Seasonal Decorating

Spring decorating in this century avoids the sole use of saccharin sweet pastels often associated with the traditional Easter decor of decades past. Today’s modern spring palettes include fresh mixtures of classic hues and bold color. Here’s a peek at five spaces pulled from the archives to illustrate how to approach spring decorating in contemporary ways.    

Coral is a cross between pink and orange and is fetching when paired with complementary teal blue. Inject a dash of lime green for an invigorating combination sure to cheer any space.

bhg spring color palette

    

Refined plum balances the pastel lavender and pale celadon hues often associated with spring, together they make a chic bedroom space. 

plum spring palette bhg

     

Yellow brings thoughts of daffodils and sunshine so it’s the perfect accent for a spring inspired room – pull in mellow gray and energetic tangerine for an invigorating place to begin your day.  

 spring breakfast nook palette bhg

    

Mocha is an earthy neutral and the perfect anchor to lighthearted blush and berry pinks. Dark wood balances the feminine hues on display in this contemporary dining space.  

  blush and berry spring palette

 

Shades of blue and purple are analogous on the color wheel – temper neighboring hues of vivid orchid and bright turquoise with a soft gray blue for a balanced approach.

orchid and turquoise palette bhg

 

What color combinations are you inspired by this season? Do you have a go to hue you’re loving right now? Stop by to chat about it tonight at the Twitter Party, where the BH&G Style team is talking all about spring color palettes and decorating, details below.

 

twitter party bhg

 

Talk soon!

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March is the the month we officially welcome spring, and it’s a favorite time of year as nature begins its annual ritual of blooming and growing again. The Easter holiday is when friends and family gather to celebrate with traditions of egg hunts and special meals. In anticipation, I gathered some simple and elegant ideas to inspire your entertaining and decorating around the home.

Pull out your pastel dishes to create a sweet seasonal vignette on an open shelf or cabinet to welcome the arrival of the season.

pastel dishes for easter bhg

Tulips are one of the floral symbols of the season, display them in unexpected ways such as a teapot and accompanying stacked cups. Hyacinth and lily of the valley are also complementary and symbolic spring bouquets.

teapot and teacup tulips

Delicate quail eggs framed with pretty papers in shadow boxes are an elegant spring inspired gallery wall that you’ll want to keep on display all year round.

framed eggs on wall bhg

Blossoming branches are the first sign of the season but if the real ones are unavailable or not quite ready in your region, recreate the look with hot glue and faux pink blooms for branches and blossoms that lasts for months.

cherry blossom branches bhg

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Coastal inspired spaces are incredibly popular because of the light and bright approach to decorating, with pale sand and sea inspired palettes that dictate the design choices.

This week I’m taking a much anticipated vacation at the beach where one cannot escape the beauty of the ocean and the serenity the sight and sound of it brings. I rounded up some soothing spaces to share this week with a few tips on incorporating a coastal style and bringing the feeling of the beach indoors. 

An easy way to incorporate a breezy and coastal inspired style is to choose light or white furnishings, or include stylish slipcovered sofas and chairs. Add contrast and texture with a coffee table made of rustic or weathered wood to complete the look.

beachy family room

 

coastal inspired living room

 

Pale tans and taupes on walls, curtains, or furniture repeat the color of sand and provide a soothing neutral backdrop that allows you change out accessories with the seasons. 

sand colors in living room

 

Watery blues pair perfectly with sandy tones, and choosing a bamboo woven shade adds another layer of texture reminiscent of tropical destinations. 

beach colors in bedroom

 

Nautical inspired fabrics in stripes or coastal motifs bring the beach indoors by adding classic or playful patterns. 

nautical fabrics

 

Shells and coral are sculptural and textural accents that are perfect for displaying on bookshelves or console tables.  

beach accents

 

sea colors coral accents

 

Accent pieces with distressed paint treatments bring a weathered and worn look as if they’ve been sitting in the sun or have recently washed ashore. 

tropical teal sofa

   

Beach inspired decorating can be done in smaller or subtle ways by placing your coastal finds on display, such as this driftwood and shell mobile, or perhaps more simply and casually with starfish and smooth stones placed on a shelf or mantel. 

driftwood mobiles

 

beach treasures

 

How do you layer your home with coastal inspired furnishings or finds? 

 

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Colorful patterned pillows will instantly transform a plain sofa into a fabulous focal point of comfort and style and they’re an easy accessory to swap out with the changing seasons.  An initial question to ask yourself when choosing pillows for your bedroom or sofa is to ask yourself what style appeals to you and go from there. Are you a fan of classic stripes or Ikat motifs? Do you prefer floral or geometric patterns?

patterned pillows on sofa bhg

 

If your furniture is neutral, a fresh and fabulous patterned pillow can set the mood for the entire space, and from its palette you’re free to pull out multiple colors to accessorize your room even further.

pink patterned pillow on chair bhg

 

There are many different ways to make a bed and playing with layers of pattern in geometrics, florals, stripes, or other unique motifs is a sure way to inject style into the bedroom.

patterned pillows in bedroom bh

 

Choosing pillows that share colors that already exist in your space is another good starting point when choosing your toss pillows. Let the tile, paint colors, or the rug lead you to choices that complement what hues are already present. 

mixed geometric pillows

 

