Spring is here and it’s such an exciting time. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and everyone is getting ready for warmer weather, the renewal of life, and the reappearance of green and color everywhere. You are probably preparing your home with some spring cleaning and packing away everything from the winter season from warm clothes to heavy curtains, and darker colors. It’s time to bring the light and airy feel back to your home. There is no better way to welcome spring than to use some of its beautiful colors in your home décor. Keep reading to learn about some colors that you can incorporate in your home to make your rooms sing the sounds of spring!
This is a popular color in interior design and fashion alike. And what’s not to love? Not quite pink, but not pure orange either – coral is a great “in between” color to add some flair to your decor. Coral brings a touch of warmth to a room yet it can be the perfect bold statement as well. It’s easy to find items that you can use to decorate your home since it’s such a popular color. Bold letters, fresh flowers, accent pillows, bedding and rugs… the choices are endless. Create a little contrast with a light blue shade on the wall such as a serene blue or as a larger element of your design. You can create color schemes with grey, beige, or black in various shades of coral from salmon to rust.
Today, some people would argue that spaces should not be defined by whether it is masculine or feminine. They prefer to call it “gender-neutral” which makes sense because traditional gender lines are blurry and not as clear cut since roles that men and women play both at work and at home have shifted dramatically. More moms are going back to work or managing successful blog sites where they are the breadwinners of the family while more men are now stay at home dads who take care of the kids. Some women may navigate towards dark colors whereas some guys may be attracted to softer and lighter colors. Regardless of what design traits are considered “feminine” and what are seen as “masculine”, when it comes to decorating your home with your spouse or partner, it can be challenging to incorporate both your design styles. You may like a classic style that is timeless, and your partner may like a rustic look with lots of reclaimed wood. Or, you may like clean, angular lines, and your spouse may like curvilinear shapes. How do you combine both of your design styles in your home so that it reflects your differing personalities and tastes? How do you balance your home with a blend of simple comfort and function with beauty and elegance? Below are some tips and ideas to help you marry your style with your partners style to create a space you both love that brings you joy!
Leather with floral or damask patterns
I remember a married couple during a past design consultation who had completely different tastes. The husband loved leather and wanted to incorporate a large leather sofa in their living room which his wife insisted that it was never going to happen. They debated about it for quite some time. I finally asked the wife if she would be ok with a leather lounge chair instead of a bulky leather sofa. She acknowledged that she was fine with it and I asked her husband if he would be ok with that. He agreed as well. Sometimes, all it takes is finding a solution that works for both people without discounting the preference and taste of one person. This is also a great example of why leather is associated with masculine design traits. To bring in some softer touches, you can combine a leather sofa with throw pillows in a solid soft blue or lime green color. The pillows can have circular, tropical, or toile patterns. You can hang natural linen or sheer drapes to balance out a dark grey tufted sofa. Perhaps you have a black leather headboard in your master bedroom and you want to tone it down a bit. Add neutral bedding or a faux fur throw with a bright patterned rug to mix it up and soften it down.
When I think of Easter, I think of lovely soft pastel colors, the creative dyed and painted eggs, the cute bunnies floating around, and especially the Easter egg hunt filled with surprises. How will you be celebrating Easter on Sunday? Whether you celebrate for religious reasons or just for fun, Easter is a great time to get together with family and friends and just enjoy each other’s company. If you haven’t started decorating your home for Easter yet, don’t worry. You still have time with these easy ideas for getting your home ready in time to enjoy a stylish and fun filled Easter!
When it comes to kids and teenage rooms, decorating can be a lot of fun, especially choosing a color scheme with them that will bring out their personality. Their bedroom should be comfortable and safe for them, but also reflect who they truly are. With some guidance, you can help young kids or teenagers select colors that speak to them, even if it means they like bright orange or lime green colors which can be used on an accent wall or through accessories. You want your children to have something lively and fun that makes them happy, so give them the creative freedom to figure out what they truly enjoy and help guide them through the process. Try to stick to 2-3 warm and cool color combinations with patterns and prints to add texture to the space. If you decide that you need help putting the room together, contact an interior designer to help tie everything together cohesively. Below are some popular color schemes for kids and teenage rooms to give you some ideas.
Purple and Orange
Purple is a popular color that works well with your younger daughters as well as your older daughters. When paired with a warm vibrant color such as orange, the color combination really pops. A purple bedroom has that bold wow factor that some kids dream of, especially if the walls are painted purple. It’s all in how you tie the colors together and how you incorporate prints and patterns to the room to add texture to the space. Include at least two different shades of purple to give some contrast and interest to the color palette. You could choose the furniture in light wood tones or white painted furniture. Don’t be afraid to add in a third color such as aqua, yellow, red, or lime green in the bedding, drapes, or from accent rugs on a small scale to really mix it up.
Green is one of my favorite colors because I love nature and it’s everywhere around us. It’s a soothing and relaxing color that has been shown to improve reading ability and creativity. Also, a fun fact about the color green is that it’s used for night-vision goggles because the human eye is most sensitive to and able to recognize the most shades of that color. You can read more interesting information about the color green here.
Not only is it the color of harmony and balance, it’s also perfect for spring. With Saint Patrick’s day coming up, you can add various shades of green in your home decor without spending a lot of money (which we also associate with green). You can add a splash of green to your walls, washi tape your table lampshade, hang tropical wallpaper, or reupholster your chair just to name a few. Most importantly, pick a shade of green that you are comfortable with and that gives you joy. Below are some simple ideas that will hopefully inspire you to find your own creative ways of decorating with green in your home.
1. Paint your front door or interior doors