It’s time to shrug off winter’s chill and let the spring in. And there is no better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather than by fearlessly injecting some warm, bright hues into your home décor, says British interior design writer Will Taylor, color aficionado behind the popular Bright Bazaar blog.
Traditionally, neutral white, ivory, taupe and beige are the colors of choice for walls and the overall color scheme of a room, Taylor says. But he sees a definite shift to the use of tinted neutrals.
Here are Taylor’s top tips for embracing spring color:
1. Choose a palette
What colors attract you? Look at your clothing and home accessories for hints. Homeowners do not need to decide on a full range of colors immediately. Gradually build up your own perfect palette before deciding how to redecorate.
Taylor suggests green for spring. “Chose a soft, washed-out mint shade for the walls or paint a wooden desk in a more saturated green, like pistachio,” he says. Those colors are fresh and invigorating, yet not too saccharine. Invite bolder, daring splashes of color into the room in the form of soft furnishings and decorative accessories. “Perhaps a yellow throw on a white couch or a collection of dusty pink and hot neon pink vases on a sideboard,” says Taylor.
2. Focus, focus, focus
Maybe you already know the colors you prefer, but struggle to find a starting point. Taylor suggests honing in on one key item, a rug, a vase or a painting. “Pick a key piece for your scheme and use it as the reference point for the rest of the palette and room design,” advises Taylor. The approach helps narrow your options and creates consistency.
“Pepper a series of different colored wooden chairs around a dining table or re-upholster a series of retro finds from a flea market,” says Taylor.
Be daring. “Take the chance to dip your toes into a new hue and create a color statement,” Taylor says. Chairs in a single hue of graduating shades will create a focal point when placed around a dining table.
3. Consider lighting
The natural light available in a room may be the biggest factor in determining how the colors you choose will appear. Stick with warm tones in a north-facing room with its cool light, Taylor suggests. South-facing spaces call for lighter shades, he says.
Lighting fixtures are a great way to quickly brighten or add drama to a room. For a fast, inexpensive upgrade, “Switch out a lamp shade beside the bed for a brighter design,” Taylor says.
“The days are slowly growing longer and the stores are already starting to fill up with an array of colorful new products. There is no season better suited to refreshing your home than spring,” Taylor says.