Between all the stark industrial fixtures and reclaimed beams that have dominated design during the past five years, a glimmer of lightness has begun to poke through.
"It feels like a new birth," said Karen Herold, vice president of design at Chicago's 555 Design Fabrication Management.
From CB2's industrial file cabinet powdercoated in a refreshing mint, to fabrics in silvered lavender and pale, chalky paint colors, the trend is toward lighter, brighter and softer hues -- with shapes that stay sleek and modern.
Take, for example, the vintage pink paisley wallpaper at Little Goat, the casual offshoot of The Girl and the Goat, which in contrast boasts a great charred wall amid its smolderingly cool vibe.
"We have shifted from a very masculine design to a much more feminine approach," said Herold, whose firm designed both restaurants.
If you're feeling a shift toward pretty this spring, remember - not frilly, but thoughtful and refined.
In other words, pretty smart. [photo captions] Fresh, not frou: The interior at Little Goat, including a vintage wallpaper in spring's softened palette; Farrow & Ball's take on the color story; CB2's file cabinet in Mint.