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Classic Décor: Using Roses to Embellish Your Home

Delicate and feminine, the rose’s circle of overlapping petals composes the perfect bloom. It is no wonder that we so often select them to add splendid natural beauty to our home décor. While a fresh bouquet always brightens a room, using fabrics designed with a rose motif offers a perennial way to beautifully display this floral favorite.

Decorative roses date back to pre-historic times. The flower’s earliest known representation took place around 4000 BC, when it was engraved on silver votive medals. Perhaps because of the rose’s historical significance, it can be easily incorporated into classic décor. Textiles with rose patterned prints or embroidery blend seamlessly with antique furniture and decorative accents. Use these fabrics to upholster newer furniture, and quickly create an elegant addition with heirloom-quality appeal.

The design of the above tablecloth is reminiscent of  days of yore, while the similarly light tones in the pattern covering the chair below create a gently aged look. Either selection pairs pleasantly with yellow or green walls for a room with a garden feel that doesn’t rely too heavily on pinks and reds.


Easily complementing any neutral, roses pop against the chocolate-brown of this antique chair and beautifully serve as the primary element in the ornate curlicues of the decorative pattern.

Paler rose designs instantly create a vintage look. The pillows pictured above appear to be antique store finds, but are actually brand new!

The vivid red-and-white pattern of this toile bedspread already lends this room a classic feel. For added interest, the antique needlepoint pillow brings an effusion of roses and a touch of added color.

Needlepoint adornments often give antique furniture pieces distinct flair, and the well-preserved formal rose bouquet on this blue chair is an especially fine specimen.

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