Nothing says spring quite like bright, fresh colors. For this spring, the colors to have are as bold and sweet as you like in just the right shades of green, yellow, and blue. Whether you like things calm and classic or bold and bright, here are some ideas to help you start playing with these colors in different combinations, prints, and materials.
This season, shades from yellow green to deeper leafy greens inspire both fresh and classic botanical looks. Incorporate these natural, relaxing tones with pressed plants turned into wall art, vintage illustrations, or accent pillows mirroring indoor plants.
Larger succulents are in style, too, as are ferns, whether you’re choosing patterns on pillows or curtains or bringing in the real thing.
If you haven’t before, consider green as a furniture color this season, especially for a sofa or upholstered bench. Deeper greens can work as more modern neutrals.
Yellow tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it color, and it can overwhelm a room pretty easily if you’re not careful. It’s best to use yellow in a combination of statement pieces and smaller accents (rather than as the base color for a room).
That said, if yellow is your color, don’t be afraid of it. It can be a stunning choice for a dramatic patterned wallpaper on an accent wall. Bold yellow does well in larger-than-life wall art, too.
And don’t forget botanical beauty here, either. Fresh daisies, daffodils, and even lemons will add just enough of a natural touch to brighten any room and help tie things together.
The big ones this time around are cobalt and denim, though navy and sky blue are never out of style. Blues are always a good choice for walls, whether it’s paint or wallpaper, though you may want to stick to the lighter shades for solid walls.
Of course, there are lots of reasons that blue is always popular. The right shade can go well with almost any other color, and you can use it virtually anywhere. Furniture, upholstery, cushions, slipcovers, bar stools, accent tables, area rugs, and glassware are just a few of the possibilities.
How else can you work in these colors? Pair them with some of the popular, unexpected prints and patterns designers are bringing out this year. On the more familiar side, you’ll see polka dots, big and small stripes, interlocking geometrical patterns, and pieces inspired by Gatsby-esque art deco styles. Try squared-off prints alongside curvy styles with metallic touches. You can even mix polka dots and stripes for a friendly and whimsical feel.
On the more fun and exotic side, tropical motifs are surging, too. One of the biggest trends is animal prints—not the spotted patterns imitating leopard skin you’ve seen a thousand times, but repeating patterns depicting the exotic animals themselves, whether they’re leopards, camels, monkeys, apes, flamingos, or ostriches.
Whether you opt for an accent wall full of flamingos or just an accent pillow, try something new and bright this season.