How can you use spring trends in your own home?

At Home in the Northwest is having it’s first guest blogger today!! Lori May, from Lori May Interiors is a friend and former coworker of mine (ok….she was more than a coworker….she was also my boss!).

She’s a very talented interior decorator so I’m very lucky to have her share with us today. You should go over to her blog and look around at some of her amazing work! Welcome Lori!

Hi everyone,

I’m so happy to be visiting here at Jen’s blog today.  Jen and I go way back and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in touch after so many years.  To be contributing to her blog is an honor and I hope you all enjoy my posts about my passion, interior design.

Today I want to talk about a 3 of my favorite spring trends and how you can use them in your own home.

Let’s start with my favorite.  The pantone color of the year:  Tangerine Tango

I have always loved this color.  I use it often and you can too.  Here you see it used together with one of my other favorite spring trends, the geometric print.  (We’ll get to that one in a second.)  This photo shows how you can take your large pieces like the sofa in a neutral color and add in splashes of tangerine.

You could also take a more bold approach with paint.  Using a touch of the same orange on the chairs and the natural elements make this space work.

This is a great example of using two bold colors in the same space.  Can you tell why this works?  First, the orange and aqua colors are complimentary.  The work well together.  On the other hand, the dark chocolate walls and the pop of white balance the two bold tones.

Finally, this is an example of adding just a hint of the color of the year to your space.  Placing the throws on the chairs is an inexpensive and easy way to update your home with color.

Let’s move on to my second favorite color for spring.

Raspberry!

Yes, I know you might call it pink, but doesn’t raspberry have a nice ring to it?  Most of the time, when we see this shade it is used in little girls’ rooms.  But, not this season.  It’s all grown up and I love it.  Here the walls are painted a deep shade of raspberry and the color is then picked up again in the accessories.  Again, a neutral palette is used as a backdrop to this intense color.

I love how Sarah Richardson uses raspberry in this master bedroom.  It’s soft, feminine and so beautiful.

Remember that a little bit of raspberry can go a long way.  Sometimes a bright rug or barstool is all you need.

This is another shot of raspberry, but also shows our last spring trend of the day.

Geometric Prints

Remember that sofa of grandma’s that you had no idea what to do with?  Find a gorgeous geometric print and reupholster it!  Take a look at this lovely piece.  Don’t you love it?

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You could also use a more neutral print if the raspberry is too much for you.

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Here’s a great example of how you could add a geometric print to your bedroom.  If you’re really handy, you might even be able to make this a fabulous DIY project.

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This neutral space gets it’s pop from the geometric patterned curtains.  This is an easy change to any space.  I am in the process of changing out my own family room window treatments to a lighter linen geometric print.  It’s a small change that makes a big impact.

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This space is the opposite of the last image.  Even though there are several neutral elements, the bright color is the backdrop.  The geometric prints gives us a look at how black and white can really pop.  The turquoise, black and white color palette would be easy to replicate in your own home.

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For those of you who might be a bit apprehensive about using the geometric prints on your furniture or windows, how about mirrors?  These mirrors give the same effect without too much of a commitment.

So, what do you think?  Which one of these trends would you use in your own home?  Do you have a favorite?

Thanks for having me Jen!

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  1. Hi, Love this post and I adore the raspberry colour, I am now thinking how I might be able to bring some into my home, although living way over in New Zealand unfortunately I am heading for Autumn after a very poor non existent summer :(

    I tried to add myself as a follower but cannot find where to do this. I saw your link on Savvy Southern Style, I also have an Interior Blog although I am an artist, actually my blog is about Inspiration from around the world and so covers art/interiors, food and fashion, hope you get to take a look and please leave a comment as to how I can join your blog.

    Thanks

    Lee

  2. I love the inspiration pictures and walk through! I think I’m in love with raspberry, too!

  3. I love the new trend colors. Raspberry is my favorite. I’m already a big fan of geometric patterns…already using them in the guest room makeover I’m working on! Thanks for sharing at the Rock ‘N Share!

  4. Really great rooms. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Happy to have found a new blog through Lori, and Lori always has such great advice. I’m also a big fan of orange and the tangerine tango is a great color that I love. Raspberry is such a fun color to bring in as well and I haven’t seen that Sarah Richardson image so that was fun to see. And oh how I love a good geometric. They are probably one of my favorite patterns to introduce in a room.

  6. Love all these ideas and tips. I have been wanting to update my decor a little and you have provided the inspiration I needed to get started. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.
    http://www.junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2012/03/link-it-up-wednesday-22.html

  7. I am so in love with all of these rooms, they are absolutely stunning. I love your taste, you have a great eye! Wanna come to St. Louis and decorate my house??

  8. Love the colors – just wanted to let you know that I have awarded you the Versitale Blogger award today! Please check it out at http://www.cdm-arewethereyet.blogspot.com
    Hugs -
    Carol

  9. What beautiful colors! :) Megan

  10. So many pretty images! I love the new colors for Spring and am trying to figure out how to add pops of color around my house! I think Raspberry is so fresh! Great post!

  11. I love geometric prints so much. My husband and I are learning how to implement these into the style that we already have going in our home, and we are loving the process! :-) Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. this is such an awesome post. super informative! i would love for you to link this post up to the spread the love weekend wrap up party i host on my blog. http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/03/spread-love-4-elissa-hudson-giveaway.html
    there is also an AMAZING elissa hudson print giveaway going on right now as well.
    hope to see you there!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

  13. So many beautiful inspirations. Is it strange that I love them all! ? giggle xo

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