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Add a colourful 'shadow' to your home decor

Spring is coming, so I'm thinking about warmer days, brighter colours and new directions for the months ahead. Last summer, for instance, while enjoying the blissful surroundings of a cottage holiday, I tried my hand at tie-dye. (I soon realized I needed to restrain myself from succumbing to the urge to dip and dye anything that stayed still long enough to be transformed from plain to multicoloured.)I imagine that the haute-hippie vibe that made me swoon for the lighthearted and youthful energy of tie-dye is what also motivated the current movement toward all things ombré.

The term ombré is taken from the French word for shaded, and the execution of fabrics, furniture, clothing - and even hair colour - displays a subtle transition from dark to light. While you may not be racing out to dip-dye your locks, you'll likely fall for the transitional tones evocative of a sunset sky and long to bring a touch of ombré into your world. Here's a sampling of some current offerings.

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HAVE A SEAT Anthropologie’s Windsor Love Seat was inspired by the iconic design of the classic Windsor chair. This updated take on an old-school standby would be both practical and durable as a front-hall perch or as a spot for cozy and casual kitchen dining. ($1,481.36 through www.anthropologie.com.)

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SQUARE IT OFF Table settings are looking a tad tired? Reinvigorate your setup with Kim Seybert’s modern take on the classic dinner napkin. By turning up the dial on colour, these napkins are sure to kick-start conversation at your next dinner soiree. ($134.53 for set of four through www.jeffreyfisherhome.com.)

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WEAR IT WELL From Canadian design label Line comes an easy, breezy and wearable option of all things ombré. This oversized, shortsleeved cardigan from the label’s spring collection blends style with comfort, making it a surefire staple through the spring and summer. (Price upon request through www.lineknitwear.com.)

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