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Decorate with blooms

Thinking of updating your house for spring? Florals are a fabulous way to freshen up your home and celebrate the new season.

Whether bold and painterly or ditsy and pretty, florals are one of 2016's hottest trends and they are ever so easy to bring into your home  -  thanks to Sainsbury's. Their new Springtime Bloom collection of home accessories is teeming with flowers and blossoms in soft shades of pink and purple.

"Inspired by the romantic glamour of the Edwardian era, this elegant trend mixes floral chinoiserie prints for a pretty, feminine look," says Andrew Tanner, who is Head of Home Design at Sainsbury's.

The easiest way to work the trend is to scatter pretty floral cushions across your living room. Mix and match beautiful, hand-painted blooms with foulard prints and tiny blossoms, coordinating colours to tie off the look.

Echo the theme across your room with artwork, greenery displays and votive candles  - those featuring florals encased in clear gel are particularly pretty. Faux flowers are also ideal to add a splash of colour at the beginning of the year when most plants are not yet in bloom.

For a vintage feel, combine prints with intricate embroidery, tinted-glass vases and delicate lace. "Sainsbury's Springtime Bloom range comprises home accessories, cushions and bedding in delicate, water-colour shades of lavender, rose and sage bedecked with lace, embroidery and beaded finishes," explains Andrew, who suggests: "Layer different textures to create a tactile style through throws and cushions."

This works especially well in the bedroom, where florals are perfect to introduce a fresh seasonal twist. Pair crisp, flower-strewn bedlinen with plush throws and scatter cushions in soft pastel shades to give your bed a romantic makeover.

To add a beautiful focal point in a snap, arrange faux flowers in graceful ceramic and glass vases on your bedside cabinet. Pretty, scented pomanders are the perfect final touch that will give your room a delicate fragrance.

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