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Watercolor Decor a 2011 Home Decorating Trend

2011 Design Trend: Watercolor Decor

We're excited to present a post from one of our favorite sites, ShelterPop!

Watercolor isn't just for an artist's canvas — the painterly theme has popped up on everything from pillows to place mats. And we're loving this 2011 design trend.

Watercolor is one of the oldest painting mediums known, dating back to paleolithic Europe, although it really made a name for itself during the Middle Ages and European Renaissance. And while flowery works on canvas are the standard association, it seems that watercolor has ditched its botanical roots in favor of the modern graphics for the home that we rounded up here.

AphroChic designer Jeanine Hays is channeling her inner Monet and her affection for the borough of Brooklyn this year to create several modern toile pieces, including a collection of "Brooklyn Life" place mats. The watercolor designs pay homage to neighborhoods like Fort Green, Clinton Hill, Park Slope and Boerum Hill (above), and are made from 100% natural Belgian linen and cotton. Keep reading for two more examples of this trend!

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For her debut collection of home fashions, designer Diane von Furstenberg incorporated this colorful Sun Stripe pattern (bedding and charger shown here), with brush strokes that look like they've been painted by hand.

West Elm uses watercolor generously this season. We spotted it on the Luli Watercolor pillow, above, their new Water Splash pillow and several other spring wares.

Here are a few more of our favorite ShelterPop posts this week!

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