Spring home trend alert
Out with the cold, in with the new! Spring is here and we can’t wait to incorporate some fresh, spring-inspired trends into our home to warm things up and liven up our living space. Whether you’re looking for simple ways to refresh your home or need some redecoration inspiration, check out our list of some of the top home decor trends for spring.
Play with patterns
Patterns are popping up everywhere this spring – on accessories, home accents, rugs and furniture. We suggest incorporating this trend -- which has also been appearing on runways -- into your home decor this season. If you have neutral couches, think about jazzing about your family room with a patterned rug, or opting to add a few striped or checked throw pillows to liven up your more basic furniture.
Pantone's color of the year for 2011 is honeysuckle, a vibrant reddish-pink, which we think is perfect for spring. Give your space a warm and pretty glow with pink accessories. From cushions and vases, to wall decals, towels and candleholders, opt for smaller accessories and decor items that can give every room a pop of pink. Pink isn't a color to paint an entire room in, but it's a stylish accent shade that's making its way into homes everywhere this season.
Spring style for your home is all about reusing, recycling and reclaiming where you can in an effort to go greener. But eco-chic decor doesn't have to mean boring or less-than-stylish. Whether you seek out fairly traded furniture or make sure the next bookcase you buy was made with reclaimed wood, green is the way to go this spring. If you prefer to go the DIY route, think about new uses for old items that would normally get tossed.
- Repaint an old stool (in honeysuckle) and use it to store neatly folded towels in the bathroom.
- Drop tea lights into mason jars for ornate candle holders with a vintage feel.
- Turn old brooches and pins that you never wear into magnets by removing the pin and affixing a strong magnet to the back with craft glue.
- Instead of buying new end tables or chairs, paint your old ones in a bold shade to liven up a room and give tired pieces new life.
Mix and match
As winter fades away and warmer weather makes its much-appreciated arrival, we're seeing a lot of mixing and matching of new and vintage looks where spring style is concerned. Scour antique markets, vintage stores and even garage sales to find unique pieces that you can incorporate into your decor. Whether it's an ornate vintage mirror hanging in a more modern, minimalist space or an antique dining table set with modern place settings, use your imagination to create the old-and-new look that's right for your home.
If you've shied away from wallpaper in the past or just never thought to use it, now's your chance. Wallpaper is making its way back onto home decor radar with a vengeance. Don't be afraid to go with a bolder pattern -- the bolder the walls, the less you need to adorn them. Most of your design work is done for you when you find a stylish, patterned yet tasteful wallpaper.
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