Ah, the refreshing colors of spring time. What a wonderful way to shake off the winter blues. (If only the Maryland weather would stop weaving back and forth between winter and summer and give us a real spring already!)
|Pantone’s Spring 2012 Top Colors|
Whew! There are some bright colors in that line up, right? But before you start thinking how you could ever use such a bold color line up in your home without going crazy, here are some quick tips on how you can tastefully update the feel of your home.
In the picture above you can see a wall color in the same family as the trending Margarita, a throw blanket in the same family as the Tangerine Tango, and colors along the same line as Starfish mixed throughout. There is even a pastel version of Solar Power in the pillows! See, that isn’t so bad now is it?Tip 1: Update the pieces of the design that are easy to change out when you get tired of them.
Throw pillows and blankets, vases, paint, flowers, and other accessories are easy to change out (and easy to find inexpensively in the trending colors).
If you want to play a bit with paint but don’t want to repaint your whole home every single time the trends change, just choose a small wall in the space. Accent it with a bright paint color and some simple artwork to create a focal point (a especially great idea with rooms that don’t automatically lend you a focal point through architecture).Tip 2: The pieces that aren’t easy to change out keep in classic, natural, neutral colors.
Floors, large pieces of furniture…the staples of the room are great to keep in your classic colors. Colors you will never tire of. Colors that act like a backdrop for the rest of the space’s design.
This does not
, however, limit you to only
using grey, brown, black, white, taupe, or…the most overused basic neutral of them all…beige for these staples! Grab some colors that I call natural neutrals. The colors you see constantly in nature. When has Mother Nature ever been anything but stylish?Tip 3: Trust your gut.
Too many times I see a stylish dressed woman who claims to have no sense of color choice or design. Yet her home is beautiful and shows off her sense of style.
|This is NOT you!|
You know what you like. You pull together stylish outfits on a daily (or almost daily) basis. You can immediately point out what you do not like in any form of design. You can tell when proportions are off, when colors don’t mesh, etc… Trust yourself with pulling together the design of your home as well.
If you need an extra set of eyes for the more challenging areas or to back up your choices, go for it! But don’t stress out if you’re choosing the right shade off white (trust me, out of the thousands of shades, a few hundred of them will work perfectly!)Tip 4: Throw out the rule book and have fun!
There is no tried and true rule book of home design. Find what you like and go for it. If you’re concerned about over doing it, follow a guideline (NOT A RULE) that my mother gave me for pulling together an outfit: 1 or 2 fun things plus classic pieces.
Flats – classic
Blazer – classic
White top with gentle feminine cut – classic
Denim – classic
Diamonds – classic
Bright yellow purse – fun
And this outfit can take you anywhere from a family picnic to all but the fanciest of restaurants.
Neutral color palette – classic
Pops of orange – fun
Traditional shaped furniture – classic
Solid color drapes – classic
Barn door entertainment center – fun
And doesn’t this room look bright, refreshing, welcoming, and comfortable? Better yet, does it look like someone could actually live in it?
Don’t be afraid to throw in little oddities (example in picture above) that speak to you, call your name and whisper to you ‘you know you want to!’ The best way to tell when a house has become a home is when you do a blind sight/sound/touch test. Bring in a friend who has never seen your home. Don’t tell them it’s your home. See if they can tell you live there by the way you designed it. A house only becomes a home when it has your personality stamped on it.
There, I hope that helps some! What ideas do you have? Any tips to share? Do you have some great pictures of how you incorporated trending colors into your home design? (Please share!)
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know!