William Morris – A True British Creative
Born in 1834, William Morris was an English poet, novelist, social activist and textile designer. Associated with the Pre-Raphaelites and part of the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he aided the revival of traditional British textile arts and production methods. In the literary world his contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre that is still prominent today. He had a great love for medieval culture, and from this, he drew inspiration for his wallpapers, fabrics and tapestries.
One of his most popular textiles, now exhibited at the V&A Museum, was The Forest tapestry. This enchanting piece showed animals amongst the swirl of leaves and woodland flowers, creating a powerful story scene. Morris often used elements of the natural world within his work, thus creating a romantic and whimsical look and feel. This interior theme is still popular today and can be recreated with carefully considered detailing.
Apply Morris’ design approach to your home by using delicate floral patterns for upholstery fabrics, printed illustrations on walls or cushions and crystal chandeliers. Create an eclectic feel by adorning your room with unexpected touches – hang mismatched mirrors as a gallery wall, find unusual ornaments and furniture pieces, such as a statement armchair, in antique shops, and create an otherworldly atmosphere by draping fairy lights.
We may not all have access to extravagant tapestries, but by using Morris’ influence in a contemporary way, with delightful finishing touches, and incorporating a natural and fantastical theme throughout, we can continue this beautiful way of decorating our homes.
To see how we would use this décor trend within our living spaces, please visit our Fairy Tale Pinterest board.
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