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Flower power is blooming in spring
Floral prints add palette of cheerful colors
 
Published Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:03 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

From home décor to fashion, floral motifs will be in full bloom this spring. 

COURTESY MACY'S
Betsey Johnson’s fit and flare dress demonstrates the floral motif that’s proving popular this season.

Expect to see a posy of botanicals in all sizes infusing a burst of the season’s cheerful colors in everything from menswear to tablescapes. 

“This isn’t your average garden party,” said Josh Saterman, a vice president and fashion director for millennial at Macy’s. “This spring, you will find floral influences in shoes, handbags, brooches and necklaces.”

When updating your wardrobe this spring, Saterman suggests going for bold, bright colors using green as a base. He also encourages experimenting with mixing different florals but warns that it’s important to be careful not to get too carried away.

“It’s all about balance,” he said. “Play with scale as well; bigger florals on the bottom and smaller on the top. To balance the look, match your floral back to solids, so that your floral message really pops.”

When it comes to home décor, garden-inspired merchandise is definitely on trend.

“Florals are key to home every spring season,” said Stephen Cardino, a vice president and fashion director for home at Macy’s. “What makes them new this year is a focus on watercolor and wildflower motif, as well as larger, oversized floral patterns.”

He suggests using white as a foundation because it serves as a clean contrast to both cool metals and natural woods, which are common staples in many households.

Cardino suggests the following tips for creating a playful spring-inspired table.

• Start with a foundation of pure white dishes, and incorporate different shapes and finishes for added interest.

• Mix materials and textures to add depth and variety. For example, try pairing straw placemats with embossed stainless flatware and metal serveware to add a bit of sparkle.

• Add color with glassware. The season’s newest styles focus on color concentrated at the base of the glass instead of solid monotone colors throughout the entire glass.

• Consider oversized watercolor floral napkins. They will complement the glasses and add a hint of pattern to the table.

• No matter what season, lighting is key to all tablescapes. Cluster candlestick holders in the center of your table and use pure white candles for a clean, crisp look. 

 

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