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Spring Style Guide: Plains and Prints

Home redecorating is a great way to showcase your personality, but it becomes more difficult when you are uncertain about using a subtle design or something bolder. Playing with colors and patterns allows you to create a sense of balance and contrast in your space. But going for the yin & yang effect may seem like a daunting task. A room can end up looking bland, or it can go overboard. The Balsam Hill blog lets you in on a few ideas on how to redecorate your space with colors and patterns but without the fear of “underdecorating” or “overdecorating”.

Solid Colors

If you are leaning towards something simple but are trying to get out of your shell, try using plains first. It won’t do well if you just buy a fancy printed couch and decide later on that it’s too flashy for you. Start small, but don’t be afraid to go a bit bold as well. For a fresh start, have your walls painted white. Then add an eyeful of color by placing a vivid red rug on your plain floors. You can also have your kitchen cabinets painted blue or a sunny shade of yellow.

                                                                 Eclectic Dining Room by Atlanta Interior Designer Habachy Designs

If you think the rug and the repainted cabinets are a bit too much, opt for something simpler. A few jewel-toned pillows on your couch will do the trick.

Patterns and Prints

For homeowners who want a bigger change, prints may be the answer they’re looking for. Patterns and prints come in various forms. A subtler pattern may be striped linens. For something fierce, think animal-print couches. With summer just around the corner, it would be a great idea to have your living space nautically inspired. Placing striped bathroom curtains in your private retreat is one way to have a relaxing bath. If you’re thinking of a bigger area, why not have stripes on your ceiling or on your kitchen floor? The Mustard Ceiling blog gives more home decorating ideas on how to incorporate stripes into your design.

                                                                   Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco Architect Gast Architects

For an eye-catching piece, invest in an animal-print couch or stool. Place the couch in your living room or the stool in your bedroom or study. These bold pieces of furniture are great accents!

A Fusion of Styles

Plains and prints are always a good match. Mount an abstract painting on your stark white walls or hang floral curtains to serve as a contrast. If you still want animal-print decor in your home but are quite hesitant to buy a couch, get some throw pillows instead, and prop them up your black leather couch.

                                                     Traditional Dining Room by Austin Interior Designer Heather Scott Home & Design

Like the fashion rule of never wearing a printed top over a printed skirt, striking a balance is always the way to go.

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.

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Spring Style Guide: Plains and Prints

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