I love to look at creative, vivid spaces and use them for design inspiration. It sparks something in my brain. The 2019 Pantone Color of the year is Living Coral and this gorgeous, saturated hue can be used in lots of ways from boho decor to beautiful dishes. In our shop, Hollyhocks on Main, we use color to reflect changing seasons and decor trends because it is easy and affordable.
For example, we carry Vance Kitira candles in six colors — Cranberry, Tangerine, Lemongrass, Sea Glass, Melon White and Brown Sugar — and each season one or two of these colors are sprinkled throughout the shop. This Spring, the focus will be on coral (decor trend) and yellow with pops of fuchsia (seasonal change) so the Tangerine and Lemongrass candles will be featured.
Faux flowers from yellow forsythia garlands to orange poppies and pink and purple peonies will contribute to the color story while fresh flowers (daffodils and tulips) and green plants will add more color as well as interesting texture. By placing these around the shop (or your home) it creates the illusion of movement as your eyes flit from one thing to another while it draws you in.
We also use seasonal scents to reinforce the theme. This Spring, it is Votivo Saint Germaine Lavender which is a clean scent with notes of white linen, lavender, chamomile, vanilla and patchouli. And Chesapeake Bay Wild Lemongrass with top notes of Verbena, Lavender and Garden Mint and lower notes of Thyme and Coriander. Ahhh, the sweet smell of Spring is in the air!
To try at home pick a color that you love and speaks to the season… coral, for example! Place a bowl of blood oranges in the kitchen, a vase of orange and pink tulips in the living room and a Himalayan salt lamp in the bedroom (to cleanse the air and improve sleep). For a seasonal scent, burn a Chesapeake Bay Blood Orange candle while watching snow flurries outside your window…
Resources: Vance Kitira tapers and pear candles, Votivo candles and travel tins, Chesapeake Bay double wick tins (Hollyhocks on Main); Himalayan Salt Lamp (Amazon). Blood oranges and tulips in season right now (local grocery store).