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Decorate for Easter with flowers and folk art

Create bold, bright and cheerful displays this Easter with naïve folk art, Eastern European antiques and fresh spring flowers

Folk art vases and vessels used to display fresh flowers

We’re all for celebrating any event or occasion at the moment (hello Pancake DayValentines Day and Mother’s Day!) and Easter is absolutely no exception. Whether you create an eye-catching display on a sideboard or mantelpiece, create a DIY Easter tree or go all-out with a folk-themed Easter table, here, we show you how to incorporate spring flowers and cheerful folk art into your 2021 spring decorating scheme.

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Use a colourful folk art bench as storage in a hallway or on a landing

This Transylvanian bench with a cheery floral design will bring a joyful mood to your hallway this spring. It doubles as a storage box, so is ideal for stashing shoes and other clutter!

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A floral Transylvanian bench used as storage for shoes and other homewares. Embroidered cushions line the bench and ceramic plates are mounted on the wall

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Create a colourful Easter display with vintage ceramics and fresh spring flowers

Celebrate Easter with a vibrant and colourful display of folk art pieces, vintage items with hand-detailed decoration, fresh spring flowers and a scattering of painted eggs. 

Folk art vases and vessels used to display fresh flowers
A collection of vintage bowls, vases and jugs filled with spring flowers.

3

Give your dining room a folk art makeover in time for Easter

Give your dining room a pattern makeover with an array of different wallpaper designs, overlapping to create a patchwork. Polish Pajaki chandeliers also make eye-catching Easter centrepieces.

A colourful dining room filled with an array of wallpaper designs to create a patchwork effect

Where to buy a Pajaki

Create a stunning display above your Easter table with one of these beautiful handmade Polish Pajakis

Coral and silver paper Pajaki chandelier, £25, Trouva.
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Coral and silver paper Pajaki chandelier, £25, Trouva.

Bright Blossom chandelier, £36, Meri Meri.

Bright Blossom chandelier, £36, Meri Meri.

Pajak mobile chandelier DIY kit, £30, So Creative Company at Not on the High Street.
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Pajak mobile chandelier DIY kit, £30, So Creative Company at Not on the High Street.

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Create a DIY Easter tree

Make an Easter tree using twigs gathered together and arranged in a large antique earthenware pot. Hang handmade decorations from the budding twigs and display on a sideboard with chocolate treats.

An Easter tree gathered in a large earthenware pot

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Use an antique dresser to create a seasonal display of colourful kitchenalia

A statement antique folk art piece like this handmade Russian cupboard is a decorative as well as practical addition to any living space. The top section opens to reveal a dresser-style display, where colourful dining and kitchenware accessories are gloriously on show.

A statement antique folk art Russian cupboard

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Layer up textiles to create a folk-style bedroom

Create a folk-style bedroom by layering the bed with antique and vintage embroidered quilts, throws and a heap of cushions. A rustic stool makes a sweet bedside table and the pom pom tassel garlands add a celebratory touch.

A folk-style bedroom layered with antique and vintage quilts and throws

How to create a blissful bedroom

Create your dream area for sleep and relaxation with our guide to bedroom design and perfectly planned colour schemes, plus tips on how to choose the best bed for a good night’s sleep.

Upstairs, Maria used Calamine by Farrow & Ball as the backdrop for the main bedroom, where the bedside table is vintage Heal’s and the lampshade is by Susan Deliss.

The best folk-style bedspreads and eiderdowns

Nothing makes a bed look more inviting than a collection of colourful bedspreads, blankets and eiderdowns! Here are some of our favourites…

Printed quilted pink velvet double bedspread, £135, Oliver Bonas.
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Printed quilted pink velvet double bedspread, £135, Oliver Bonas.

Brynne quilt, from £168, Anthropologie.
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Brynne quilt, from £168, Anthropologie.

Cut out work cotton bedspread, £275, Raj Tent Club.

Cut out work cotton bedspread, £275, Raj Tent Club.

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Make a virtue of your linen cupboard

Give your linen cupboard a spring spruce by arranging your collection of vintage eiderdowns, antique embroidered cloths and cushion covers on shelves tripped with lengths of decorative ribbon.

A linen cupboard arranged with a collection of vintage eiderdown
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Photographs: Katya de Grunwald
Styling: Selina Lake