Bring In The Spring

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spring décorDecorating the interior of your home for spring doesn’t have to be literal: sunshine yellow arm chairs, floral everything and bursts of lavender and strawberry scents from every square inch of your living room. There is a tasteful way to welcome spring when it comes to decorating, and a plethora of options when doing so.

A Little Shine

spring décorShine bright like a metal. Sconces, lamps, frames, shelves, trays and candle holders in metallic hues of rose gold, gold, copper, bronze and brushed nickel can enhance the look and feel of any room. While more modern and contemporary design enthusiasts favor metallics, it is a look that can flow throughout the home. Metallics pop well against white walls and glass, for example the edges of a standing bookshelf, rims of glass bowls, picture frames and tumblers on a bar cart. Knobs on cabinets, door handles and even faucets for the sink bring in a high end design element in simple ways.

An Ode to Pantone

Every year the experts at Pantone select the color of the year that shows up everywhere in the fashion and design world. From clothes, bags, shoes and accessories to art, fabric, furniture and design accents, Pantone pops up constantly for those who want to keep up with the trend. This year’s selection was greenery, a vibrant hue of green that is as much of a nod to spring and brightness as anyone could imagine. If you plan to follow the color trend every year, inexpensive and easy to switch accents like pillows, rugs, bowls and vases and canvas art as well as silk flowers are a good way to go.

White Goes With Everything

A vase, flowers, sheer curtains, a candle; no matter what color or style your home is, touches of white will usually match every style. It adds a clean and fresh look to your house and can always be brightened up. And if you have white floor moulding, crown moulding, door or window frames, it will definitely pull the look of the room together. Bonus? White accents are usually inexpensive and can carry through year round.

Clashing is Cool

Back when it was socially unacceptable to cross colors on the color wheel and pin pattern against pattern when decorating, times have changed. Now, it is totally cool to clash colors and patterns. Contemporary styles (clean lines, bold colors and defined shapes), coastal living (whites and blues, beachy and bamboo) and Farmhouse styles (creams, cocoas and greys, rustic touches, mason jars, burlap and driftwood) and are huge trends right now, so a majority of patterns revolve around quatrefoil, chevron, stripes and an occasional traditional nod to florals. Curtains, pillows, canvas prints and throws are easy and affordable ways to bring in (and mix) these patterns for a perfect refresh to any room in your house that will be anything but busy.

Do It Up With Décor

When it comes to filling in the little nooks and crannies of your home, it’s easy to go overboard. A quick pop into Home Goods, Target, TJ Maxx, Bed Bath & Beyond and a craft store will do the trick. Or you may choose to fill up your shopping cart online with sites like Wayfair, Joss & Main, Kirkland’s, Hayneedle, Houzz and dozens of others to find the perfect pieces that accentuate your home.

For spring, focus on color and practicality, especially if you want to carry it through to summer. Fruit (pineapples and citrus are big now) and feathers are popular trends. A bowl of oranges or lemons on your dining room table can be considered a centerpiece just as a giant feather shaped tray can hold candy or your keys.

Picture frames are also an easy and creative way to make your house a home. The best part? You don’t even have to fill them with pictures. Dried flowers, fabric, a painting, a poem, a clip from a newspaper or whatever your heart desires can be designed to be quite the conversation piece in your home. When all else fails, tchotchkes and decorative accents like small statues, lanterns, faux grass pots, clocks, art, baskets, plates and of course, stacked books and magazines can work well in any space.

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Jennifer Fauci is the managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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