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March 18, 2015 at 7:17 PM

Spring’s hot furniture takes its cues from the past, while adding modern comfort


By Kim Cook / The Associated Press

Spring is a favorite transitional time for lovers of home décor. Shaking out the rugs and washing the windows after a long winter feels satisfying.

And then there’s the prospect of perhaps replacing some old, shabby furnishings with new, fresh pieces.

Spring’s also when we start to see the décor trends that will find their way home through summer and fall.

For 2015, these trends include a firm embrace of midcentury modern, emerging Art Deco, strong textures and organic modern (a blend of rustic and contemporary).

The other news is that designers are mixing things up, so an antique Bentwood chair can be paired with a glossy red desk, for instance. A rustic, flat-weave rug can sit in front of a 19th century marble mantel. Or a farmhouse table can be placed under an ornate glass chandelier.

“Design pros have always known it’s the combination of finishes that give a room style — it takes the sleek with the matte; textured with flat; and a mix of painted, wood, ceramic and metallic finishes for a room to look ‘done,’  ” says Elaine Griffin, a New York-based designer.

Griffin sees midcentury modern becoming even more entrenched in the décor landscape. The pieces are comfier than the originals because of modern construction methods and materials.

“The new shapes are the love children between midcentury modern’s twigginess and the traditional overstuffed look. They’re so fresh-looking that they’re irresistible,” she says.

Here are a few examples of furniture pieces that fit the trends — how you mix them is up to you.

West Elm’s Peggy collection includes the Peggy Mid-Century Loveseat ($899–$1,399), featuring nubby cayenne or pebble-gray upholstery with slim, pecan-stained legs. The Crosby collection puts a tufted cushion on a trimmed-down wingback that’s especially smart as the Crosby Armchair ($799–$949).

Urban Outfitters’ Sterling Wood Frame Sofa ($899) and Dagmar Chair ($299) fit the vibe, as does the Draper Media Console ($279), which resembles a retro hi-fi cabinet.

Griffin says Art Deco will really start to emerge this year.

“We’re seeing its first wave now in the new linear, jazz-inspired graphics and block prints,” she says. “I’m predicting that we’ll be seeing Deco-inspired furniture and accessories for fall 2015 and spring 2016, viewed through the sleek aperture of midcentury modern.”

The sophisticated style’s got legs in both traditional and contemporary décor, so there are lots of ways to incorporate it.

Ethan Allen’s Shelton Sofa ($1,439–$1,709) has high, curvy arms, while its Atwood Chair ($764–$854) has two swooping sides. There’s also a chic little Nickel Side Table ($359).

Urban Outfitters has a vintage-style Edie Velvet Chaise ($729) and Antoinette Fainting Sofa ($759), both available in of-the-moment hues.

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