Tulips feel like Spring. While we wait for fresh cut tulips from the farmer’s market, why not hang some tulip prints and bring spring into your home? The prints below would look refreshing in a powder room or calming in a master bedroom. You can arrange them in a group of three prints – using different sizes would add a nice element to the display. Playing with frame sizes and frame styles also gives a great effect when using very simple prints. You can also use each print individually on a smaller wall. I like to make a paper cutout of the same frame size I will be putting on the wall first and tape it to the wall (using masking tape). I leave the paper on the wall until I am ready to commit — can be a few days and that’s OK. Walk by it, stare at it and when you’re ready, go for it! Your home is your canvas, enjoy!
And the most expensive of all is the tulip Semper Augustus. The story goes that after tulips were brought in Europe from Turkey in 1554, the Tulipomania started. Holland was the epicenter of this love affair with tulips. Watercolors like the one you see below were compiled in small booklets (only 47 are left in the world today) to show prospective clients the multiple kinds of tulip bulbs available.
Semper Augustus Water Color – Anonymous 17th-century Dutch Painter
This particular print can be seen in the book entitled, “Great Tulip Book: Den Manuasier-S. Augustus Jacot” located at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, USA.
Below are some other beautiful tulip prints from various vintage tulip books…