Spring Decorating: Whatever You Like
January 7, 2008 § 17 Comments
Those of us in the decorating business are already studying the spring color schemes and it seems that almost anything goes. We’ve got Barbara Barry’s new soft green and beige palette, a very subtle sophisticated combination similar to the ice blue/chocolate combination we’ve enjoyed over the past few years.
Then there’s Pottery Barn’s red walls with white furniture and bright yellow, orange, and lime green accents, a flashback to the ’70s but with a twist.
Chocolate brown is still hot, and this year we’re adding bold patterned furniture and pillows in place of the textured neutrals of yesterday.
One color that’s making a comeback is dark teal. I’ve seen it paired with burnt orange this time in a strikingly rich paisley fabric from Calico Corners. The look is rich and perfect for a big upholstered chair in a study. I never thought I’d welcome back teal, but it’s looking good.
Ceilings are getting color in a big way this year. Check out the cover of HOME magazine (shown above). They’re showing bright lemon yellow walls and a robin’s egg blue ceiling. I think we’re coming out of our shell, so to speak…
Looking further into the magazine, we find REALLY brightly colored walls of grape, kelly green, classic royal blue, and canary yellow. What makes these colors work is their pairing with bright white. Very crisp and fresh.
White kitchens are back as are white living rooms, again paired with bright accents. There’s just nothing like white for a clean look — people seem to love it.
The organic neutrals are still in, though, especially for more traditional homes so don’t throw everything out. You can always update your look with new accessories like pillows and lamps. But once again, we’re seeing styles and colors for spring that can fit most everyone’s tastes and that’s a good thing.