Balance seems to be a key word everyone is striving for these days. Certainly, balancing our national budget is on everyone’s mind, but if that’s not attainable, balance within your home’s spring decor scheme may be. Balancing the very tasteful, very adaptable and very sellable warm gray that has dominated paint, furniture and just about everything else in home decor for the past several years are bright, cheery and saturated colors.
Examples include bright yellow and Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald (Pantone 17-5641 for those of you who want to get it exactly right). Both seem to add long-absent glimpses of uplifting hope and humor while indicating an acceptable return to luxury.
In that vein, gold has returned as the metallic finish of choice. This time around, it’s burnished and soft rather than ostentatious and loud, making it much easier to layer with other metal finishes already in your home. I’m not really a gold fan, but this new finish is really easy to work with and won’t make your home seem like an ode to Versailles.
Finally, geometric shapes and patterns have dominated many fashion runways and are now squarely showcased on all kinds of home-decor items. Circles and ovals are certainly invited to this party, but it’s really squares, rectangles and triangles that are the stars this spring.
The nation seems to have rounded the corner and is comfortably embracing a new and slightly easier mood. We’re certainly not where we were before the economic crisis, but it seems that balancing the practical and the necessary with the whimsical and luxurious is back in style. And if you aren’t quite there yet — and want to be — perhaps freshening up your spring decor can help usher you on your way:
●The power of geometry: Pure geometric shapes seem fresh again. We last saw this trend in the late 1980s, but this go around, it’s being offered in a much more timeless manner. A dramatic and bold way of incorporating this hot spring trend (and my personal favorite) is through Maya Romanoff’s Ajiro Sunburst wall covering.
Made of real wood veneer and available in six natural hues, this wall covering manages to incorporate both squares and triangles while adding depth, texture and richness. Apply it to an accent wall in your dining room or ensconce your entire living room to instantly create a powerful visual.
If you want to make a smaller, less-permanent splash, check out CB2’s quartz plate. I love the faceted patterning done in a neutral palette that allows it to more easily work in with existing dishes. To purchase Maya Romanoff Ajiro Sunburst wall covering, go to www.mayaromanoff.com or call 773.465.6909. The CB2 quartz plate is available through CB2 stores nationwide and at www.cb2.com.