by Christine Dovey

Like most of us, I always want the skinny on what’s the latest and greatest…especially when it comes to décor. Trying to stay ahead of the curve is always the name of the game and when it comes to design, one has to be quick if they want to come out on top.

For spring, interior design is definitely seeing an influence from its fashion and accessory counterparts.  Great colour palates, bold patterns and rich metals are ruling the roost.

If you want to jump on board with what’s hot for spring in the home, take a look at these top 5 home décor trends:

1.  Metallics

Rich metals are on fire right now in terms of décor, with gold and brass experiencing a real renaissance. Nothing adds a dash of glamour and warmth to a space like a hit of shiny metal.  Adding metallic accessories is an easy and affordable way to richen up a space and can easily be changed out down the road.  If you’re feeling especially brave, try adding some brass lightening or hardware because if you ask me, gold is most definitely the most delightful metal of the bunch!

2.  Rich Colour

Like we’re seeing on the runways, the palate for spring is both bold and fresh.  Strong, rich shades (as with year’s Pantone colour of the year, Tangerine Tango) are sharing the spotlight with soft and sweet sherbet hues.  If your main furniture pieces are fairly neutral in tone, try adding a dash of colour by changing out throw pillows and accessories.  Use what you already have to decide the palate that works best for your space and remember that for spring, perhaps the easiest way to add beautiful colour is with the addition of fresh flowers.

Metallics: Pattern: Colour:

3.  Bold Pattern

Open up any décor magazine and you’ll see pattern mixed on top of pattern, with a little more thrown in for good measure.  From Ikats to Suzanis and from florals to animal prints, bold pattern mixing is most definitely in vogue.  As with colour, the easiest way to work with this trend is to try it out in small doses…investing in some new throw pillows or a perhaps a great vintage Persian rug, is a quick way to add a lot of punch to your space.  Try to balance things out by pairing geometrics on top of florals and large scale patterns with small ones and don’t be afraid to experiment- with this trend, there really are no rules.

4.  Plants

Similarly to gold, the house plant is experiencing a bit of a rebirth.  Gone are the days of hanging spider plants and window sills cluttered with pots.  A modern take on the proverbial green thumb, calls for single large scale plants as the focal point in a room.  And the two species on the top of springs wish list…the Fiddle Fig and the Indoor Orange/citrus tree.  Both add a natural but oh so graphic punch to any space.

5. Bar Carts

Nothing screams the joy of spring more than the idea of cocktails with friends on a sunny deck.  Perhaps the huge trend towards decorating with bar carts is in part due to our love of warm weather entertaining.  Whatever the cause, bar carts and decorating with all that goes with them, is a decidedly hot trend for spring…and the more glamorous the cart, the better.

Orange Tree: Bar cart:


Christine Dovey is a lover of all things pretty and most things pink.  As an art teacher in her past life, and a stay at home mom to three kids, she’s also the curator of Bijou and Boheme – a blog that details her musings on design, fashion and art.  Christine’s style can best be described as a blushy cocktail of feminine pretty and regency glamour, with a dash of quirky modern thrown in for good measure.  She believes that the most beautiful things in life are worth waiting for and that great design should feel like a gorgeous art exhibit…personal, collected and memorable.




Bar cart

Orange Tree





Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


    • christine {bijouandboheme} Reply

      Thanks Nichole!!! Was such a fun article to put together…loving the trends for Spring 2012!!

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