Tip of the Week
Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns.
“Patterns are hot, hot, hot,” said Cathie Pliess, program coordinator of design for The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a certified interior designer. “Look for oversized patterns in bold colors on a white background.”
Spring design is trending to naturals - florals, ethnic patterns, textures. “We are all so tied to the digital world that we crave spaces reminding us of the organic physical world,” said Juli Sproules, an interior designer and faculty member at The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.
Here are some tips on this year’s spring trends and how to use them to update your home easily and without spending a fortune.
This year, florals are big and bright - think tropical blooms, not delicate wildflowers. Go to your local botanical garden, or visit a florist for inspiration. “Floral patterns can bring color and life into a room,” says Sproules.
Patterns are also becoming more inspired by global design. “This includes motifs with influences from African, Mexican and Islamic design stylized patterns, often in oversized translation,” Pliess notes.
Mix, not match
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures. “Patterns used in a room - stripes, florals, hand-painted designs or geometric prints - shouldn’t be too ‘matchy-matchy,’” Pliess says. “Instead, juxtapose old and new, soft and rough, various textures and patterns, like it’s been collected over time.”
Sparkle it up
Bring in this season’s metallics trend with warm bronzy colors. “You can mix metallics now too - perhaps a soft rubbed bronze with highly polished silver or nickel,” says Sproules.
Blue is the hue. The cool calmness of blue makes it the hot home-selling color for spring. From navy to turquoise, set off blue with natural brights - unexpected colors inspired by nature, like the rich purple of a cut gemstone, the orange-red of tropical fruit or watermelon pink.
Did You Know
You can display a small group of whatever you collect - teacups, books, brass or carved wood pieces, vases, pottery, photos, even gloves or shoes. If you don’t have a collection, start one by visiting flea markets or tag sales. Pick three or five items and arrange on a shelf, on top of a night stand or console table, in an unused fireplace, or in the middle of the coffee table.
To bring together disparate elements and create a holistic, curated space, select a pattern that picks up elements of colors, textures, and shapes already in the room. Then use it in easy, inexpensive accents such as using a dramatically patterned wall covering on one wall with the other walls painted in one color pulled from the wall covering. Or, add pillows in a variety of patterns and textures that complement and contrast.
Pollinating insects like butterflies and bees are crucial for vegetable development. With squash, for instance, you can have lush vines and leaves topped off with stellar large flowers, but if those flowers aren’t pollinated, no squash will develop. Beneficial insects are also important because they target and organically control many pests, like the tomato hornworm for example.
- National Garden Bureau
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