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Living Rooms: Botanical Artist Flora Roberts’s Poetic Wallpaper from Hamilton Weston

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Living Rooms: Botanical Artist Flora Roberts’s Poetic Wallpaper from Hamilton Weston

August 1, 2022

Flora Roberts was raised in rural southwest Scotland by parents who loved to garden. “I learned about flowers from an early age,” she tells us. Perhaps it was foretold that after studying textile design at the Glasgow School of Art and London’s Royal College of Art, Flora would find her speciality as a botanical artist. But the haunting beauty of her work is nevertheless surprising.

Based in London, Flora paints wall murals and entire rooms on commission. “I’m very inspired by historical houses and like to imagine how their atmospheric decorative schemes would work in a contemporary setting,” she told House & Garden. Flora’s art was entirely one-off until several years ago when wallpaper companies started commissioning designs. In 2020, Hamilton Weston Wallpapers issued its first collection of her work, which was such a success that another Hamilton Weston collection recently debuted.

Printed in the UK, Flora’s wallpapers are digital reproductions of her paintings. “Digital printing has become highly sophisticated, producing excellent results for fine artwork on eco-friendly substrates,” explains Ellie Iezzi of Hamilton Weston. “We’re able to accurately reproduce the delicate brush strokes and vivid colors intrinsic to Flora’s work.”

Photography by Tom Teasdale courtesy of Hamilton Weston Wallpapers, unless noted.

A look at the art that led to the wallpaper: Flora painted this magnolia mural directly on her clients&#8\2\17; walls. She continues to accept commissions and notes that she can &#8\2\20;manipulate trees and flowers to make a room appear bigger. If a more relaxed setting is required, I can use looser brushwork.&#8\2\2\1; Photograph courtesy of Flora Roberts.
Above: A look at the art that led to the wallpaper: Flora painted this magnolia mural directly on her clients’ walls. She continues to accept commissions and notes that she can “manipulate trees and flowers to make a room appear bigger. If a more relaxed setting is required, I can use looser brushwork.” Photograph courtesy of Flora Roberts.
Midnight Garden from Hamilton Weston is an ode to a John Singer Sargent painting, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,  at the Tate Museum of two young sisters in a garden at dusk. &#8\2\20;I wanted to take the essence and put it into a wallpaper,&#8\2\2\1; writes Flora, noting she used a palette similar to Sargent&#8\2\17;s but introduced different blossoms that &#8\2\20;glow and twinkle in the evening light.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: Midnight Garden from Hamilton Weston is an ode to a John Singer Sargent painting, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,  at the Tate Museum of two young sisters in a garden at dusk. “I wanted to take the essence and put it into a wallpaper,” writes Flora, noting she used a palette similar to Sargent’s but introduced different blossoms that “glow and twinkle in the evening light.”

Hamilton Weston produces most of its wallpapers to order. They’re available internationally; for US customers, the company has several retail and trade distributors across the country—email [email protected] to inquire about pricing and contacts.

Peony Garden is a Chinoiserie-inspired design. Note the two birds (lower left) Flora describes as being &#8\2\20;in quiet conversation.” Shown here in Celadon, it&#8\2\17;s also available in five other pastel backgrounds.
Above: Peony Garden is a Chinoiserie-inspired design. Note the two birds (lower left) Flora describes as being “in quiet conversation.” Shown here in Celadon, it’s also available in five other pastel backgrounds.
Flora&#8\2\17;s studies of plant life in the Dorset woodlands resulted in Spring, a loose pattern of violets, primroses, and wood anemone on a nuanced, washed background. Grisaille shown here is one of the four palette options.
Above: Flora’s studies of plant life in the Dorset woodlands resulted in Spring, a loose pattern of violets, primroses, and wood anemone on a nuanced, washed background. Grisaille shown here is one of the four palette options.
Wallpaper often pairs well with art: Camellia in Golden Yellow is layered with one of Flora&#8\2\17;s paintings.
Above: Wallpaper often pairs well with art: Camellia in Golden Yellow is layered with one of Flora’s paintings.
&#8\2\20;A complex Indian embroidery was the starting point for this design&#8\2\2\1; writes Flora. As she reworked it into a panel, the painting also began to evoke a Wildflower Meadow, &#8\2\20;the very one my father is so proud of in his garden.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: “A complex Indian embroidery was the starting point for this design” writes Flora. As she reworked it into a panel, the painting also began to evoke a Wildflower Meadow, “the very one my father is so proud of in his garden.”

Go to Hamilton Weston Wallpapers to inquire about pricing and to see more, including the company’s Marthe Armitage designs and illustrator Alice Pattullo’s first wallpaper collection of fanciful English landscapes.

Featured image: Camellia wallpaper in Sky Blue.

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