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Sprucing Up for Spring by Mellisa Rollins, Daniel Furniture

The season of spring brings with it a feeling of new beginnings. We watch as the cold hard ground of winter begins to show signs of life with daffodils poking their green leaves through and crocus blooming despite the chill that still lingers. Birds are busy preparing nests and we too are stirred with the desire to “change it up” in our homes. But where do we begin?

Let’s start by taking a look at the latest trends. Earlier this year, Pantone announced their “Color of the Year.” Pantone has chosen 15-0343 Greenery. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said of the selection, “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize, and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

This is just what we need, a color that embodies new life and vitality; a color that promotes peace and calm; a color that says breathe deeply and relax…Green. It’s not hard to see why a shade of green was chosen. With this hurry-up, fast-paced and oftentimes stressful society we live in, we need to find ways to bring calm into our places of refuge. Our homes should be a place we go to be still and reboot.

According to Jayne Anna Mize of trend forecaster Fashion Snoops, this need for calmness is part of a macro trend that also has consumers seeking less stuff and more personal connections. They want fewer but better things, heightened experiences and longer lasting products. With that being said, starting our “change up” may be as simple as removing the clutter. Less is more. Instead of wall to wall furniture, accessories and stuff, we need to appreciate our space and buy well-made pieces that exhibit both functionality and style.

Next, we might choose to embrace the color of the year. If green is a favorite color of yours, you are in luck! Just about any given shade of green can be found throughout the upholstery industry as well as rugs, and even furniture finishes. However, if the thought of green walls cause you to shudder, there are many ways to welcome the trendy shade that don’t require locked in commitment. Bringing plants in, accessories, lamps, pillows and wall art are just some of the ways you can usher the calming shade of green into your space.

Lastly, never let your own personal style get lost in the pursuit of trends. Keep in mind that you and your family will be living in this space so make your “change up” one that will not only reflect who you are but will be enjoyed by all who will be using it.

Learn more: Daniel Furniture & Electric Co., Inc. 848 South Main Street, Mocksville, NC 336-751-2492 • danielfurniturenc.com