6 Spring Decorating Trends, Translated

HGTV HOME design director Nancy Fire travels around the world in search of the hottest design, color and textile trends. Discover her must-try trends for spring decorating, plus learn the best ways to use them in your home this season.

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November 25, 2014
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The Trend: The New Florals

Forget your grandmother's floral wallpaper: The freshest floral fabrics highlight painterly watercolor techniques on a large scale, Nancy says.

Use It: Watercolor Florals

The easiest way to incorporate these fresh florals into your home? Add a throw pillow for instant vibrancy, or spring for a new set of window treaments. Image courtesy Blue Bell Gray

The Trend: Chunky Knits

"I'm seeing lots of textural fabrics with a melange of color," Nancy says. She spotted this pink pillow with an exaggerated woven texture at Paris design and textile show Maison & Objet.

Use It: Chunky Knits

To keep the chunky knit trend looking sophisticated, choose a single piece -- think pouf, pillow or throw -- to highlight in your space. Sticking to neutral knits, like these pieces from Nordic House, allows the texture to take center stage.

The Trend: Updated Metallics

The copper trend is still going strong, Nancy says, but the newest metallic pieces feature a mix of color and shimmer: Think sparkling, natural pieces inspired by watercolors, like these plates she spotted during Paris Design Week.

Use It: Updated Metallics

A copper pendant adds on-trend shine to this modern dining room created by HGTV's Kitchen Cousins. For a more inexpensive take on this look, try updating a plain metal pendant with copper spray paint.

Use It: Updated Metallics

Try out the colorful metallics trend with a DIY art project. Paint a canvas with a bold hue of your choice, then add gold, silver or copper leaf to make it shimmer. Image courtesy of HOME

The Trend: Romantic Pastels

"I keep seeing more of these romantic, soft, fusion pastels," Nancy says. Within the pastels trend, there's one hue that's outshining others: Purple! Here, Coddington Design paired an ivory headboard with lavender, slate and orchid pillows.

Use It: Romantic Pastels

Combine soft greens and pinks with bold accents to create a traditional living room with a little bit of an edge. Design by Fawn Galli

Use It: Romantic Pastels

In the bedroom, mixing pastels mixed with deeper tones, like the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, creates a more sophisticated look, Nancy says. Design by Angie Hranowsky

The Trend: Neutrals With Pop

The word, "neutrals" may bring to mind basic beige, but the "new neutrals" trend, which swaps in soft gray, hunter green, blush pink or even navy blue, is still going strong.

Use It: Neutrals With Pop

The freshest way to use new neutrals? Layer unexpected pops of color on top, says Nancy. Here, Coddington Design used Champagne pink as a warm neutral, then layered in boldly-hued books, artwork and fireplace tiles.

Use It: Neutrals With Pop

For modern-leaning spaces, try a monochromatic neutral sofa, rug and wall hue and just a few colorful elements, like throws, pillows or artwork. Design by Design Development

The Trend: Textured Ceramics

"Ceramics are exploding in the home as accent pieces representing color, texture and scale," Nancy says. She spotted these large-scale textured vases at Maison & Objet.

Use It: Textured Ceramics

Here, designer Anna Williams used a contemporary faceted vase in a traditional living room to add unexpected edge. Monochromatic ceramic pieces allow the chunky texture to shine.

Use It: Textured Ceramics

Retro furniture lovers, take note: Shop your favorite vintage stores for a textured 1960s lamp that captures today's hot trend. Replace the shade, like designer Brian Patrick Flynn did here, to give it a modern look.

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