With the economy still high on the agenda, we inevitably seek security, comfort in the familiar. Bright colors suddenly seem too shouty and brash, while rigid geometrics come across as cold and unforgiving. We're subconsciously seeking the design equivalent of a warm hug, a role that nature with its curves, flowers and foliage fulfils beautifully. Here are some of the ones we feel fit the bill, in the colors that best suit the mood for spring 2011: blues, greens and greys.
Blues are associated with optimism, a sentiment in demand in hard economic times.
From green veg to green tea, green has always been associated with longevity.
This stunning wallpaper by Miriam Ocariz (below left) embodies the look for spring with its florals, soft edges and various hues of green. If you're after something a little more vibrant then we love this gorgeous Richmond Park paper (right).
As sobering as grey may be it needn't be boring. Instead of flat color blocking have a look at theses textured shades which suggest a looser, more artistic feel.
Or from Bemz, Designer Göta Trägårdh's Josephine in Graphite Grey has the perfect organically soft shapes most sought after this spring. Also try, Fandango, Praliini and Pirput Parput from the Marimekko collection or Frescati Plaid.
Credit: Elle Decoration, April 2011