With the warmer days comes a bouquet of colors and scents that awakens the senses from winter’s slumber and propels us forward with the vivacity of being reborn. As color is a very personal affair, ASPIRE Metro magazine spoke with designers to learn what color says spring to them and asked them to share the nuances that make it the perfect hue for the season.
Mary Morales | Brooklyn,NY
I was visiting a major high-end department store where I saw this shade of blue on a few fashion pieces that pulled my energy in a way I have never felt for a trending color of the season before. The Pantone color is called Limpet Shell. The color made me feel excited about the approach of spring. Much like the season, this color is warm, joyful, blissful, elegant, cheerful, energizing, vibrant and stunning, and it exudes the feel of being reborn. I was truly inspired by the Limpet Shell color that I started to visualize various designs with so many other complementary spring colors.
John Barman | NY,NY
John Barman Inc.
Yellow is the color that expresses everything one experiences with the onset of spring. It is uplifting and optimistic as golden daffodil and forsythia bloom. The daylight is longer and one feels the sun’s warmth. As we leave winter doldrums behind, these signs of renewal inspire a bright future. I have used it often for upholstery and accessories, and recently used it for the ceiling of a dining room.
Jason Oliver Nixon | NY,NY
The Madcap Cottage for Robert Allen
The Madcap Cottage gents are having a love affair with Eau de Nil, the pale green hue that appears to have been freshly plucked from an English conservatory. It’s fresh and fabulous for spring, and you can almost see the dewdrops gathering in the glory. We love this as a neutral shade and have just painted a ceiling and molding treatments with this refreshing tonic. Frankly, when we were in Egypt, the waters of the Nile were anything but this shade. They were inkier and muddy. But who cares? If a color can transport you to somewhere mythical and magical, all the better. Eau de Nil. Share the fantasy.
Dionne Gadsden | NY,NY
The very best of Mother Nature is displayed in the unbelievable color combinations she creates. Nothing says spring to me like the patches of purple croci that pepper the earth at the onset of the season. It doesn’t matter if the ground is still blanketed in snow, covered in cracked, dried sticks and barren brown, or already lush with blades of green; the rich purple hues of the crocus are simply a delightful sight, and they make me happy! I welcome the regal notice of this luxurious bloom as confirmation that warmer weather is indeed on its way. Spring croci bloom in a variety of hues, but I am in love with the solid ones that are deep purple and jewel-toned. I’m totally in awe of the way they cloak those saffron centers in the perfect hue relationship. Show me a purple crocus and I see spring in its best glory!
Susan Barbieri | NJ
Susan Barbieri Interior Design
The color pink especially abounds throughout the region and stands out in my mind as the true signature of spring. From the delicate light pink of cherry blossoms to the sweet pink of tulips to the vivid dark pinks of azalea bushes and rhododendrons, pink is everywhere we turn! The inspiration around us can easily be brought inside one’s home for a fresh new look. Pale pink can be a wonderful choice for a dining room mixed with gold and silver for elegance. A brighter pink can be paired with vivid green for an uplifting guest room or breakfast nook, and an assortment of deeper pinks can make the master bedroom look beautiful and romantic, especially when mixed with chocolate browns and cream tones.
Daniel Park | NY,NY
Daniel Park Design
Magnolia White. The fresh off-white color of the ethereal magnolia flower awakens my senses and breathes new life into spring. As I reflect on the changing of the seasons, much needed warmth in the air and new beginnings, I’m left with the desire to have a clean color palette – in nature, life, love
and my own home. This shade of white, paired with warm textures and treasured keepsakes, creates a sophisticated mood of restrained color. A truly refined statement.
Photography courtesy of Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun Staff
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