Color me spring 

According to the Pantone Color Institute, the official authority on international color for home, fashion and graphic design, spring’s color palette embodies vibrant escape: coral rose (a zesty orange), peapod (a yellowgreen), regatta blue, lavender, silver cloud, blue curacao and russet brown. Pantone reports that the spring colors were inspired by Africa, India, Peru and Turkey, with colors that transport us to foreign lands.

Although the spring 2011 trends were predicted last fall, Oklahoma consumers are just now getting to see them alive — and in color — at our favorite home and fashion retailers. With the heat still hit-or-miss these days in the metro, stepping into spring is possible no matter the temps, via our wardrobe and our homes.

Brooke Ryan, an interior designer and design consultant at Norwalk Furniture, 12100 N. May inside Northpark Mall, says she is seeing a lot of lavender and yellow in the market and grays and blues usurping beige as the go-to neutral.

“I think people are tired of beige,” she said. “And believe it or not, the economy really impacts color choices, too, so gray is really big right now.”

above Brooke Ryan and Derick Lund study color swatches at Norwalk Furniture in Northpark Mall.

Ryan is also seeing a lot of olive green, and she predicts a popular pairing of navy and olive green for the fall. Any surprises, color-wise? “That aqua blue is still around,” she said.

At Norwalk, aqua can be seen in art, vases, pillows and upholstery. Often it’s paired with brown or black for a sophisticated look.

For letting the spring inside, Ryan recommends achieving a fresh and bright look with accessories, pillows and art, especially if you have neutral furniture that makes it easy to update with a new, vibrant palette.

While “honeysuckle pink” was deemed the color of the year by Pantone, Ryan doesn’t see much pink showing up in Oklahoma homes anytime soon.

On the fashion front, however, pink is very much the “it” color, according to Karen Marquis, owner of Kokopelli, 12100 N. May inside Northpark Mall.

“The biggest trend for spring colors are shades of pink. But not just any pink — honeysuckle pink, and a bright pink with an almost reddish hue. This statement pink pairs well with orange and vibrant aqua, as well as more neutral tones like khaki and sand,” Marquis said.

Marquis recommends updating your spring wardrobe by pairing skinny pants with crop tops layered over long tanks. “Add a menswearstyle shirt or slouchy styled buttondown over white jeans or skinny capris,” she said.

Other popular looks for spring include lace tops, cotton or denim cargos, and sheer tops over feminine camisoles.

And don’t forget to put your best spring face on, ladies. According to Pantone, pink will be all the rage in cosmetics, as well, calling it the “perfect post-winter pick-me-up.”

Women can get their pink on with Liptini shades like Pink Lady and Pink Poodle, $16.50 each, available at The MakeUp Bar, 7646 N. Western.

Color trends for nails are also vibrant, including OPI nail lacquer in Who the Shrek Are You? (That’s a lime green based on the character by the same name.) and Yodel Me on My Cell, an aqua blue, $8.50 each. OPI is widely available at salons in the metro.

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