Fashion trends inspire your wardrobe, but what about your home decor? This spring, freshen up your home with the season’s hottest clothing trends: nautical prints, florals, and gold accents.
Florals are always springy and feminine. This season we’re seeing floral patterns on skinny jeans, sneakers, and just about everything else.
For home decor, it’s best to go with small, tight floral prints (rather than large, over-sized flowers with a lot of empty space). Choose patterns that are multicolored and joyful. I’m currently inspired by Liberty of London’s floral fabrics.
Because florals are inherently soft and natural, most of the floral decor you’ll find will be in fabric form (throw pillows, bedding, curtains, etc.). If you want to branch out, look for botanical sculptures or framed prints of flowers. If you are feeling really daring, go all out with floral wallpaper! I’d suggest starting with a small space—like a closet—before committing to wallpapering a bigger room. And remember, if your walls are covered in a print, the rest of the decorations in the room need to be solid and minimal.
There is something about nautical fashions that hints at adventure, travel, freedom, and fresh sea air. Nautical details like anchors and seahorses have made a huge resurgence in apparel, but they look just as good on your walls as they do on your t-shirts.
The key to nautical decor is subtlety. What you want are hints here and there, rather than a full-on pirate fest in your living room. If you do want your nautical decor to be more literal, you might want to confine it to an appropriate location, like a kid’s room or a bathroom. Otherwise, pick two or three nautical statement pieces that blend in well with the rest of the room.
Ships, anchors, brassy metals and stripes are the most obvious nautical trends, but you can also incorporate details like thick rope, unfinished wood, antique maps, and oceanic wildlife.
The Gold Standard
Gold Accents are everywhere this spring, and it’s easy to see why. Dressed up or dressed down, gold details add glamour and interest to any outfit.
Gold decorations are sophisticated and timeless. To make gold accents stand out, aim for a modern, minimal color palette in the rest of the room. Gold and white look especially stunning together. Before you spend a fortune on expensive gold decorations, check out Home Depot or Lowe’s and look for gold door knobs, drawer pulls, faucets, lamps or anything else that inspires you. If you are crafty, you can go a long way with a can of gold spray paint and a gold Sharpie, too. Pinterest is full of gold decoration DIYs. Here are a few of my favorites.
If these trends are good enough for the runway, they’re good enough for your home. Give your living space a face lift and look forward to walking through the front door! Which one is your favorite?
Written by Kristin Hilton