Design Recipes: Decorating with strong spring colors

Cathy Hobbs
Tribune News Service

Now that spring is officially here, incorporating color will be one of the main ways to infuse warmth and color into your space.

Citrus colors can help brighten and lighten a space to usher spring into your home.

Citrus colors can include orange, green and yellow, and many shades of colors such as orange and green often have yellow undertones. Citrus colors are also often considered to be gender-neutral, so if you are looking to select universally appealing colors for a living room, master bedroom, child’s room or nursery, citrus colors are the way to go.

Orange: Orange is a happy color that can be seen as both youthful and sophisticated. Pair orange with a rich charcoal gray or black and it can serve as a gorgeous accent color in a master bedroom or living room. Conversely, pair orange with hot pink and you have the makings of a festive children’s room.

Yellow: Yellow is a fun, festive color that can range from bright and bold to deep and rich. A deep mustard yellow can brighten a space just as much as a brighter shade of yellow. Yellow is one of the best choices to make a room feel bright and cheery, as well as for spaces that receive limited natural sunlight.

Green: Green is a color that can take a room in a number of different directions. A dark, deep green can create a warm, sophisticated look, or alternatively a bright lime can be ideal for spring. A crisp, citrus green can also pair well with other citrus colors.

Citrus colors have become the new “it” colors for spring, allowing homeowners to think beyond traditional yellows and pinks. Citrus colors are also non-trendy, allowing you to enjoy them year-round.