Helpful tips on how to use springs hottest ideas.
By Sunshine Menefee
Spring is in the air…
2016 is all about mindfulness and stress free living and this spring is no better time to dive into the sea of tranquility. But with so many interior design trends out there, it’s hard to know how to translate them into reality and which ones to keep. We’ve pared down this season’s hottest trends and laid out a guide to help you pull together a look that will celebrate your home and personality.
The leading expert on color, Pantone has done something it’s never done before. It has named two colors as color(s) of the year. Serenity is an inviting, tranquil blue that is very versatile in the home. It gives sense of water and sky, which is perfect for refreshing a room for spring. Make it a focal point by dedicating a wall in your living room to this enigmatic color for a soothing effect and peaceful backdrop to a hectic life. Or have a pair of chairs upholstered in solid, soft velvet for ultimate comfort.
Feminine, but not too frilly is the perfect description of this beige with a hint a pink. Rose Quartz, Pantone’s other color(s) of the year, strikes a delicate balance to the masculinity of Serenity Blue. This warm tone softens sharp features and gives a classic touch. Use this soft blush as an accent on a vintage flea market find table for the living room or entryway. Bring it in subtly in artwork or a vignette of treasures. Be sure to repeat the color around the room to keep things cohesive.
This crisp, bright hue brings cheer to any room and is just right for spring! This exciting color stimulates mental activity which makes it perfect for an office or desk. Add golden hued accessories to your desk to get your creative juices flowing and help you concentrate. Bring in some colorful dishes and hand towels to your kitchen to evoke your inner chef. Skip this color in the bedroom if you want restful sleep.
Rose gold, copper, and brass are taking the interior design market by storm. These classic metals are being found in pendants, bathroom fixtures, and tables. They give a space a warmth that stainless steel can’t and are a throwback to by-gone eras. The glossy surfaces pair well with natural textures of wood and stone. The timeless style of these finishes will ensure they have staying power.
Mother nature is rejoicing and coming alive outside. Your home should be too. Brighten every room with a spray of flowers. Sprinkle small bouquets of muscari about to fill a room with a sweet scent. Mix tulips or peonies with greenery plucked from your yard. Use unusual containers, such as a teacup and saucer, to add a touch of whimsy. Your mood will be instantly lifted.
2016 is also about celebrating craftsmanship. Artisans take pride in their work and it shows. They love the challenge of designing a custom piece that helps make your home an expression of your family. Commission a local artist to create a one of a kind statement piece for your home. It can be anything from a sculptural wall piece to a dining room table.
As the world is becoming smaller, it’s easier to bring exotic, hand-crafted touches to your home. Hand-woven textiles from Guatemala are an extremely hot interior design trend. Use them for throw pillows or as a wall hanging. Look for textiles that are fair-trade to ensure the artists are treated justly and getting a fair wage.
Use these helpful hints to get your home ready for spring. A little refresh can go a long way. When you’re all done, don’t forget to get outside and enjoy nature’s beauty.