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Fashion Translation: Modern Folk

My love of ‘70s style is well-documented here on TRENDCenter. The easiest way to latch onto this fashion trend is through color, but today I want to talk about the lack of color in a way that feels modern, but still embraces the folk vibe of this era. The key here is to embrace a solid white background. Don’t go totally optic white (i.e. where it feels very cool and sterile). Instead, go for more of a vintage vibe with a warm white. Not quite ivory and not beige. While totally simple, the right shade of white is what veers this look toward a modern edginess.

Photo Credit: Chloé Fall 2016 ready-to-wear via Vogue

Once you’ve nailed down the perfect shade of antiqued white, it’s time to layer on the color. I’m personally partial to pretty much any hue of orange when it comes to this Modern Folk trend. Tangerine, terracotta, persimmon, amber… I love ‘em all! Shake things up by adding in small pops of color in shades of pale pink, dusty blue, lavender, and charcoal grey.

Then, in terms of pattern, the sky’s the limit. Lately I’ve been loving two-color geometric rugs that feel Moroccan-inspired, but still really modern.

Which of these picks is your favorite?

Rug Shopping Guide:

Couristan Super Indo-Natural rug

Safavieh Wyndham rug

Safavieh Barcelona shag rug

Couristan Mesquite Bayou rug

Geoloom Carousel dots rug

Safavieh Moroccan shag rug

Feizy Rugs Raphia rug

Surya Frontier rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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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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Making Winter Bright: Yellow Decor

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Step one of updating/switching over my home space to colder months is adding some color, specifically yellows and golds. Because even when the sun shines in winter, well, there just isn’t much natural color for it to highlight so you kind of need to add it to your surroundings on your own. And oh my gosh, does a dose of brightness make the difference when it comes down to it!

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Changing things up can be as simple as adding a few throw pillows on the couch, a blanket on the armchair, and some extra lighting for those extra hours after sundown. My go-to is generally a nice, deep goldenrod. It’s a great yellow that still feels fresh and clean, but that’s dark and rich enough to feel luxe and cozy.

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Don’t forget to brighten up the lesser seen rooms in your home either — the master bedroom is the perfect spot to add some patterned bedsheets or a new piece of art. And throw pillows and blankets are just as useful in this space as well. Pairing a great yellow or gold with a darker color, like this navy duvet, make it stand out all the more.

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Floor rugs are also effective, and add that extra layer of warmth and comfort to what might otherwise be a chilly floor. Go with a single rug or consider layering a solid over your existing one. So cozy!

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