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Decorating with Lively Spring Palettes

Hop into the new season by taking inspiration from these lovely spring-inspired spaces 

Written by Emily Benda
  • Werner Straube

    Florals, stripes, pastels, and sunshine take lead this season as the days get longer and the trees begin to bloom. Bring the outdoors indoors with spring color palettes that will brighten your mood as well as your home. 

    Soft yellow paneled walls complemented by creams and blues soothe nerves and warmly welcome guests to dine in serenity. Pear-shaped table lamps in white sit on either side of the blue credenza and a butter-colored rug plays off the walls. Touches of florals add to the cheerful ambiance.

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    Design: Tom Stringer

  • Nathan Schroder

    Elegant Tabletop

    This radiant tablescape gleams with sophisticated gold accents. Black matte plates from Replacements bring a modern twist to a classic white-and-gold tabletop. Pink glass grapes are emphasized by the contrasting tableware and add an organic feel to more formal place settings.   

    Design: Kara Cox

  • Brittany Ambridge

    Bright and Bold Sitting Area

    This vignette commands attention with vivid shades of blues and greens. Yellow decorative accents on the walls and in the display cabinet punctuate the space. A geometric rug and chair upholstered in a spotted fabric create interest. 

    Design: Lance Jackson & David Ecton

  • Werner Straube

    Floral Bedroom

    A light, feminine aura is achieved thanks to a rose and pale blue palette and soft scalloped-edge bedding. Dreamy white drapes filter the sunlight, and a French-styled armoire takes center stage with a delicate foliage hand-painted design. 

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    Design: Todd Richesin

  • Peter Krumhardt

    Cheerful Brunch Setting

    Lovely florals and hues of purple, blue and green set the scene for a lively brunch. A watercolor pattern on drapery panels repeats on placemats. Napkins in varying colors are topped with a petite bird's nest as a playful nod to spring. Individual flower pots serve as verdant placecards and a thoughtful gift for guests.

  • Dustin Peck

    Pretty in Purple

    Trim painted purple softens an indigo checkered floor in this charming entry. Blue-and-white pottery serves as perfect vase for blooming flowers. A dark walnut credenza with gold hardware brings warmth to the space and grounds the stylish entry. 

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    Design: Traci Zeller

  • Werner Straube

    Sunny Sitting Room

    Yellow painted walls brighten and enlarge this modern sitting room. The blue artwork above the credenza is echoed by the glass top desk. 

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    Design: Kyle Roberts

  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    April Showers-Inspired Kitchen

    Rain-drop light fixtures and shades of blue bring a clean, water-inspired presence to this kitchen. A wide wall of windows reflects beautifully on the white cabinetry. 

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    Design: Tish Mills

  • John Bessler

    Coral Dining Room

    Coral shell-patterened wallpaper pops against neutrals in this inviting dining area. Golds and dark wood tones warm the space and add elegance to the fun coral color. A hanging lantern light plays off the walls with its geometric design.

    Design: Christina Murphy

  • Eric Roth

    Neutral Entry

    Whimsical patterned wallcovering and all-white walls and windows offer a warm welcome. Dark wood floors and a black-and-gold console provide contrast. Colorful glass hurricanes on either side of hydrangeas bring sweet color inside. 

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    Design: Susan Zises Green

  • Peter Krumhardt

    Blue and Gold Tabletop

    A zebra print tablecloth in deep gold grounds this table setting with a funky flair that gets balanced by traditional damask napkins. White rattan placemats merge casual with formal when placed with gold rimmed porcelain plates. Cornflower blue brings the color of a spring sky to the table. 

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  • Michael Garland

    Warm-Toned Sitting Room

    Pinks, corals, and browns cheerfully welcome guests to sit back and enjoy this sitting area. Lively mixed patterns are balanced by the chocolate and cream rug. Glass doors leading to the pool area reflect warm sunrays; layered off-white drapes create intimacy. 

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    Design: Michael Ostrow and Roger Stoker

  • Werner Straube

    Vibrant Living Area

    This open floor plan home embraces accents of greens and blues on an all-white canvas. A geometric rug anchors the living room where eyes wander over the patterned sitting chair, fringe-trimmed blue sofa, and clean-cut coffee table. Neon yellow lanterns punctuate the kitchen.

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    Design: Elizabeth and Hope Schmidt 

  • Brittany Ambridge

    Light and Lovely

    A floral canopy pops against pale pink walls in this blushing bedroom. Pleated lampshades in blue and white enhance the feminine allure. White bedding is embellished with light blue borders and personal monograms. 

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    Design: Ware M. Porter

  • Tria Giovan

    Countryside Tabletop

    This tabletop embraces simplicity and outdoor sports with hunting scenes depicted on the plates and vase. Purples and greens soften the toile-like pattern, and monogramed napkins and ceramic candlestick holders add elegance to the modest tablescape. 

    Design: Rebecca Yuhasz Smith

  • Werner Straube

    Pastel Palette

    The pastel colors of spring make for a serene getaway. Pale blue walls and striking white cabinetry wrap the room in colors of the sky and clouds. Lettuce green upholstered chairs sit pretty around a table of blooms. 

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    Design: Skip Sroka

  • Werner Straube

    Budding Bedroom Retreat

    These shades of greens are sure to spark spring fever. A leafy green wallcovering and geometric printed drapes play up the soaring dimensions of this bedroom. Creams, golds, and grays temper the vibrant greens, making a serene escape to fall into a deep sleep. 

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    Design: Corey Damen Jenkins

  • Robert Brantley

    Pretty in Pink

    Florals take full attention in this master bedroom. White bedding and walls are enlivened with pops of pink flowers and greenery. Opposite the bed, Louis XV-style chairs are an elegant touch to a sitting area fit for royalty.  

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    Design: Robin Weiss

  • Michael Partenio

    Lovely Lilac Bathroom

    Lilac’s soft presence makes it a versatile shade that can be paired with any number of seasonal colors. Here, bubble-gum pink and violet help energize this bathroom with a springtime anticipation.  

  • Peter Krumhardt

    Pastel Patio

    Create a verdant oasis for springtime entertaining using powder blues and florals. A black spotted rug complements the pastel tablecloth from Mode Living. Abundant potted plants create depth and intimacy outdoors, tucking the space away like a secret garden. View the next slide to see a close-up of this springy tabletop. 

  • Peter Krumhardt

    Mixed and Matched Outdoor Tablescape

    Nature comes to this table courtesy of potted plants and wood-handled flatware. Aqua and gray stemware, along with mixed plate combinations, create a unique setting for each guest. A slate gray accent color is picked up first on pebble motif plates and echoed by votives scattered across the table.

  • Dominique Vorillon

    Welcoming Hall  

    Neutrals and greens create a color palette fit for spring. Twin tufted olive chairs sit on either side of a wooden console that welcomes guests with fresh flowers and scenic artwork. The classic black-and-white tiled flooring complements the muted greens. 

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    Design: Mark Williams

  • Michael Garland

    Headboard of Blossoms

    This vibrant palette makes waking up easy! Citrus yellows and greens awake the senses to take in the colorfully embroidered headboard. Shades of coral, plum, cerulean, and tangerine warm the acidic colors and create a richness with their detailed design. 

  • Michael Garland