In September, the New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 runways were graced with watercolor prints that transported us to a romantic dream. Check out our four ways to bring these on-trend soft & blurry patterns into your space:
1. Peachy Keen
Warm peach, apricot and salmon hues are ideal ways to take on the trend because they’re flattering to any skin tone. Whether you’re wearing it or decorating a room with it, the hue adds an inner glow and is close enough to a neutral to work well with most color schemes. Try it in an aqueous stripe or floral pattern that looks like painted brush strokes.
2. Green with Envy
Designer Bibhu Mahapatra sent looks down the Spring 2014 runway that used clothing as a canvas, covering it in oversized green painterly florals. Recreate the look at home by using a table cloth with blurred flowers on it. We like the combination of blue, green & yellow, so either use a pattern that incorporates all of these hues, or bring them in with a flower arrangement and/or colorful dishes & flatware.
3. Neutral Territory
Christian Siriano, former Project Runway winner, rolled out watercolor botanical looks for Spring 2014, too. Instead of doing watercolor head-to-toe, he opted to use it as an accent against white & cream. If you have a neutral room at home (filled with beiges, creams or whites), this is the way to go. Simply add in a pillow or upholster an ottoman with a painterly blossoms, and you’ll instantly be on trend for 2014!
Love layering colors and prints in your outfits? Then mixing several watercolor prints together is the right route for you! Take inspiration from BCBG Max Azria’s dress and combine several flowery watercolor patterns in a room. Turn your bedroom into an enchanted garden by using the prints as bedding, pillows, a lamp shade—even try it in a picture frame. This look works best against white or grey walls.