As the seasons change our colors indoors begin to reflect Mother Nature’s palette outdoors. Fall brings browns, golds, oranges, reds and yellows, winter brings, greens, reds and whites, and spring and summer hues are light and bright. Pastel’s dominate spring and brighter tones are added as we move deeper in to the warmer weather.
Reflecting these seasonal changes in our wardrobe and in our home is an energizing event that does not have to zing our bank account. Small, inexpensive changes can have a huge impact if done correctly.
Adding a few bright color spots in the flower bed or on the porch is a quick and inexpensive touch. Pastel colored pots or front porch accessories, and small gardening signs welcome spring with a bit of whimsy.
As we move indoors with our flair for change, the touches of color can be as simple as changing out the throw blanket and pillow on the sofa or chair. Put away the deeper hued kitchen towels and bring out the sunny colors to brighten your cook space.
Scent can alter moods quickly and bringing in a cucumber, lemon, coconut, mango or subtle floral scent can lighten the room dramatically.
While the basic spring palette boasts light pastels, each year brings it’s own trends. Better Homes and Gardens® has revealed it’s first ever Color Palette of the Year, in it’s April issue with a collection of seven colors showcasing the most current trends from home to fashion. You will find advice on how to use the hues to have them working together beautifully in multiple combinations.
The 7 colors that the editors of Better Homes and Gardens have chosen are colbalt, yellow, lavender, apple green, chambray, coral and beige. The piece will show readers more about how to use these in everything from fashion to interior design. The April’s issue is available on local news stands March 18th. This is one issue we will make sure we do not miss.
With the advance of smart phones and social media trends, engaging readers to interact with their favorite brands is a trend consumers are loving. Digital issues are becoming interactive and readers are able to discuss topics with their favorite brands in real time. Embracing this trend, BHG is launching it’s third Instagram photo contest. Readers take pics and share photos of their favorite color palettes on Instagram, using the hashtag #BHGColor, to enter the brand’s ‘Fave Color Palette’ photo contest. Each week one winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card, and at the end of the contest, one of those winners will be selected to win the grand prize of $500. read official rules and entry at BHG.com/Win.