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Cheer up, Buttercup! Using Yellow in the Home.

The color of sunshine, daffodils, and fresh-squeezed lemonade, yellow is an unabashedly happy hue. Why not wake up your living space this spring with a healthy dose of this sunny hue? Read on for totally doable color inspiration.

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The living room is a great place to experiment with a fresh, seasonal color palette. Keep your big pieces (sofa, wall color) neutral, and have fun with a bright rug, throw pillows, and accessories.

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Curtains and throws are another easy place to experiment with color. To save a little cash on curtains, pick up cheerful fabric and create a no-sew hem with iron on fabric tape. Simple clip drapery rings to the top, and you’re good to go! Keep your room feeling light and bright by adding a mirror, and (especially if your space is small) consider swapping out a hefty coffee table for a light-as-air acrylic version.

Ready for a more long-term commitment to color? A gorgeous yellow wallpaper, like the one shown here (it’s Cow Parsley from Cole & Son) would make a bold statement in the bedroom or entryway.

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Artwork in a hue you love can completely transform a space, and provide a jumping-off point for an entire decorating scheme. Start with the art, and pull a color (like the vibrant yellow shown here) to repeat in a rug and pillows for a finished look.

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Sunny, happy yellow is surprisingly versatile. Try it alongside gray, aqua, spring green, or teal for a vibrant spring look. And when in doubt, you can’t go wrong with lemon yellow and white.

Do you love yellow? Share how you use this daring hue in your home in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Surya Florence Broadhurst Turnabouts pillow in gold and ivory; Surya Florence Broadhurst Shadow Floral pillow in lemon; Surya Florence Broadhurst Spotted Floral pillow in gold and ivory; Momeni Geo rug in yellow; Trans Oceans Imports Liora Manne Ravella rug in yellow; Foreign Accents Festival Rug in gray and canary yellow.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) Brunelleschi ConstructionLonny MagazineFlorence FindsCamellia Interiors.

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Get the Boho Chic Look

Laid-back, flea market-inspired bohemian style is a look that’s easy love, and easy to live with. Think of wicker swing chairs draped in fluffy sheepskin, layered rugs and textiles, and eclectic accessories and artwork. Achieving this look might seem tricky, but it’s actually quite simple, because it’s all about collecting what you love. Building on a base of simple budget basics and hand-me-down furniture, you can easily layer on treasured finds from vintage shops, garage sales, and yes, flea markets, for a unique look that’s all your own.

 

To break it down, here are a few trademark boho chic “essentials” to keep an eye out for as you are strolling the Sunday flea market (or online marketplace) with your chai latte and french market bag in hand:

-Colorful, ethnic-inspired rugs

-Sheepskins and flokatis

-Vintage wicker and bamboo furniture

-Midcentury modern teak furniture

-Colorful pottery

-Paper lanterns

Textiles in general, and rugs in particular, are key to the boho chic look, so don’t be shy in picking out a bold pattern or color … or two or three!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Safevieh Belize Shag rug in ivory; Tayse International Trading Concept rug in teal and taupe; Surya Zahra rug in hot pink and burnt orange; Rugs Direct Gallery Sienna rug in black; Safavieh Kilim rug in pink and ivory; Jaipur Rugs Desert rug in Mojave.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) Refinery 29Armelle Habib for Inside Out magazine; SF Girl By BayBrittany Ambridge for Domino magazine.

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How to Work a Round Rug

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When you think of shopping for a new rug, you most likely think of a rectangular shape — but choosing a round rug instead can sometimes be the better choice for your room. Read on for tips on using this surprisingly versatile rug shape in your home.

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Round rugs in the living room. If your living space is like most, it’s probably filled with rectangular shapes and sharp edges. A round rug can help soften those edges, making the living area more comfortable and inviting. Shaggy rugs with a deep, plush pile, like those in the rooms shown above, are perfect for sinking toes into.

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Round rugs in the kitchen. The kitchen and breakfast nook are two more natural spots to put a round rug, as these spaces can usually use some warming up. For these hardworking zones, choose a round rug made of a flat weave or braided material, that can stand up to heavy foot traffic and spills. Go chic and neutral, or bright and bold; whatever you feel most drawn to.

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Round rugs in the foyer. Make a foyer, or even a small entryway, feel more spacious by choosing an elegant round rug. You could even swap out the rug in this area seasonally, with a thicker, warmer rug in winter, and a cool, natural fiber version in spring and summer.

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More great ways to use round rugs: Nurseries, kids’ rooms, and bedrooms are also welcome spots for round rugs. Round rugs, especially plush ones, seem made to sit and play on, so consider choosing one for your baby’s playroom, or even a yoga and meditation space.

Which is your favorite? Share which rug you would pick in the Comments section!

Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Forum in Carmine; 2. Anji Mountain Jute Collection; 3. Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne Ravella Disco in Denim; 4. Safavieh Malibu Shag in Charcoal.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom of post) FreshomeShelly Chung DesignA Beautiful MessBHGDomaine.

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Find Serenity with Lavender

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The color lavender inspires introspection, imagination, and serenity — all wonderful reasons to use this hue in your home. Using a shade of purple in the home can seem challenging, but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re nervous about adding color to your home, try balancing a soft wash of color on the walls with natural, textured furnishings, as shown here. A leather armchair, traditional rug, and worn wood furniture give the space a well-rounded feel.

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Other easy ways to bring this lovely hue into your home include rolling out an area rug, tossing a few new cushions on the couch, or dressing your bed in fresh, pale lilac linens. The bedroom, a small sitting room, or yoga nook are all great places to use this serene color. If you are concerned about the color looking too “girly”, choose a lavender with a bit of gray in it.

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A soft lavender rug underfoot would look fantastic over wood floors in a simple white room. Some of our favorites include the marbled-look Surya Gemini rug (top center), and the kilim-inspired Surya Pazar rug (top left) and Surya Zahra rug (top right).

Tell us, which is your favorite? And would you ever consider painting a wall lavender? Share your thoughts in the Comments section!

Rug Shopping Guide: (Clockwise from top left) Surya Pazar rug in eggplant; Surya Gemini rug in mauve; Surya Zahra rug in iris; Safavieh Wyndham rug in purple; Surya Watercolor rug in eggplant; Kaleen Revolution rug in lilac.

Image Credits: Domino MagazineThe Style Files.

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