This article is part of our latest Design special section, about spaces inspired by nature.
It is not your imagination. There really is a trend in floral-patterned housewares — and not just wispy little blossoms on wall coverings, but giant botanicals that boldly sate our hunger for natural beauty after more than two years of staring into space. Flowers are popping up on dishes, twining around vases, sprawling on tiles and growing underfoot on carpets. Creatures of a higher order (birds, monkeys, jungle cats, farm animals) are joining them, as well as scenic companions (waves, rocks, clouds). “It is scientifically proven that grounding yourself in nature helps people feel balanced and happy,” said Daun Curry, a New York City interior designer who grew up in Florida and has been known to cover walls with massive plant motifs. “Palm trees feel very natural and nostalgic to me.”