Fashion’s new pastels will dominate spring interiors

The fashion world is abuzz about the new “it” colors for spring (yes, they think that far ahead). But is the interior design industry behind or ahead of fashion trends?

I believe that fashion and design have equal influences on each other and run pretty much in tandem. Ideas for patterns, prints and textures fluidly transfer from fashion to interiors and vice versa. Much of this revolves around color and can be attributed to the recently released Pantone 2012 spring palette, which will echo through soon-to-debut fashion and décor trends. Spring’s new colors include solar power (deep yellow), sweet lilac (vivid lavender), driftwood (sharp gray), cockatoo (rich aqua) and cabaret (vibrant pink).

“Designers have taken a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

That’s also true in home and interior décor. The quickest and most effective way to update the look of a room full of neutral furnishings is by adding pops of current colors. A decorative pillow in the hue of the season breathes new life into a sofa, or a piece of coffee table art in just the right shade suddenly makes a room feel contemporary.

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