Spring – the word is enough to put a spring in your step. The temperature is starting to feel like you can leave your coat at home, the sky stays blue longer and the sun is rising earlier and setting later. This is the time we release ourselves from our cave, draw back the curtains and start living a little differently than we did at winter.
Colour this spring is all about the resurgence of pastel colour, not in a cutesy way but strong pastels of mint green, tangerine, deep pinks and playful purples. Bringing those colours into your home after such a cold winter is like a breath of fresh air and rather than taking over your whole house in these colours it is nice to create little vignettes of colour to really make them pop.
Find at a buffet or table in any room and create an area for sharp focus of colour. Scour the kitchen and homeware shops and find odd size jugs and vases in solid colour and then add some blooms to make them really come alive. White roses with a tint of pink are enough as you want the strong colours in the vessels to really do the talking. Then either add a simple lamp for a classic look or a few glass balls or sculptures to add texture. The main thing is to not add anything that will take the focus away from the colour.
Add some zing to an old chair and paint the timber in teal or deep pink and have the upholstery recovered in a strong print. If you don’t want to be that bold just paint the frame and upholster in white for a crisp statement piece of furniture.
These new colours are strong so if you are not confident to paint a whole room in these colours buy a portable screen and paint it in your new favourite spring colour. There are some great bamboo ones out there that will give pattern and texture rather than just going for a full solid look. Use this as a beadhead in your bedroom and splurge on some new throw cushions – this is also perfect for creating a new colour scheme when you are renting. A portable screen can be moved to anywhere in the home, like the entry, in the corner of the lounge room or use it in the office to give a lift in what is usually a dull area.