ELLE DECOR on 2011 spring-summer trends

Elle Decor - Allison Mezzafonte

In the spirit of our REFRESH YOUR HOME promotion, we decided to engage in some casual Q&A with some of the industry’s most respected connoisseurs. First up? ELLE DECOR’s very own Executive Online Editor Allison Mezzafonte, and her take on this year’s trends, some tips on classics, and the dos and don’ts of interior décor.

Q: What are some must-have décor elements for the spring-summer season?

A: Emerald green, which was big on the runway last fall, is popping up all over this spring and we are so excited to see it. This rich jewel tone is bold yet sophisticated and will add major impact to a space, whether it’s with a chic crystal vase from Lalique, or with an upholstered piece in a silk-cotton ikat by Madeline Weinrib (both pieces in above picture). We’ve featured some of our favorite emerald green pieces in this month’s Trend Alert at Elledecor.com.

BTR tip: Bright, popping pieces like the ones mentioned above, or like an eye-catching barstool by Zuo Modern can revitalize your space in an instant.

Q: What is the most timeless piece of furniture or home décor element that one could own?

A: A truly timeless piece won’t fade with designs of the day, so be sure to choose something you love, something you can live with. An item that will appreciate in value over time and become a family heirloom is a great investment—consider a piece of artwork by an artist whom you admire, a beautiful silver service, or a lovely set of dishes.

BTR tip: A timeless Mark Rothko painting (or print—more affordable) can add a splash of color to your space and call out other similar shades in your décor.

Q: What are the hottest color palettes in 2011?

A: Bright, bold shades of orange are everywhere this year. Another great color trend we’ve spotted is orange paired with pinks and violets in fabrics. Together, they create a pretty watercolor effect; it’s like an off shoot of the classic ikat, but a little bit softer.

BTR tip: Make the best of bold orange and emerald green by dressing your floor with a gorgeous area rug by eCarpet Gallery’s The Legacy Collection.

Q: What’s the biggest interior decoration faux-pas?

A: Shopping out of necessity. You should only buy things you truly love. Wait until you find the right piece—it is so worth the wait.

BTR tip: Take advantage of all five REFRESH YOUR HOME events to revamp your space with pieces you love at a price you can afford!

All events begin Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM (ET).

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