Trend alert: The Butterfly effect

This Insta share by blogger Tolliana is right on flight.

This Insta share by blogger Tolliana is right on flight.

Soaring into our homes this season is the butterfly motif.

With a popularity that spans time, butterflies are symbolic of endurance, change, and ultimately resurrection. Spanning cultures, you'll find butterflies used in Chinese, Japanese, Indian, French, and many other decorating traditions.

A decor motif that crosses both fashion to home style and back again, butterflies were intensely popular during the Victorian era, depicted amongst florals and damask swirls, or displayed in macabre yet beautiful shadow boxes. 

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This year the trend kicks off from haute couture designer Christian Lacroix, whose moody butterfly laden wallpaper designs for Designers Guild remind us once more of the versatile masculine meets feminine appeal of this little beast.

Here's a little inspiration on how to include this high-flying trend into your decor.


Butterfly prints reminiscent of vintage chronolithographs have classic appeal and pair well with contemporary or traditional furniture.

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Recover a tired chair or ottoman in a butterfly patterned fabric. Coarse linens with vintage butterflies create a french country feeling. Or for a look of faded opulence, recover your furniture piece with burnt velvet in the same colour as the original fabric; the sheer areas will let the old fabric shine through, creating texture and depth.

For a simpler option, decorate your bed with a butterfly motif duvet cover or quilt.


Abstract butterfly wall art is a contemporary way to include a flutter of the feminine trend in any room of the house. Decor pieces such as above are customisable on installation, so your butterflies can take flight however you fancy.

Or take a twist on the traditional preserved butterflies and create a feature wall or section.


For the easiest addition, pick butterfly accessories such as mobiles, lamps, curios and ceramics.

Vintage items including real butterflies are relatively easy to find, such as trays or picture frames, but if that's a little 'real' for you, a beautiful butterfly mobile is a lighthearted design element that's no longer reserved just for kids. Hang it in a hallway or a corner of a high-stud room for the impression of flight.


Butterflies in sunset colours with repurposed map paper. #heartstringmobiles #butterflymobile #butterflydecor

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