”, “Night Safari” and “Paridiso”; all by Raseel Gujral Ansal from Casa Pop, price on request; “Issoria-Jade” non woven by Designers Guild from Seasons Furnishings, price on request; “Floribunda” collection by Clarke & Clarke from Maishaa, ₹10,090 (per 10 mtr); “Palm” and “Rafale” by Wall&Deco from Sources Unlimited; ₹1,000 per sq ft each; “La Voilliere Peacock Charcoal” by Cotton & Satins, ₹285 per sq ft

Ring in the festivities with a versatile mix of classic as well as contemporary floral motifs to make a bold statement 

“Cabbage” ceramic bowl by Bordallo Pinheiro from Vista Alegre, ₹950; “Spring To Life” porcelain cake tray by Cotton & Satins, ₹2,750; “Black Attitude” wooden cabinet collection by Momenti from Ottimo, ₹2,50,000; “Bushes” embroidered cotton cushion by Sarita Handa, ₹3,950; Wooden chest upholstered with fabric from Beyond Designs, price on request; “Gisela Black” porcelain dinner plate from Devnow, ₹690; “Peony” flutes (set of six) from Moon River, ₹15,000; Photography by