You’ve heard that putting up your Christmas decorations early can make you feel happier, but what about ushering in spring a little ahead of schedule? According to room color psychology, the colors in your home can play a huge part in your daily feelings and emotions, especially while you’re spending so much time indoors (thanks, pandemic winter).
So why not flip your home—and your mood—before spring has officially sprung? If you’re looking for a lighter, brighter, more energized 2021, these are the hottest spring colors to choose from, all paired with interior designer Tina Ramchandani’s tips for making them work in your space.
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1. PISTACHIO OR DARK MINT GREEN
Choosing spring colors can be tricky, but if there’s one color that’s been a repeat request from Ramchandani’s clients, it’s green. A dark minty green, to be exact, and since we’re seeing pistachio take over the fashion world as well, it really makes sense.
“It's deep enough to feel safe,” Tina notes, “but it's still an exciting additional color to otherwise neutral spaces.” So, if you tend to favor neutrals, this is a great place to start. Not only is it chic when paired with your go-to ivories, browns and grays, but these muted greens can be enhanced even further with different green hues and other cool tones. It’s exactly the color all those natural furniture pieces of yours are begging to invite over.
2. KELLY GREEN
Speaking of the green family, Kelly Green is exactly the burst of vibrance you need bring the outdoors in, and if that’s not what we all need a little more of right now, we don’t know what is.
This classic color never goes out of style and can easily elevate a space just by existing in its sophisticated glory. Whether you add it to your walls, your statement pieces, pillows, curtains, throw blankets, you name it, this elegant green would be the perfect addition to your already-earthy spaces.
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3. BLUSH PINK
For anyone who’s nervous about introducing their neutral-hued home to the world of color, Ramchandani recommends working with pops of softer or darker-toned colors, like soft pinks or mauve to make the transition gradual.
While you can, of course, mix and match a variety of other colors, blush pink is almost always a foolproof option—especially for spring. After all, there’s a reason light pinks, specifically, are considered a non-neutral neutral in interior design, since they can so often replace creams and beiges and make other colors glow in the process. Invest in smaller items like soft pink pillows and multi-colored art if you’re feeling intimidated.
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Orange may not be in your typical color palette, but Terracotta will make you reconsider. It’s the perfect touch of orange that’ll ease you out of your comfort zone and into a whole new realm of color possibilities (and who knows what doors that’ll open IRL). The richness is styled best alongside warm accents like brown, cream and ivory for the perfect slice of WFH paradise. If you typically run toward neutrals but want to add a little something extra, let your favorite terracotta planters inspire you to have a little fun with your decor.
5. SKY BLUE
Keeping with the vacation vibes, mixing pale blues with your natural wood furniture and warm neutral walls will give you the beachy vibe of your dreams. Of course, incorporating colors like sky blue doesn’t mean you have to change your wall color. Try a rug, if you’d like a more temporary option. “Because rugs take up the majority of the floor space, they can be used to enhance your space in really interesting ways,” Tina highlights.
Bright pillows with light blue patterns, soft throw blankets or even peel-and-stick wallpaper, are also great (and often less expensive) options for temporary changes that’ll make a world of a difference in your space.