You know Spring is here when the flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up and trend predictions are in for 2014.  I have been tracking all the new trend predictions for this year, some new and some that refuse to go away.

The most obvious is… (drum roll please).

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Images by: Paint colors – BHG, Vase – Inspired by Charm, Wreath – DIYInsprired, Leather chair Beneath My Heart

Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid.  Pantone describes it as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.”   You will be seeing it in fashion, beauty and interiors.  It can be livened up with yellows and oranges, while complementing blues, turquoise and teal. It also brightens up neutral shades of gray, beige and taupe.

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Floral Pattern – Simon Scarboro via House to Home via Homes.com, Throw – CocoCozy, Gold polka dots – My Scandinavian Home via Making Lemonade

This year has a wide range of patterns. I picked my favorite four: chintz, geometric prints, bold stripes and big polka dots.

Florals come under the chintz category and seem to be falling into one of two categories: soft romantic, hand printed or bold, abstract and over sized. Geometric prints are everywhere. Using a pillow or throw with a geometric pattern is a great way to add a mix of textures and patterns to a room. Bold stripes can be intimidating, but have no fear, you don’t have to paint a wall with stripes to incorporate them into your home decor. Spruce up a room with a striped rug, lamp shade or pillows.  Have fun with stripes thick and thin, monochromatic, horizontal and vertical.  Polka dots are eye catching and playful, just the thing to perk up a room or wall.  If you’re planning on using a lot of large polka dots, keep the color palette in the room simple or it could be overwhelming.

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Antlers – Nesting Place , Crate shelf – Oliver and Rust, Gold mason jar – Pictilio via Style Me Pretty, Room with layers – Horchow, Table setting – via Hot Style Design, Chicken wire – Mixr via Trendey, Chalkboard- HGTV, White coffee table – via The Growers Daughter, Green chairs – Jen Langston via thekitchn

This style will be with us for at least another year and it is my personal favorite! A mismatch of old and new with unique pieces that show people who you are. This is a budget friendly style that allows you to freshen up the look of a room by replacing just a few pieces at a time rather than having to redecorate the whole room.

I did find that no particular style is “out”.  It is all about making your home unique and personal by upcycling and personalizing items and finding that those items that can be used to accent your room.

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Chair – The French Tangerine, Black and white rug – Caitlin Wilson, Mirror table – Bright Nest via Hometalk, Lamp – Martha Stewart

Grey is the new neutral and the freshest way to spruce up your neutrals is with a pop of color.  Accenting with yellow is a favorite.  Whether you choose color or patterns, just adding a few in a room can give it a completely new and refreshing look, plus it’s inexpensive (which I am all about).

Which ever color, pattern or style you choose to incorporate into your home, just remember to have fun with it.  Take your time, you don’t have to redecorate a whole room in one day.  Many existing pieces in a room can be revamped and upcycled at little too no cost at all.  Check back on my next trend post filled with ideas to turn old into new pieces for your home.

melinda