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The daring side of spring home décor |

The daring side of spring home décor

While many designers are embracing calm and quiet, others are excited about the proliferation of imaginative, interesting patterns, shapes and textures.

It’s a spring décor trend that allows personalities to shine.


“I think people are less afraid to use pattern in bigger spaces,” says L.A. designer Amy Sklar. “Patterned tiles for kitchen backsplashes and bathrooms are going strong, and I’ve also been using patterned runners for stairways and hallways. It’s a fun way to add a little personality without overwhelming the space.”

Pronounced weaves, knits and channeling are in soft accessories and upholstered furniture collections at many retailers this spring.

Los Angeles designer Raun Thorp sees red coming back, in new versions and applications.

Pantone’s new palette has several vibrant hues, including Cherry Tomato, a zingy red; Meadowlark, a bracing yellow; and its color of the year, Ultra Violet.

Thorp is interested in avant garde Italian patterns now, too. “Cole Son has some amazing Fornasetti wall coverings that will completely transform a room in unexpected ways,” he says. “Surreal pattern is so appropriate in these surreal times.”

Ann Sacks Paire Strobe Field Tile, starting at $20 per square foot at annsacks.com

Ann Sacks Paire Strobe
Field Tile, starting at $20 per square foot at annsacks.com

Floral and garden patterns are also cropping up everywhere, especially exaggerated ones. “The wackier the better,” says Thorp.

Midcentury modern still has legs, as does the hybrid style known as transitional. But interior design’s relationship with fashion and glamour has placed new focus on the ’70s and ’80s.

The look may not seem quite as au courant to those who grew up in the era, but the young and daring will find Jonathan Adler’s new pieces chic and fun. Inspired by Studio 54, the famed ’70s-era New York nightspot, the seating in the Bacharach collection combines velvet upholstery and brushed brass bases.

Another feature of this ’70s style? A palette of happy hues like daffodil, gumball pink, acid green and sky.

You’ll see lots of kicky pop-art prints on textiles and wallpaper. Fab’s got graphic throw pillows in trippy, candy-colored hues.

So here we go, 2018. Some of us are ready to cozy up with Netflix and a faux-fur throw in a quiet room wrapped in milk-chocolate paint. Others want to enliven our space with a madcap array of fun prints, a gold chandelier and the tunes turned up.

This year, it’s all good.

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