Guest Post: Spring Trends for the Home
Today I feel honored to have a beautiful and talented friend of mine, Lauren Oviatt of Oviatt Design guest posting. She just returned from the Las Vegas Market and has all of the latest trends happening for the home this spring to share with us. You can also find her at Oviatt Design to help you build your dream home or see her on KSL's Studio 5 sharing her latest design tips or also follow her on Instagram for a daily dose of her beautiful life.
2014 SPRING TRENDS
| GREEN & GREIGE |
There is no palette I love more right now than shades of grey and neutrals with pops of green. I always bring fresh florals and live plants into the rooms I design, and the injection of those verdant green shades directly into paint and upholstery choices are just as impactful. To me, this combination reflects the timelessness of soft neutral shades but offers some life, freshness and youth. When pulling a palette together, I like to see different shades of cream, white and warm grey combined with pastel or light green that have a brightness to them. The more you can do to combine textures like velvet, linen and cottons and interesting patterns, the more depth you give to the space when finished.
| METALLICS |
Metallics have never been hotter! I love how designers and decor enthusiasts are now mixing metals [gold, silver and brass] with reckless abandon. Just like the jewelry we wear, metallic finishes should be the sparkly accents and conversation pieces in the rooms and spaces we create. Installing brass plated sconces to flank a venetian bathroom mirror, displaying a collection of sterling silver trays and pitchers on a kitchen shelf, or having gold leaf wallpaper hung on the ceiling in an entry or powder room are stylish and glamorous ways I have used metallics. Recently I am loving the subtlety of metallic grasscloth and linen fabrics that are laminated with a metallic finish. It's a smart way to sneak in a little extra 'something' to a normally traditional element.
| TRADITIONAL WHITES |
I am painfully aware of the hundreds of white kitchens and bathrooms I have pinned over the last few years, but I just can't stop! The trend of white painted cabinetry [and millwork paneling, coffering, beams, etc.] isn't going anywhere anytime soon. People really love their whites! I do, however, see the trend of all-white rooms becoming mundane and honestly, hard to maintain for many families and lifestyles. Instead of washing white over every surface in the room including walls, furniture and even casegoods like dressers, nightstands and more, I like to consider a more timeless approach: mixing classic shades of white and cream with traditional and substantial stained elements. Consider a beautiful walnut-stained buffet in a white-paneled entry or wide plank worn hickory floors in your gleaming white kitchen... are you getting the picture? Warming up these whites by combining them with traditional, warm stained finishes will instantly create spaces that are more comfortable and timeless and interesting, guaranteed.
| FRESH FLORALS |
Personally, I love coming across fabrics and patterns I have never seen before. Feeling like you've seen everything out there is both a blessing and a curse of being immersed in the design world. I still think geometrics will continue to be extremely popular but I am loving the freshness of the chintz patterns and bright florals that are popping up. Something about the unapologetic use of bright colors and large-scaled florals offers an energy and youthfulness to a space that is so refreshing. Unlike the wall-to-wall chintz we remember from decades past, I see it being used in modern applications where it is the focal point, like a dramatic drapery installation or on a large ottoman in the middle of a neutral seating arrangement. Let's give these patterns the presence they deserve.