Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than bringing some of the sunshine inside your home? Shake off the icicles and welcome the warmth-- plus, create a sanctuary for any lingering winter days-- with these quick decorating tips!
Use What Mother Nature Gave You
Nothing says spring quite like fresh fruits and flowers. Give your home a festive feel by grabbing a clear glass vase, topping it with water, and throwing in some sliced lemons, limes, and tangerines for an instant colourful centrepiece. Up the ante by topping with fresh cut flowers. This easy trick comes with the added benefit of giving your space a fresh, clean scent! Not enough colour for you? Pick up a fruit bowl and fill with a variety of fresh fruits. This gives you the freedom to incorporate as many or as few colours as you want, and means you'll always have fresh fruit on hand for snacking or cooking-- though you may be reluctant to once you see how much it brightens up your room!
Accents Are Sexy
Give any room a splash of colour by swapping out various accent pieces for ones in bright colours or lively prints. Throw pillows, blankets, and lampshades are great places to start, and are small enough touches that they won't completely overwhelm a room. Muted or drab knickknacks on shelves and mantelpieces can be exchanged for bold coloured sculptures or art pieces. If you have a china cabinet, consider having dish sets you put on display for each season. To liven up a bedroom, think about finding ways to show off colourful clothing, like a shoe or scarf display.
Freshen Up Furniture
Spring is a time of new life, so why not get your furniture in on it too? Give worn out pieces a new lease on life with a fresh coat of white, off-white, or cream paint. For extra drama, paint colourful accents-- or maybe even embolden the whole thing. Pastels are a great complement to neutral tones without overpowering a room and are the very embodiment of spring colours.
Get Creative With Wallpaper
Wallpaper doesn't need to be wall-exclusive. Take your favourite floral print and paper the back sections of a bookshelf or hutch for an instant dose of spring flowers without going overboard. Paired with a fresh coat of paint, you can completely overhaul a piece of furniture and give it a whole new feel. This is a great way to incorporate the floral prints you love without making your room feel dated.
Paint the (Walls) Red
Painting a whole room may be too drastic a step, but painting one wall a bright accent colour is a great way to add drama. Colour can have a drastic influence on mood and emotions, so be sure to check out resources on colour psychology (like this one) [ http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/the-psychology-of-color ] when you're picking out paint chips. A cheery colour is a great way to dispel any remaining winter blues!
Let Life Be a Breeze
Heavy curtains may be good for adding a bit of extra insulation to keep your home toasty, but once spring rolls around, they can make a space feel oppressive. Trade heavy-duty fabrics for flowing, sheer curtains to give a room an airy, ethereal feel that appropriately reflects the lightness of the spring season. They'll look especially beautiful when you throw open the windows to get a taste of the fresh spring breezes!
Frame the Seasons
If you have artwork throughout your home, consider swapping any dark or wintry prints and paintings for more colourful, lively options. This is another great way to tie in florals without feeling like you're living in grandma's house. Watercolours in particular read "springtime" and tend to be gorgeously colourful.
Wipe the memory of freezing days from your mind with these simple tricks to give your home a spring overhaul - little time or monetary investment required!
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