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How to brighten up your home for spring

How to... decorate for spring

With spring upon us, we can finally let go of the dark, cold winter months and leave that gloom behind. One way to leave the darkness and head into the light is by bringing sunshine into your decor. There are popular trends and simple interior design techniques to help your home blossom and experience a spring awakening!

Aloe paint color

Step 1: Feel serene with green

Green is taking over the interior design world. It's an important color, especially in springtime, as it provides a calming yet eye-catching atmosphere. Emerald is taking the spotlight in accent pieces such as throw pillows, lamps, vases and glassware. Sherwin-Williams declared “aloe” 2013’s color of the year. This paint color will work on your walls because of its fresh and youthful glow, which can make any room in your home feel breezy and sophisticated.

Tribal print throw pillows

Step 2: Go on safari

African prints are this year’s floral. African-inspired colors and textures can be as dynamic as the continent itself, capturing the deep richness of a rainforest, the soft hues of the savannah and vibrant sunrises. Quality accessories including paintings, sculpture, curtains, pillows, and throw blankets can make every room a cultural experience. These pillows are designs from Origins Style by Nasozi, blending Ugandan textiles with American fashion.

geometric

Step 3: Have geometric fun

Interior design’s 2012 love affair with geometric patterns has continued, and we love it! We’ve always enjoyed design textiles with a retro flair, and this year it’s time to take it further with high-contrast colors. Whether it be throw pillows, curtains, rugs, lampshades or other small accent pieces, fun patterns can bring excitement to a stale space. If you’re feeling bold, wallpaper is the way to go to create an accent wall that completes a room.

(Ferm Living Shop, $82)

metallic

Step 4: Try metallic magic

The perfect way to add a special shine to any space is with metallic pieces in your home decor. Good Housekeeping says gold and brass are stealing silver’s spotlight in 2013, and this spring calls for a warm, golden tone. Gold and brass metallic accent pieces give any room a fresh, on-trend look, adding sparkle and warmth, to foreshadow the summer ahead!

(Pier 1 Imports, $22.95)

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