Not Just a Spring Thing
It’s nearly spring; flowers are blooming, birds are singing. The melodious birds make me think of the many possibilities for bird images in interior decor. Wallpaper and fabrics with bird motifs and patterns add beauty, interest and whimsy. If you’re a nature and bird lover, you’ll find an abundance of options to incorporate images of this feathered, flying favorite. The designs and motifs can be a delight to anyone.
Wallpaper, Fabrics, and more
Wallpaper designs that incorporate bird motifs sometimes include simply birds of various sorts. When depicted among branches, leaves, and flowers, the designs offer a visual cornucopia of garden pleasures:
Thibaut wallpaper, Barron pattern in brown.
Some on the subtler side…
In this bedroom, designed by Michael S. Smith, the custom-colored hand-painted wallpaper by de Gournay is an elegantly whimsical element in the romantic and cozy scheme. (From House Beautiful.)
Wallpaper from Brunschwig & Fils is an avian delight for a flight of stairs: (Designer Anne Page; from Tradition Home.)
In this grouping of wallpaper selections, the items are shown in muted and achromatic versions. (Check sources for additional colorways.) The lampshade is decidedly ‘birdie’.
1. Osborne & Little, “Laguna” from the Grand Tour collection. 2. Louise Body “Garden Birds” design. 3. House Sparrow Lampshade from MissPrint. 4. From Schumacher: “Oiseaux et Fleurs”. 5. Cole & Sons “Tropical Birds” from the Frontier collection.
A pendant lamp from Conran USA scores high on the whimsical chart. I can see it matched with the wallpaper shown:
Top: From the Parisian atelier of Mathieu Challières: La Grande Voliere Pendant Shade at The Conran Shop. Bottom: Thibaut “Little Bird” pattern from the Spring Lake collection.
Designers use the theme…
The wallpaper and fabric designs of Australian designer Florence Broadhurst are enjoying renewed recognition and a resurgence in popularity. Created between the years 1959 and 1977, the patterns are being reproduced and reissued by Signature Prints. Of the many patterns, here are three with avian related motifs:
Clockwise from top-left: Room with Peacock Feathers pattern; Peacock Feathers pattern from the Glamour Collection; Cockatoos; Egrets. The latter two from the Brooklyn Brownstone collection. Some patterns are also available in fabrics.
Designer Katie Leede has created the “Ra” collection of Egyptian themed fabric patterns, two shown here:
I’ve shown the avian design “Isis” in “carob” (on the left) matched with the Papyrus pattern in “amulet” (on the right).
The Isis pattern has been used for upholstery and curtains in this room example.
From Ethan Allen:
Cantata in Red
To the Trade fabrics:
You can find these and more at Calico Corners:
On the left: “Aviary” in robin from the Thomas Paul collection. On the right: “Tucker Resist” in indigo.
Pillows can add a delightful avian touch:
More for the wall…
From Sundance online:
“Birds of a Feather Tiles”, top; “For the Birds Wall Rack”, bottom.
Enjoy food and drink with plates and mugs with bird images:
Kate Spade Wickford China. Sandpiper accent plate on the left. Enjoy your coffee with bird image in hand: Sandpiper mug.
Delightful, colorful avian image dinner plates from Anthropologie:
Bluebird on the left; Hummingbird on the right.
Casting their spell
Bird patterns can captivate our imagination, and add alluring patterns to a decor — as well as a bit of color.