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Light as a feather: How to decorate with a feather motif

Try adding feathered accessories to a neutral pallet.

Try adding feathered accessories to a neutral pallet.

You've heard the saying light as a feather, stiff as a board, but have you ever thought about incorporating the element into your home design? Given the rising popularity of this trend, you should consider using feathers this season.

"Feathers blend nature and glamor," retailer Devin Kirk told Newsobserver.com. "The two worlds rarely collide. For some they represent flight and evoke feelings of lightness and freedom." We've outlined a few fun ways to add this style to your home, as highlighted by the news source.

  • DIY: The great thing about feathers is that they are easy to find and inexpensive. If you're looking to create your own décor out of this material, such as a feathered frame, visit a craft store. It is best if you select feathers in natural hues, such as brown and beige, since dyed feathers look unrealistic. Furthermore, these shades are more likely to match your current design scheme.
  • Play with patterns: Use feather-printed patterns in your home décor to create a chic and modern look. You can easily accomplish this goal by browsing Half Price Drapes' stylish array of patterned drapery, or adding neutral cotton and linen drapes to your home and making them come alive with feather home accessories.
  • Start small: Don't go overboard with the trend. Start by incorporating small items in one room of your home. For instance, create a flower arrangement with feathers and branches to place in your vase. Once you get comfortable with the trend, then you can move on to bigger items, like throw pillows and cushions.