STYLE AT HOME By Mary Carol Garrity

Jump into spring with pillows

By Mary Carol Garrity | McClatchy-Tribune Published:

Every spring, as the first crocuses push their way through the frozen ground, I whirl through my home switching the heavy layers of my winter décor to the lighter, brighter colors and patterns of spring.

One of the first spots I hit? My accent pillows. Adding a few spring pillows to your sofa or bedding is one of the fastest, easiest and most fun ways to hit the "refresh" button on your interior decorating.

Here are three ways to jump into spring with pillows:

1. Embrace new spring colors.

Emerald green, navy, white -- they are big, big, big this season. There is something so springy, so crisp and clean about navy, and when it's paired with the brilliance of white and the vibrancy of emerald, it's magical.

When you pull in the colors of the season, don't be afraid to mix up the shades.

I toss together all pigments of greens and blues, just like Mother Nature does. I think it adds more depth.

Another wildly popular spring color scheme is preppy pink and green. It's a classic combo, but looks brand new when re-envisioned using today's cleaner, more saturated patterns.

Don't be afraid to layer up lots of bold colors, like lime green, fuchsia and goldenrod.

2. Explore new spring patterns.

Some of this year's popular spring patterns are electrifying and make my heart thump with joy. But spring patterns don't have to include a rainbow of peppy colors. Pare down to two or three colors, such as a wonderful green and white, found on a freshly patterned pillow. Toss it on a chair, including your dining host and hostess seats, and you are ready for the season.

Spring is also the perfect time for quiet color palettes. The soft blues and tans in the pillows pictured are dreamy and light and serene, like a spring day. Florals have made a big comeback in the past few years. But today's flower power is cleaner, less busy, utilizing strong color blocks and empty space.

3. Experiment with new shapes.

When you add your new spring pillows to your sofa, chairs or bedding, experiment with different shapes. Instead of just tossing matching square pillows on each corner of your sofa, incorporate three different-sized pillows in a variety of shapes. For example, if your sofa came with two 18-inch square pillows, as a lot of them do, add in a larger-sized set of pillows, from 21 to 27 inches square.

If you are tired of the upholstery on your sofa, or if the pillows that came with your sofa are getting worn down, have a new pillow cover made to replace the old. You will be amazed by how this easy switch instantly updates the look of your sofa. Then, strategically add a variety of pillow shapes to give your furniture that unbeatable custom look.

This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity's blog at www.nellhills.com. She can be reached at marycarol@nellhills.com.

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