5 Spring Decor Trends to Brighten Your Home Now

posted: 05/12/15
by: Blythe Copeland
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Furnishing your home with a neutral color scheme may feel boring when you're doing it--but then you have an almost blank canvas you can play with each season, layering in colors, patterns, textiles, and accessories that take advantage of the trends (while keeping your home's personality intact). If you're ready to ditch your winter look in favor of a spring makeover, read on for five easy ways to spruce up your home.

1. Follow fashion

The easiest way to spot a home trend is by watching the runways: Take your cues from big-name designers, and then look for similar ideas in decor. This season's most popular fashions include gingham--perfect as napkins to add a hint of summer picnic to your dining room; bright citron yellow, which works as accent pillows on your patio or as an eye-catching lamp base; and high-contrast black and white, a classic pairing for an investment piece (think graphic chair, stylish kitchen backsplash, or large-scale artwork)

2. Pick blooms

Nothing says spring like pretty florals--but these aren't your grandmother's dowdy prints. Modernize your floral attraction by looking for large-scale prints made with just a few colors: cream on bright pink, sleek gray on pale blue, big blooms on crisp white. If you're still not convinced, try them on pillows or curtains you can easily swap out later; go bigger by looking for statement floral wallpaper to use in your dining room, powder room, or stairway

3 Choose seasonal colors

Pantone's Color of the Year is marsala, a brownish-red that doesn't exactly scream spring. But the rest of the company's suggested palatte for the season is full of pretty, nature-inspired shades: Think cool blues and greens, rosy pink, citrusy orange and yellow, sandy tan, and nautical navy and gray. Don't underestimate the value of a can of spray paint, either: A quick coat can turn faded brass candlesticks, ugly lamp bases, dated ceramic objects, and thrifted picture frames into trendy (and inexpensive) additions to your spring decorating arsenal.

4. Shine on

Metallics never really go out of style, but recently they've been back in a big way. And you don't just have to stick to one, either: Mix and match gold, silver, bronze, champagne, and pewter on lamps, side tables, frames, and vases. As designer Michelle Jennings Wiebe told Elle Decor , "These finishes continue to provide a sophisticated sense of drama and elegance to any environment."

5. Lacquer up

Rich, luxe lacquer adds a glossy touch to any room. Look for it on small items like coffee table trays, storage boxes, and mirrors, or make an even bigger impact by using it to cover large pieces of furniture, walls, or cabinets for a can't-miss shine.