Guest Picks: Kaleidoscopic Quilts Bring Happy Home
Quilts don't have to be an explosion of color. This restrained example would look fantastic framed in a modern white frame and hung on a wall.
This wedding quilt is such a great idea! It features blank spaces that can be signed with messages by friends and family on the big day. A perfect memento for newlyweds.
I'm totally crazy for the colors in this quilt, and the triangles make it feel very fresh, with an almost-preppy quality.
I decided to opt for a quilt as a play mat for my daughter's playroom, and this square quilt was on my short list. The colors are so cheery and the square shape makes it perfect for sitting and playing.
Star motifs are a favorite on quilts, and the fabric on this one features a diminutive cherry pattern. I would use it in a guest bedroom atop a four-poster bed with beautiful white linens.
Quilts are usually very exuberant in their appearance, and the punchy fabrics on this one are perfect for a fun area of your home. Try using a colorful quilt as a throw on the couch in your family den.
The pinwheel florals are so eye-catching on this quilt, and I love the feminine color palette punctuated with dark brown.
I tend to favor pastels in my quilts, but the combination of these primary colors caught my eye. The traditional circle pattern (often used for wedding quilts) is so pretty, and I love the combination of blue, red and yellow. It would look fantastic in a little boy's bedroom.
This bright quilt has so many textures! I love the dimension and the color palette of aqua and tangerine.
This quilt has a cool Missoni quality to it with its multicolored chevron design.
Vintage quilts are a great way to bring a little patina and character to a crisp, new space. I love the faded lavenders and peaches of this one.
For all those midcentury modern lovers, this quilt's color scheme would be right at home with your style.
Does your teen love the granny-chic look? I could definitely see this quilt draped over a tween's or teen's bed. The bright colors would provide a great jumping-off point for a young bedroom.
Hello, fun colors! This would be a cozy floor covering for a playroom.
This quilt would look dynamite against a room full of various shades of blues — the spring green would really pop.
If I can play favorites, this one might be it. This pattern is orderly and I love the monochromatic palette in such a fresh grapefruit orange color. Another contender for framing on a wall.
Quilts are an obvious choice for the little ones in your life. They are cozy, usually made of cotton and washable. Peter Rabbit is an adorable theme for this quilt decked out in baby blues.
Lest you believe quilts can only be feminine, I present this awesome example that is modern, geometric and masculine. It would look so great in so many settings — imagine it folded on the back of a cognac leather couch.
Quilts are perfect for the beach! Usually made of cotton, they are easy to wash when you muck them up with sand. They are also a cool, comfortable material to wrap around yourself in the chill of air conditioning. The beautiful blues of this one would be gorgeous in a beach house bedroom.
This quilt is total Americana, but with a nautical touch — the blue fabric features sailboats. It's another example of my favorite star motif in action, and I love everything about it. It's playful but sophisticated at the same time.Next: 8 New Takes on Time-Honored Textiles