Five (or More) Colors to Decorate With This Spring


As Spring unfolds, the world around us blossoms and blooms, splashing color everywhere. Green buds start popping on trees, perennials emerge from their winter slumbers, and birds make their northern migration back home. Nature is waking up and getting ready for a new year.

A great way to shake off some of the winter doldrums and the stay-at-home blues yourself is to decorate your house and bring a splash of spring to your interior as well.

If you've been decorating your house in a lot of neutrals and muted colors, you don't have to upend your entire style or repaint every room in the house. Rather, you can add splashes and blooms of color with things like throw pillows, rugs, art, and even flowers.

Here are a few colors that the interior design experts have been suggesting for Spring 2020.

Classic Blue

Pantone named Classic Blue (19-4052) their Color of the Year for 2020, and we're actually a little reassured by that. That's not surprising, given what Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute said about their choice:

We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking, challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.

So, you know, a couple throw pillows ought to accomplish all that.

Actually, the nice thing about this Classic Blue is that it's such a rich, vivid color, a little bit goes a long way. We've been seeing it used in a lot of neutral-decor homes, like Modern Farmhouse, as a way to add some color to the grays and neutrals, but you can add a rug, a piece of furniture, or even an accent wall with the rich hue.


The color of marigolds, sunflowers, and daffodils, yellow is a definite springtime color that adds brightness and light to a room without painting it white. It's the color of sunshine, positivity, and energy.

Yellow is an ancient color in the art world: Yellow ochre pigment was found in a 17,000 year old cave painting in Lascaux cave in France.

However, too much yellow can be overwhelming and should be used sparingly. That's why Good Housekeeping recommends that you use the color in small doses, such as with "fresh flowers, accent pillows, throw blankets, or a funky light fixture".

Sage & Olive Green

Good Housekeeping says that that while masculine colors like hunter green (and navy blue and saddle brown) may be top-trending colors this year, they can also be brightened up for the spring.

One example of that is olive green, a great spring color that can be paired with "lots of indoor plants for a serious celebration of spring."

It can be used in paint, pillows, and upholstery. We haven't seen it in any appliances yet, and those of us who lived through the 1970s may not want to go back to that just yet. But it's a nice springtime look for those various accents.

Good Housekeeping also liked sage green because it's soft and muted."It feels so fresh, organic, and can be used in both masculine and feminine spaces," Bria Hammel of Bria Hammel Interiors told the magazine.

For example, in your bedroom, you can also put away your heavy quilts and blankets and cover the bed with a nice sage green light quilt or sham covers.

Coral & Blush

Speaking of the Pantone Color Institute, Living Coral was the 2019 color of the year. It's a little darker than pink, and can really brighten up a small space. It's such an energetic color, it can be uplifting if you put it in the right place.

Paint or wallpaper a small room like your mudroom, your half-bathroom, or even a laundry room with a nice coral to give it some energy.

Blush is another popular color for 2020. Since "Millennial Pink" doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon, blush is a nice reminder of the color without making an entire room look like a 7-year-old's birthday cake.

Blush is more of a subtle, neutral color that would go nicely with a sage green for some balance.

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black Paint

Paint a room black? Sure, if you've got the right kind of room. A black wall, or even a black room, combined with lighter, brighter colors can give you a modern, chic look.

TheSpruce.com raves about Sherwin-Williams Tricorn black, because it's "void of any undertones and pairs beautifully with nearly every shade."

You can use it in your living room, or even your bedroom. Sherwin-Williams said painting your TV wall black can camouflage your television when it's turned off. But a white sofa or piece of artwork can really stand out against a black backdrop.

Whether it's finding the right colors of paint and wallpaper for a couple rooms, or helping you choose new furniture and redesigning your entire home, Parker Gwen can help you give your space a spring feeling. Just call us at support@parkergwen.com or visit our website for more information.

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