It’s official: spring is in full swing! Long gone are the days of winter blues and dark hues. As new spring design trends begin to take form, you’re sure to forget the few months of record snowfall that graced Northeastern Pennsylvania. Time to regroup, revamp and redesign.
This winter, relatively simple color schemes took command, fitting in well with the white dusting that all too often blanketed our windows. A particular focal point for interior designers was on bold blue undertones and various shades of gray. Now that spring has sprung, there’s no better time to replace those subdued colors with bright, light and vibrant palettes. In keeping with the past few years, when granny floral, technicolor stripes and geometric patterns reigned supreme, this season’s styles are certain to catch the eye of designers and consumers alike. Here are our top 10 home design tips for the spring of 2017.
1. Let’s begin with a simple concept for interior designers of all levels and skill sets. The fresh and rejuvenated appearance of flowers has made them one of the most sought after spring design accessories. Whether used as the anchor piece on a spacious dining room table or as a prominent feature for a well-lit windowsill, the addition of flowers helps to add a simple pop of spring character to any space. This spring, consider picking a batch of ultra-trendy wildflowers. As the days of impeccably crafted bouquets have passed, we have begun paving way for the quaint elements of garden-to-home furnishings. In many ways, this style trend has become the cornerstone of cottage charm. Easter and Mother’s Day are right around the corner; it’s time to pick flowers from your garden, grab a modish vase from Willow Tree Shop and showcase your inner flower child. April showers bring May flowers after all.
2. Days are getting longer and the sunshine just a little bit brighter. It’s time to add some much-needed light into your life. There are only 42-days of sunshine during spring in Northeastern Pennsylvania (yikes!). We may as well embrace the natural light while we still have the chance. Don’t forget, light is the new white, so throw away those dreary blackout curtains and reduce window coverings to a much simpler valance. Even if you’re not a fan of this design trend, you have a great excuse to cut down on the electric bill this month. Home decorators are seeking out looks that steer clear of artificial light fixtures. All that you’ll need to do to get with this season’s trends is to ditch those dated curtains for a more open and airy approach.
3. Lively family barbecues and summer pool parties are beginning to take shape. We know that it can be hard to think beyond the forthcoming fun in the sun. During the day, light typically isn’t a problem . . . but what happens when the sun goes down? For those late nights spent outdoors with friends, battery-operated LED lights are a perfect way to add subtle, cost-effective illumination. Adorably simple fixtures, LED lights can supply a decent amount of ambient lighting for date night on the deck, or curling up with a glass of wine and a good book. Just make sure to set it on a timer, otherwise, you’ll be spending more money on batteries than on bug spray. Light up your night with this most practical exterior décor prop.
4. Farmhouse decorating, a trend coined by HGTV darlings Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame, is becoming a progressively popular approach to interior design. The main premise behind the farmhouse styling is identifying an equilibrium between modern and traditional elements. Unique from any other design technique, the farmhouse look uses contemporary, vintage and homey accents, while managing to maintain an even-keeled flow throughout a home. Materials used often consist of metal, wood, tile, and textures, which together create an effortlessly chic look.
5. What a wonderful segue into our next style tip; textured materials can add complexity to an otherwise sterile room design. White marble is an excellent example, given its practical use in building furniture. Typically, we would see marble used for countertops, backsplashes or even floor tiles. Yet a recent spotlight on aesthetic additions to home furnishings has provided this traditional resource a new outlet in the form of end-table surfaces, flashy clock backgrounds and nearly anything in between. Though white marble may be the most prevalent, textures such as velvet are starting to fight their way to the top of the interior design pedestal. This style tip employs an outdated design element in a new and inviting way.
6. Looking to give textured finishes a rustic upgrade? Consider one of Pennsylvania’s beloved design trends. Using natural, wood elements when decorating is a refined approach to making any home stand out. Wood carvings result in the creation of distinctive sculptures, intricate desks, grand dining room tables, charming night stands and much more. Anchor piece or not, wooden furniture is an incredibly durable option, which is easy to customize from one season to the next.
7. Perhaps the rustic style doesn’t suit your taste and it’s time to transition to a more modern look. Metal furniture provides an industrial feel that is ideal for contemporary home styling. As an option more often used for light structures and smaller accents, metal pieces supply a sleeker look that reflects the natural sunlight that is now gracing the interior of your home.
8. Furniture is, without a doubt, the staple that pulls a room together. However, many other design props are essential in finishing off a space. Rugs, throw pillows and bedspreads are the most common additions to a room, complementing the emphasis on a fun, springtime setting. In empty, bland spaces, try to add more complex visual elements to the mix in the form of assorted prints and bold color schemes. Geometric designs have dominated in the past, but more abstract patterns are becoming the new talk of the town. Make sure to find accent pieces that match your personality and effortlessly evoke the distinctive characteristics that you bring to a home.
9. When employed for interior decorating purposes, mixed patterns should include two core colors: white and cherry green (yes, that’s an actual color). This spring season, we’re relying on traces of nature. Not only do these woodsy colors give the room a fresh appearance, they also convey a welcoming impression to visitors. Regardless of what color scheme you’ve opted to utilize this year, white and cherry green will be sure to compliment it brilliantly. Remember, one of the key guidelines to successful home decorating is to ensure that the inside of one’s home is a reflection of what is displayed on the outside.
10. Last but not least, it’s time to confront a hard truth. In recent months, the DIY trend has taken a sharp turn away from personal home improvement (sorry, Pinterest). Don’t worry, consumers still prefer to have their products handmade – they are simply losing the desire to do it themselves. This is where artisan stores, such as Willow Tree Shop, come into play. Our shop features many products that are designed and crafted by artisans from across the state of Pennsylvania and other neighboring regions. Whether you’re searching for the perfect focal point to spruce up your living room, or vivacious curtains to let in some natural light, Willow Tree Shop is spring design trend ready.
Use this year’s spring cleaning as an opportunity to spruce up your home with the latest in design decor! If you’re not sure what steps to take in making over a space, come visit Willow Tree Shop and let us lend our expertise. As always, we are humbly rooted in home comfort.
Thinking of spring design tips that we missed? We’d love to hear from you!
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