●Luxurious color — emerald: Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year is a bold and luxurious way of announcing spring’s arrival. Surprisingly, it works well in many environments and looks great paired with almost every neutral and many bold colors. Used in large amounts, it can quickly be overwhelming, so I like it best in small, eye-catching doses.
For that reason, I love the Kaleido tray in green through Design Within Reach. This practical tray looks great on a coffee table, entry table (great way to catch mail and keys) or on a bedside table. The Kaleido tray in green (and in other colors and sizes) is available through Design Within Reach stores and nationwide through www.dwr.com.
●Luxurious metal — gold: Metallic finishes have a way of brightening up almost any space, which makes them ideal for transitioning home decor from winter to spring. I’m more of a silver and nickel sort, but I’m warming to this new trend. If you wait long enough, everything eventually comes back in style, and gold has been having a moment for a few years now.
This spring, however, a softer and easier-to-incorporate matte gold seems to be populating your favorite home-decor outlets. To help spruce up mealtime, incorporate the Almoco flatware at Design Within Reach in matte gold into your routine. Crafted of stainless steel, this flatware can go in the dishwasher, making elegance easy to accommodate. Almoco flatware in matte gold is available through Design Within Reach stores nationwide and at www.dwr.com.
●The perfect pair — gray and yellow: Like peanut butter and jelly or a hamburger with french fries, gray and yellow pair effortlessly together. The hues of gray and yellow popular this spring are classic opposites that create an exciting, fresh balance when adjacent to one another.
Gray can be laid back and easy, while yellow can be demanding and aggressive. Separately, they’re perfectly good colors, but together they feel very current. If you’re looking to freshen up your seating this spring (especially if space is an issue), consider West Elm’s Everett armchair in the buttercup retro ikat print. The gray and yellow pattern has a global feel, while the chair’s profile suggests clean-lined mid-century style. The Everett chair is available through West Elm stores nationwide and at www.westelm.com.
If you’re looking for a little less commitment, give the Gray and Yellow Beaded Pillow at Crate & Barrel a try. At 12-inch square, this pillow is perfect as an accent almost anywhere. It’s available through Crate & Barrel stores nationwide and at www.crateandbarrel.com.
Vern Yip is an interior designer and star of HGTV’s “Design Star” and “Bang for Your Buck.” Originally from McLean, Yip is based in Atlanta and New York. Follow him on Facebook (VernYipDesigns) and Twitter (@VernYipDesigns). His column appears regularly in The Washington Post.