Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns. “Patterns are hot, hot, hot,” said Cathie Pliess, program coordinator of design for The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a certified interior designer. “Look for oversized patterns in bold colors on a white background.”

Spring design is trending to naturals — florals, ethnic patterns, textures. “We are all so tied to the digital world that we crave spaces reminding us of the organic physical world,” said Juli Sproules, an interior designer and faculty member at The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Here are some tips on this year’s spring trends to update your home easily and without spending a fortune.

Big florals

This year, florals are big and bright — think tropical blooms, not delicate wildflowers. Go to your local botanical garden, or visit a florist for inspiration. “Floral patterns can bring color and life into a room,” said Sproules.

Ethnic pizzazz


Patterns are also becoming more inspired by global design. “This includes motifs with influences from African, Mexican and Islamic design stylized patterns, often in oversized translation,” Pliess noted.

Mix, not match

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures. “Patterns used in a room — stripes, florals, hand-painted designs or geometric prints — shouldn’t be too ‘matchy-matchy,'” Pliess said.


Sparkle it up

Bring in this season’s metallics trend with warm bronzy colors. “You can mix metallics now too — perhaps a soft rubbed bronze with highly polished silver or nickel,” said Sproules.

Blue is the hue

The cool calmness of blue makes it the hot color for spring. From navy to turquoise, set off blue with natural brights — unexpected colors inspired by nature, like the rich purple of a cut gemstone, the orange-red of tropical fruit or watermelon pink.

Trend easy

To bring together disparate elements and create a holistic, curated space, select a pattern that picks up elements of colors, textures and shapes already in the room. Then use it in easy, inexpensive accents like these:


• Use a dramatically patterned wall covering on one wall with the other walls painted in one color pulled from the wall covering.

• Add pillows in a variety of patterns and textures that complement and contrast.

• Add drapery panels in an exciting floral or ethnic print. “Solid walls with wildly patterned draperies make a bold statement,” said Pliess.

• Paint a large canvas from an art supply store in a vibrant blue or purple or use tape to block out a pattern and paint in several colors. Alternatively, cover the canvas in a wildly patterned fabric.

• Display a small group of whatever you collect — teacups, books, brass or carved wood pieces, vases, pottery, photos, even gloves or shoes.


• Bring in a subtle metallic element by covering the inside of a dark lampshade with glitter or metallic spray paint.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.