Lady Bird Johnson famously said, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” We think that’s the perfect quote to sum up spring. The weather warms, flowers blossom, trees come to life. When the world outside is freshly colored and full of hope, it’s natural to want your home to match the season. Follow these ten steps to freshen your space, and you’ll be feeling spring indoors as well as out.
1. Add color
Put away accessories in winter hues and replace them with your favorite pastels and bright shades. Lavender is a popular shade this spring, so look for ways to incorporate a bit of lilac into your home.
2. Increase lighting
Nothing says winter like a gloomy room. Banish shadows by adding lamps or swapping out light bulbs for a higher wattage. Mirrors reflect light and make a room seem bigger and brighter as well. Don’t forget to open the drapes.
3. Bring in the blooms
Whether you buy them from a florist or clip them from your own garden, flowers are the best way to show off spring. Just promise us you’ll keep an eye on your bouquets and toss them as soon as they wilt.
4. Get crafty
Browse online or visit your favorite craft store for inspiration. A willow nest lined with pastel-hued wooden eggs makes a charming addition to a bookshelf or side table. Feeling artistic? Try washing a canvas with pastel watercolors in broad stripes for a piece of art to enhance your mantel display or an empty patch of wall.
5. Undress your windows
If your windows are lined with heavy drapes designed to keep out chilly drafts, consider swapping them for white sheers. They’ll let in light during the day, and provide enough privacy at night for comfort.
6. Update your paint
There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten any room. Consider going a shade or two lighter to make the room feel bigger and more springy.
7. Refresh your front door
Freshen up your entry with a few new items to welcome guests in style. Ideas include a springtime wreath, potted plants, and a brand new welcome mat.
8. Stage your coffee table
Your coffee table is a focal point, so think of it as center stage for your springtime makeover. Stack books with bright covers and top them with a small item such as a shell, sculpture, or whimsical toy. Add a low vase or bowl with fresh flowers. Finally, include a decorative dish filled with candy or trinkets.
9. Go green
Add a few potted plants throughout your home. Look for low-maintenance varieties such as philodendrons, and place them in white, silver, or pastel pots.
10. Indulge in new bedding
If you’re going to splurge, why not invest in the spot where you dream? Treat yourself to a fluffy new duvet and sheets in white, cream, or your favorite pastel. We love the layered look, so consider adding a light throw blanket and a few cushions in complementary patterns.
Now, get ready to sweep away the dull remains of winter decor and welcome the new season into your home. It only takes a bit of sunshine-infused energy and pastel-hued purchases to transform your space. Hello, spring!
About the Author: Hayden Stewart is a contributing writer and media specialist for the Allied Van Lines Moving Blog. She regularly produces a variety of lifestyle and home blogs, based around the transitional obstacles that come with moving, settling into a new home and more.