Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to say goodbye to bulky flannels and pumpkin spice everything and say hello to lavender scents and pastel knits. And in order to greet those bright, sunny days with a smile on your face and a “spring” in your step you need to spring clean and decorate your home. But don’t worry, it’s easier thank you think. All you need is a bit of creativity; I have 5 simple ways to welcome spring into your home that will have it feeling airy, light and bright – all without costing a fortune!
Like the season’s before, spring has its own scents, colours and themes that anyone can use to drive out that stale winter air and breathe new life into their old furnishings. And that’s what I’m going to help you with. I’ll explain the main signs of the season and give you tips on how to use them in ways that are easy and natural.
Step 1: Spring Cleaning is More than Just a Saying
Before you can even think about adding seasonal elements to your place you need to give it a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. Winter weather is harsh for a home; windows become caked with ice and other elements, rooms are stuffy due to all that heat and floors become dull because of all the snow, salt, and ice you drag in. Which is why a good scrubbing will not just prep your place but instantly brighten it.
Here’s a quick checklist of what to do:
- Power wash windows inside and out and add spring screens if you have them; if the weather is warm enough open them to air out your house
- Dust and wipe down all walls to remove any dust or build-up from winter heat
- Scrub all appliances and surfaces
- Wash and swap out all curtains, bedding, and linens for lighter materials that won’t make the room feel heavy and dark
- Wash and vacuum all flooring
Step 2: Spring is In the Air
The house is all sparkling clean- now what? Well, one of the easiest ways to incorporate some spring elements is by adding fresh flowers to table tops or fireplace mantels. Flower look and smell amazing, so they will liven up any space and help it smell like the outdoors. Some of the season’s most popular scents are lavender, gardenia, rose, and citrus aromas, which are crisp and invigorating.
You can play around with different varieties, like tulips and daffodils, mixing and matching as you go. Pick flowers that are bright and eye-catching or get a bunch of shades that compliment your décor. Just make sure they have a pleasant aroma; and if you’re not big on flowers you can opt for incense, scented plug-ins or some scented candles in floral or citrus.
Step 3: Cozy Cotton
Spring is all about shaking off the cold weather and heavy clothing and getting out into fresh, warm air. So, it makes sense to change your sheets, curtains, or chair covers from heavy corduroy to one of the season’s signature fabrics, such as linen, cotton, jersey, or khaki. Naturally, you can’t swap out big pieces of furniture, like your couch, but you can lighten it by throwing linen pillows in pastel colours on it or laying a cotton blanket on the back.
And for the things you can change, like seat coverings and window treatments try to have fun with it. For instance, if you have a neutral living room gauzy curtains in periwinkle or seafoam green will make the room pop. Or if you have a dining room with pale yellow walls try tartan seat covers in orange and peach. The only rule is that you like it!
Step 4: Colour Your World
Where fall and winter are dark and rich, spring is light and vivacious. Floral patterns are obviously big as everything begins to bloom again, but so are pastels and warm neutrals like gold and brass. Also, with St. Patrick’s Day around the beginning of the season Emerald green is used often, as are other shades as a nod to the blooming leaves.
Which leaves you with a lot of colour combinations to work with. And how you incorporate them depends on you. If you have a little bit of money and really want to transform a room, you can paint an accent wall in a moss green in your living room or go bold in your kid’s room and do a carnation pink. Then use coordinating table wear or bedding to make them look seamless.
If you want subtle touches, try an area rug in a bright tangerine in the kitchen, then add varying shades of orange for your countertop accessories or place settings to pull it all together. And of course, you can add fresh flowers to any room to instantly bring the outdoors inside.
Step 5: Hop into the Season
Last, but not least, you can get that spring vibe by adding natural elements or some holiday décor. Nature is what spring is all about, so twist some twigs into a wreath for the door or use them with some leaves to encircle a vase or candles. Fill a mason far with leaves and twigs to adorn side tables and add fresh flowers if the mood strikes.
Easter décor may sound a bit childish, but not when it’s done right. Faberge-style eggs in muted tones or encrusted with crystals look elegant in a clear vase on a table or mantle. Pair it with a wood pallet bunny near the fireplace for a posh look.
For those with kids or anyone who likes vibrancy, you can completely embrace the holiday, using eggs in tones of purple and fuchsia or garland in pastels to entwine around the bannister.
As you can see, it’s not hard to transform your home for the season. Follow my 5 Simple Ways to Welcome Spring into your home and I guarantee you’ll wake with a smile on your face, ready to face the day.