Another designer tip: If you’re having a chair reupholstered, it’s a great idea to buy a few extra yards and have those made into coordinating accent pillows to use on a nearby sofa.  

animal prints on sofa[2]

 

A mixed arrangement of pillows is an inviting and casual look – repeating one pattern on another piece anchors the seating area in a subtle way.

patterned pillows on slipcovered sofas bhg

 

Even outdoor spaces benefit from a medley of cheerful patterns that add bright color and a layer of comfort – their presence will always encourage everyone to linger longer.

pillows on porch bhg

 

Are you on the hunt for some fresh patterns to spruce up your home this spring? Here’s a roundup of great patterns available this season in all the shades on the color wheel. rainbow of patterned pillows

 

from top left, red: raspberry ikat, sydney floral, ovals; orange; floral crewel, geometric, chevron; yellow: cabana, soleil; geometric; green: greek key, verdi, ikat; blue: silsila, geometric, monaco; violet: ikat, medallion, cortez

For even more fun pillow picks plus tips on how to style them, check out this post from last week on basic tips for sofa pillow styling

 

Who’s ready to start decorating with colorful patterns this spring? 

 

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Now that we’re in the home stretch (only one week until Christmas!) the time has arrived to savor the beauty of the season, enjoying brisk walks while admiring the twinkle lights all aglow while picking up last minute gifts from local merchants.  

Wrapping presents for friends and loved ones and humming Christmas carols is what awaits this week, but if you’re still in the mood to add a little touch of decor to your abode, here are some simple Christmas touches that take mere minutes and bring much cheer.

Place a Charlie Brown sized tree in a nook and a few gifts below to bring the scents of the season minus the elaborate efforts.  

charlie brown tree bhg

  

Hanging a sweet red garland and layering with a love themed pillow (that will still look festive come Valentine’s Day) makes any entry merry.  

red garland and pillows bhg

  

Dress up your everyday pillows for the season with a gift wrap treatment that includes a festive bow with satin or grosgrain ribbon.

ribbon tied pillow bhg

    

Store holiday cards, gift tags, or those miniature ornaments that didn’t make it to the tree in glass bottles or jars for all that gift wrapping that awaits this week!

jars for cards and tags bhg

 

No doubt the Christmas cards have started arriving, so secure them to a door or wall in a common area with looped satin ribbon and double stick tape. 

   ribbon card holder

  

As an alternative, collect branches from your yard and display them in a favorite urn, pitcher, or vase.  Secure the cards with ribbon for instant holiday cheer!   

branches tied with cards bhg

    

Tie up the back of your chairs for your holiday soiree with a satin ribbon and a medley of sparkling ornaments.

dining chair swag bhg

    

Guests love to gather in the kitchen so before they arrive, so replace everyday olive oil with holiday trees and greenery, and lay a tea towel across the sink.  

tea towel and trees in kitchen bhg

   

Embellish your votive candle holders with velvet ribbon and a miniature applique or gift from nature then scatter across a table or mantel.   

winter votives bhg

      

Dress your front window a dash of merry by adding a painted frame showcasing sparkling ornaments suspended from ribbon.

ornaments suspended in frame bhg

   

When all else fails and time is short, nothing is simpler than an evergreen wreath suspended wherever you feel it fits.

simple evergreen wreath bhg

 

What are your favorite ways to decorate with simplicity during this season?

 

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The holidays are in full swing and it’s a time of year to welcome family and guests into our homes to share a cup of cheer.  Staircases offer the perfect opportunity to deck the halls during this festive season.  Natural holiday decor plays a large part, but there are other creative ways to make the balustrade merry and bright.

Large scale snowflakes will set a wintery scene.  Craft them with wood sticks or use store-bought versions to create a frosty white Christmas indoors. 

winter snowflakes on staircase bhg

 

Secure winterberry branches to the spindles on your staircase and tie a fetching piece of ribbon to hold them in place.  Extra ornaments and evergreen clippings add another layer of texture and color. 

winterberry branches on staircase bhg

 

Felted flowers in a classic palette of red and white add a fresh botanical detail to an evergreen swag. 

felt flower garland bhg

 

Swap the draping green boughs for tinsel instead and finish off the sparkling swags with vintage ornaments tied up with ribbon. 

tinsel garland bhg

 

For a light and airy look that is still reminiscent of the holiday season, drape rows of ribbon in bright colors accented with miniature berry wreaths.  

ribbons and wreaths bhg

 

Evergreens add a classic touch, and you can choose fresh greenery or realistic faux versions to drape along the railing.  Cozy knit stockings await treats from Kris Kringle on Christmas morning. 

boxwood and stockings bhg

 

Citrus and cinnamon will fill your home with the scent of spice and the verdant color of the fresh fruits of the season. 

citrus staircase accents

 

Cedar garland gracefully draped down the balustrade and secured with satin ribbon sets a simple and elegant scene in your holiday home.   Blooming narcissus in pots continue the fresh white theme and fill the entry with a favorite bloom of the season.  

evergreen garland bhg

 

Entries and staircases are a blank canvases each December – don’t forget wreaths and mistletoe, berries and ornaments too!  Together on display they make for a festive and welcoming home.   What is your favorite way to decorate your staircase or deck the halls this time of year?  

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