With their sweet scent, bright colours and huge variation, the rose could claim to be summer’s favourite flower. It’s also one of the most romantic, with deep red roses and rose petals being traditional symbols of love. Whether your favourite is pretty pink English garden roses, wild dog roses, climbers, deep, sultry red roses or pastel colours, bring the outside in this summer with our pick of the best rose-inspired accessories for your home.
1. Rose garden rug, Rug Couture
“I beg your pardon, I never offered you a rose garden…” Sorry, our mistake – it turns out that rose gardens are actually very accessible, in the shape of this lovely hand made to measure rug. In a choice of hand-tufted pure wool, hand knotted wool, art silk, silk or any mixture, it’s also available in a range of sizes and colours from Rug Couture. Prices start at around £250.
2. Rose petal candle, beeloved
This rose petal scented candle in recycled glass with bee motif has a delicious, light floral aroma from essential oils. These candles contain no chemicals. When the candle’s finished, wash the container out and re-use it as a tea light holder. £7.50, available from Annabel James.
3. Rose silk cushion, Le Cocon
This luxurious cushion features a contemporary rose silhouette, perfect for any conservatory or garden room. The cushion includes a duck feature pad, measures 18″ by 18″ and costs £64 (was £80) from Swanky Maison.
4. Rose creamer and sugar set, In Spaces
This simple, white porcelain sugar and creamer set features a delicate rose on the lid and handle. Ideal for afternoon tea in the garden, with the scent of honeysuckle and the droning of bees. The set also features a teapot. Was £31, now £21.70 from In Spaces.
5. Rose and bee biscuit barrel, Emma Bridgewater
Emma Bridgewater has a whole range of accessories in this pretty rose and bee pattern. This biscuit barrel has an airtight lid, and is a perfect home for those homemade shortbread biscuits to go with afternoon tea. £15, available from One Brown Cow.
6. Paper rose fairy lights, Berry Rose
An elegant chain of fairy lights made of paper roses in soft shades of pink with creamy cotton stamen, these rose lights have a lovely warm and welcoming glow and be perfect for adding a little sparkle to a summer party or a romantic feel to a bedroom. For indoor use only. £18 from Berry Red.
7. Nicky rose screen, Arthouse
This screen from Arthouse is perfect for screening off any less tidy areas of a bedroom, partitioning a room or screening off anything you don’t want on view. Its bold colour scheme and pattern of full blown roses would suit a sitting room, conservatory, garden room or bedroom and at £75 it’s a budget way of changing the look of a room.
8. Rose mug, Sophie Allport
Part of the Rose collection from Sophie Allport, this fine bone china mug features a delicate pattern of blossoms and the hand written words ‘English Rose’. Available in two sizes, prices start at £9.50. The range also includes a tea pot, crockery and kitchen textiles.
9. French style a la rose pitcher: Love from Rosie
This French style ceramic pitcher jug has a pretty floral design and features the words ‘Savon au parfum de Paris – a la rose’, and would look perfect in a kitchen or sitting room, filled with fresh garden roses. Available from Love from Rosie, priced at £24.95.
10. Vintage rose garland, Live Laugh Love
This pretty shabby chic garland features 15 cream roses, and would look lovely draped around a mirror, mantelpiece or doorway for summer party. £11.95, available from Live Laugh Love.
By Sara Walker