The trees are green, the flowers are blossoming, the sun is out, and the birds are singing! This amazing weather has been the talk of the town! And who can blame us? It’s been GORGEOUS out this week and Spring is finally here. With this season comes energy and new life —and our spring clothes! We can wear our sandals again, our bright colors and sundresses. We begin to clean, organize, rejuvenate, and redecorate ourselves & our home. Of course it’s also the season to have more fun...
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During the winter season, not only do we feel more tired—our space can become tired as well. This is the season to take some advice from spring fashion & play with color! Color gives new life! It energizes, motivates, & celebrates. And this season, not only are we seeing bright and bold colors in the fashion world, we’re seeing playful patterns as well. Rip some of your pages out of your favorite beach magazine of fashion styles you love, and see how the spring clothes & accessories can inspire your artwork and home décor for this season!
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Find Your Favs
Why do you love that dress, or those shoes? Is it the color combination? The pattern? The shapes? Take some time figuring out why it is you love the styles you do. Then, take those reasons and apply them to your designs. If you tend to like organic shapes, choose furniture and artwork that have rounded, softer lines. If you love two specific colors together pay attention to whether they are similar in tone, or dynamic in contrast and apply it to your color scheme. Colors similar in tone create a soothing and romantic feel, whereas colors of high contrast create dramatic, bold, and more energized spaces.
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If you like both types of color schemes, base your decision on what room that mood fits. Colors that are only subtly different in hues, layered together can make the bedroom more relaxing. Bright, fun colors are great for the kitchen and living room—the places where you entertain guests and spend time during the day.
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Patterns—both small & large—create visual interest. The busier your pattern, the more important it is to balance with a solid. This way the patterns can behave as an accent, or even focal point to a visually simple “background” of color. Patterns are so much fun, but need balance—the ying & yang.
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It's a Spring Thing
Spring is the season to try something new and to start fresh. Think of fun and unique ways to use the tools at your disposal and apply them to art & design. We can find inspiration in food, architecture, film and fashion! Let the styles you love show through your home. Art is expression so take your tastes and your one of a kind personality and infuse it into your life!