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Fresh colour scheme: Spring flowers

Spring is almost here and one way to ring the changes is bringing the spring flower palette indoors from the garden to your living room, dining room and bedroom. Although it can be, this range of purples, violets and indigo hues doesn’t have to be ultra-feminine. These colours are suitable for many setting and many tastes, if used well and taken in one direction can feel Japanese, or in another quite like a Monet painting. Adding a little blue, purple or violet to your home is a great way to freshen up your home’s look as well as add a light and cheery atmosphere.

About this spring flower palette

This spring floral palette takes its inspiration from spring-blooming flowers. Included in this palette are the gentle purple hues of orchids, the deep purple and indigo shades of hyacinths, the reddish-purple tones of blossoms and the blue, lavender and purple colours of violets.

Combined well, these colours can evoke the look of a garden bursting into life, or a flower stall brimming with colour.  To do this, use violets and lavenders as your accent colours, for things like throws, candles and/or pillows. The pinker tones of this palette work well as background colours, in such things as woodwork and upholstery, whereas the darker purple and indigo hues should be used sparingly for dramatic effect.

Decorative ideas using the spring flowers palette

This look works best with light-coloured furniture and walls and rooms with abundant natural light. Keep accessories to a minimum to allow the beauty and colour of the individual items to shine through and not appear as a jumble.

 

Rose Pillows

The subtle pink hue of these sofa pillows from Maisons du Monde add depth and interest to a spring flower room without being overwhelming. £13.19

Monet’s PRINTEMPS À GIVERNY

Why not accessorise the look with an art print from one of France’s perennial favourites, Claude Monet. A name synonymous with natural beauty, hazy sunshine and flowers rich with colour, Monet had a lifelong passion for the shimmering light of the natural world. Another spring painting in the Giverny series recently sold for $15M, so we’re not alone in liking Monet’s flowers!

These beautiful blossoming trees from Monet’s own garden at Giverny are bursting with spring life. Print from £47

Dress to Impress

This small dressing table from Feather & Black, with its gracefully-curved legs, is made of light, weathered oak, a perfect shade to complement spring flower accessories and with an antique look befitting of Monet. £549.

Chesterfield

Add a classic look with this Chesterfield sofa and love seat. These classic upholstered pieces from Lombok add graceful lines and style without competing with the colourful accessories in the spring flower palette. Sofa £ 2205.75, Love seat £ 1525.75.

Bone Inlay Mirror

Using mirrors is another way to achieve the light-filled look that’s the heart of this design motif. This Bone inlay mirror from Artisanti also has a floral design around the frame. £ 224.00.

Throw

This Heather throw from CFS is a perfect accompaniment to a spring-themed room. Toss it over a cream-coloured coach or upholstered chair. £29.

Rug

This pink rug from Habitat, is ideal for a spring-themed room. Not only is it made of recycled sari material making each one unique, but it reflects the pinks, roses and orchid colours that are the hallmark of this design style. And we like to think it looks a bit like the hazy, brighter end of an Impressionist painting! £350.00

Don’t forget to get some real flowers and place them in simple glass or light coloured vases to complete the look!

Incorporating the spring flower palette into your home decor is all about getting the right mixture of light and dark hues, soft and textured fabrics and well-chosen accessories. With a little time and effort, the look can transform your rooms into a spring haven that’s cheery and inviting year-round.

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  • Joan is an interior design project planner and freelance writer from Boston Massachusetts who lives with her husband and two bulldog terriers outside Wellfleet on Cape Cod.

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