Spring 2012 Decorating Ideas
Spring time is right around the corner, which is the perfect excuse to clean, reorganize and give your apartment an updated look. Spring represents renewed energy and optimism, which can be visibly seen in your living space. Various decorating trends are popping up, from decorative wall murals to lighting options to a splash of color. Whether you’re looking to add a splash of color throughout your apartment using various décor items or if you’re looking to add a fresh coat of paint to the walls, lots of colors are emerging as the favorites this spring. Here are a few ideas to pep up your space this spring.
Adding décor to your walls can be a cost-effective way to add texture, color and personality to a boring room, whether it is your bedroom or common living space.
- Wall murals – Turning your favorite photographs into wall murals is a popular trend for the spring. Other options for wall murals include famous artwork, cityscapes and nature. Sports murals could be the pièce de résistance in a boy’s room or in the man cave.
- Rosettes – Adding different lightweight rosettes will add lots of character to your walls. Paint the various rosettes in graduated shades of yellow to add the touch of spring to your space.
- Gallery – Find inexpensive wooden frames from your local arts and crafts store. You can use frames of varying sizes with different widths. Find inexpensive letterpress coasters, tape them to colorful card stock and frame them. Use similar colored card stock paper to create a uniform look.
- Mirrors – Large mirrors will be a hit this spring. Items that reflect more light into a room are a huge part of the spring décor trends. Rather than a large mirror, you can use mirrored tiles on a wall in your apartment. This will not only bring in more light into a room, but it will also give off the appearance of the room being bigger than it is.
Transform an old chest of drawers or your kitchen chairs into spring-ready furniture. There are simple steps you can take to turn an old piece of furniture into a dynamic statement piece in your space.
- Painted drawers – Turning a dull white chest of drawers into a colorful piece of décor does not mean you have to spend a lot of time and money. Head to your local paint shop and find a paint chip card with gradient colors of your liking and then purchase the sample cans of each color. You may want to sand the chest and prime it before painting. Start with the darker tone on the bottom and work your way to the top.
- Papered drawers – Find two rolls of papers that have a similar theme. A floral print is a good place to start for the spring. Measure the fronts of the drawers and cut the papers to fit the drawers. Attach the papers to the drawer fronts with spray adhesive. An alternative to the spray adhesive is to use Mod Podge, or something similar.
- Lamps – A trend for the spring is linen shades with clean, tailored lines for lamps. Lamp bases this spring will be made of carved reclaimed woods, with an emphasis on the natural wood grain.
- Chairs – Recover your dining room chairs with the trend for the spring: fabrics that include iridescent metallic woven within fabric, strong patterns or bold prints. Tailored woven fabrics like tweed, herringbone, plaid and houndstooth will also be popular this season.
If you’re looking to add a bold color to a wall in your apartment to add a pop of color or to create a focal point in the room, Pantone announced its list of top 10 colors for the spring. If painting is not an option, add accent pieces throughout your home, you can add items like throw blankets, accent pillows and paintings that match the colors. These colors are:
- Tangerine Tango, Pantone 17-1463
- Solar Power, Pantone 13-0759
- Bellflower, Pantone 18-3628
- Cabaret, Pantone 18-2140
- Sodalite Blue, Pantone 19-3953
- Margarita, Pantone 14-0116
- Sweet Lilac, Pantone 14-2808
- Cockatoo, Pantone 14-5420
- Driftwood, Pantone 18-1210
- Starfish, Pantone 16-1120
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