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Fashion Translation: Springtime Pastels

These spring months always feel so fresh after months and months of dark neutrals, mostly thanks to all of those gorgeous, powdery pastels we start to see in stores and fashion ads. Gone are the days of your grandmother’s pastels — instead these hues feel modern and vibrant, despite their toned down vibes. And there are two key colors for this spring: sky blue and lilac.

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When it comes to sky blue in the home, a light touch is a great approach lest you veer too… baby boy nursery. Instead, I like my pastel blues to be mixed with a tinged of grey so that they take on a silvery sheen of sorts. And, because blue is so easy to coordinate, I suggest keeping the pattern and texture of your rugs understated. This allows for easy mixing and matching within the home.

Photo Credit: Vogue Portugal via Fashion Gone Rogue.

Sky Blue Shopping Guide:

Safavieh rag rug

Jaipur Rugs Kelle rug

Jaipur Rugs tangier rug

Nourison Karma rug

Lilac

Then there is lilac… my thoughts on this trend for the home are such: go big or go home. If you’re going to pack a purple punch within your home, you might as well go all out with the statement. I’m talking bohemian, global patterns, vibrant gradients, and abstract modern color combinations. While not for the faint of heart, this trend is a surefire way to freshen your home for spring.

Photo Credit: Stylist Magazine via Fashion Gone Rogue.

Lilac Shopping Guide:

Surya Pazar rug

Surya Chaz rug

Surya Watercolor rug

Safavieh Wyndham rug

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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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Fashion Translation: Unicorn Ombre, for the home

By now, anyone with either an Instagram account or Pinterest account has witness the hottest hair trend of the season: unicorn ombre. This trend is vibrant, bold, colorful… and definitely NOT for the faint of heart. Oh, I love it. My obvious inclination is to go for warm shades when it comes to the unicorn ombre. I mean, I actually had pink hair for a hot minute!

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This trend is a super fun way to bring color into your home for spring, don’t you think? I love when the ombre features a neutral shade, like taupe or ivory. It sort of provides a bit of balance when you’re doing more of a trend-specific look. Plus, a neutral base like what you see above makes the trend easier to fit into what you’ve already got in your home.

Photo Credit: Ulla Johnson via Honestly WTF.

Shopping Guide:

Capel Beam rug

Surya southwest dip dye pillows

Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne Ravella Ombre rug

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Honestly, I think blue ombre is the newest incarnation of this trend. The timing is perfect, too — spring is upon us (finally) and blue is always one of most desirable hues of summer. This look feels vibrant and fresh, but not overwhelming the way bold patterns can be.

Photo Credit: blue bobby pins from Urban Outfitters.

Shopping Guide:

Capel Beam rug

Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne Ombre Horizon rug

Kaleen glam rug

 

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Art Meets Rug

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Artist: ReCheng Tsang  Rug: Surya Summit SMT6600

If rugs can look like art in their own right, why can’t they be art? Each day as I research art and design for my day job I come across numerous pieces that would translate so well to home decor. So much so that the idea of pairing artists up with floor rugs that look almost inspired by them seemed like a natural fit to talk about in this space.

ReCheng Tsang’s beautiful sculptures are created out of porcelain, yet have a look about them that seems almost textile-like. You can almost see the motion if you look hard enough! The perfect match would be this handmade wool Surya Summit rug with tufts that begs to be walked upon.

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This one is for all of the color lovers out there. Artist Maud Vantours works with paper to create intricately put together patterns and sculptures. I love how this particular Surya Banshee rug plays with so many colors in an equally method-to-the-madness mindset.

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Olivier Umecker’s mixed media works of art feel full of energy and tension, and I’m getting that same vibe from this Surya Gypsy rug design. The freeform shapes and overall design lend a fun devil-may-care attitude whatever room you place it in!
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Sometimes paintings (and decorating) with abandon is a direction that’s just asking to be explored. Matthew Stone’s thick and heavy paintings aren’t questions, they’re statements. Want the same result in your space? I’d opt for something like this unencumbered beauty from Tayse International Trading to anchor everything.

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