Watercolor songbirds and irises are on artwork at West Elm, the latter painted on birch wood for an interesting effect. (www.westelm.com )
Lauren Conrad’s Tea Berry bedding collection for Kohl’s is done in a dreamy mix of peach, mint and cream. (www.kohls.com )
At the other end of the spectrum, clean, clear bright colors add exuberant pops.
“Americans seem ready to infuse their surroundings with optimistic, bold, mood-changing color,” says Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance, in High Point, N.C. At last fall’s High Point Furniture Market, where designs for spring are introduced, the emphasis was on one hue in particular, she says: “Intense blues seemed to dominate.”
Think dramatic yet familiar shades like cobalt, lapis and sapphire.
Wisteria offers a Louis XVI-style chair upholstered in royal blue linen and a blue-glazed ceramic stool that could find a comfy spot indoors or out. Pottery Barn’s Cambria collection of Portuguese stoneware comes in a deep ocean blue, and there is coordinating indigo napery in polka dots or tile prints. (www.wisteria.com ; www.potterybarn.com )
Radiant Orchid and Exclusive Plum, two more colors of the year, are showing up on accessories and furniture like All Modern’s Sunpan velvet bench with Lucite legs, and slipper chairs, side tables and trays at Homegoods. Pennsylvania-based custom cabinet-maker Plain & Fancy is even offering versions of the hue, suggesting it for accent pieces like kitchen islands, media centers and armoires. (www.AllModern.com ; www.homegoods.com ; www.plainfancycabinets.com )
Crisp apple red adds punch to neutrals — check out Target’s Threshold Windham collection of floor cabinets for practical storage in a fun, fresh color. The Candace upholstered armchair in a zippy, red-on-white oversize floral print would energize a room. (www.target.com )