Style Matters with Penelope Voisen -- 'Spring Trends Are In The Air'
There’s a pretty outlook for Spring 2012. On the home decorating front, it’s a season of renewal and reinvention. Spring is the perfect time to change out a few accessories or introduce new colors to refresh the interior of your home. Gorgeous new fabrics, embellished pillows, wall art, eco-friendly bedding, and stylish lighting are just a few examples that can invigorate a room.
Living responsibly with eco-awareness in furnishings and accessories continue to be a definite trend for Spring 2012. Green design, using resource efficient and healthy materials, is good design. Luxurious organic bed and bath linens, eco-silk draperies and table linens are making a strong debut. Eco-friendly furniture made of recycled or reclaimed woods is very popular for the spring season, and are showing up more than ever throughout designer showrooms. Bamboo, cork and other natural materials not only are a trend, but contain a certain character and texture that create a wonderful feel to a room.
Color palettes for spring include beautiful upbeat yellows, fresh blues and lively pinks, along with a wide variety of clean whites. Cheerful, happy and right-this-minute yellow for example, is popping up in furniture, linens, dishware and other accessories. The power of optimistic yellow in interiors will bring a smile to everyone.
PENELOPE’S STYLE TIPS:
Dress your bed in luxury, organic linens.
Paint a guest room warm yellow, add dramatic coral accents.
Dazzle your dining table with gleaming silk or satin linens. Your tableware will glow!
Add some sparkle to your sofa with bronze leather or sequined bordered pillows.
Use a silver leaf or metallic finish accent chair for a posh, glamorous addition to a room.
Sense the Italian influence this spring. Serve pasta! Open a bottle of red wine and listen to Luciano Pavorotti in the background – who could resist?
Other influences from cultures around the world are design trends that will be evident this spring season. Furnishings from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East will be making a strong statement.
Hollywood glamour has caught the eye of the interior design industry as well. Metallic home furnishings, fabrics, and accessories are a hot trend this spring. New collections of rich opulence and couture flair in shimmering silver, pewter, gold and bronze are popular in everything from furniture and fabrics to the tabletop.
We want our home to be stylish, comfortable and increasingly eco-friendly. The trends for Spring 2012 offer many terrific options for creating and up-to-date home with classic past and present design elements that will create a spring-like ambiance of comfort and elegance.