Spring has sprung! To help break out of your winter rut here are 10 simple ways to refresh your home for sunnier days ahead.
The Cushion Effect
Introduce a pop of colour to your lounge or bedroom with a fresh crop of cushions. Mix, match and clash bold designs, textural difference and this season’s prints.
Update Flooring with a Well Chosen Rug
A good rug is like a work of art underfoot – it can make a style statement or quietly pull a room together. Since it’s not a permanent change, a new rug also offers the perfect opportunity to introduce colour and pattern into a space. As a general rule of thumb, since rugs sit below your eye line, you can afford to be bolder in your design choices than you would for, say, wallpaper.
Decorate with Fruit and Flowers
Spring flowers like tulips and daffodils are more readily available and less expensive when they’re in season. While you’re at the market, scoop up a bunch of lemons that you can also pop in a bowl for a cheery counter-top addition.
Give drawers and cabinets a quick makeover with new handles. When you’re shopping for new hardware, remember to take along an old handle to match the size and placement of holes.
A simple, yet effective, update is to change the lampshade on table lamps, floor lamps and sconces. Or to give an existing piece a colourful tweak, use double-sided fabric tape to fix in place some ribbon around the perimeter of the top and bottom of the shade.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Nothing gives a space a more dramatic update than a fresh coat of paint. This simple change is the best value for delivering a huge transformation – especially if you provide the elbow grease!
Brighten Up Your Bedding
Bring your bedroom out of winter hibernation mode by switching out heavy blankets and muted tones for something lighter and brighter.
Rebirth, renewal and new growth are the very essence of spring. Bring the outdoors in, with a bold floor plant that has some decent height (like a giant-leaf strelitzia, fiddle-leaf fig, and ficus ‘burgundy’). Or perhaps you might like to add some colour to a shelf or coffee table with a blooming houseplant like a violet, poinsettia or orchid.
Rearrange Furniture and Artwork
It’s easy to get used to a certain look, but the ultimate no-cost decorating tip is to move around some of your favourite pieces. By switching things up you can create a whole new feel without having to hit the shops.
Spring is the season where less is more! Put away some of your accessories and pare down your coffee table, bookshelf and fireplace mantel. Also try replacing some of your heavier accessories (like dark timber boxes or brass candlesticks) with glass vases, lightly coloured items and pieces in wicker or sea grass.