By Katie Smith
Many of us come alive in the spring and have the urge to start fresh. It’s nice to have a change of scenery, and this time of year is the perfect time to do some rearranging, decluttering and give your home a facelift.
Keep in mind you don’t have to make a huge commitment or purchase a new dining table or living room set to create a seasonal scene change in your home. There are many ways to lighten and brighten up your space in the spring without spending a lot of time or money.
Pops of Color
One of the easiest things to do when you are trying to get the inside of your home to fit what’s happening outside is to go with the colors of the season. Spring and summer are great times to add all different colors to your rooms.
There are flowers in bloom of all colors. The sky is bluer, the grass and trees are a stunning green, and you can’t help but want to bring some of that inside. If it goes together outside then it is going to go together inside.
Paint is a great way to give existing pieces new life. Take a few side tables or accent chairs and paint them a statement color. Planters and other small accessories, such as vases, candle holders and shells, look beautiful when given new life with some color.
Adding color can be as easy as swapping out your pillows and throws, getting a new rug or painting an accent wall. Purchasing or making an abstract painting with pops of pink, orange and turquoise will instantly give your space a cooler, more summery vibe.
Nothing says warmer weather like plants. There are so many varieties to choose from like indoor trees or simple succulents. If you know you aren’t good at taking care of the real thing, why not get some faux plants? They look like the real thing with zero maintenance, and with little effort, you’ve added some freshness to your home.
You can swap out anything from rugs to drapes to blankets. During the warmer months, aim for cotton and linen fabrics. Jute rugs go with any decor and can be layered with brighter rugs. Pillows can be easily freshened by buying new covers or having some made.
Buying new towels and bathmats for your bathroom in whites, tans or light grays is another simple way to bring the sunshine inside.
Lighter drapes will make your space look lighter and allow more sun to seep through the windows.
Don’t be afraid to use florals. Even if it’s an accent here and there, flowers are a great way to soften up a room. You can buy faux stems, indulge in a fresh bouquet or add some floral pillows.
One of the easiest (and most inexpensive) things you can do to get your home ready for spring is to declutter. It feels so good to get rid of the piles lying around your home or pack some of your decor away for a clean, simple look.
Baskets, lots of blankets and candles are great for a fall and winter feel, but it’s nice to simplify things in the spring and summer. It’s also a great way to let some of your favorite pieces sing.
Clear off coffee tables, countertops and tables, and put away all the stuff you don’t use every day. Decluttering not only clears up your space, it helps you clear your mind and stay focused. It also helps inspire you to pick some new things out when you can see the bare bones of what you have to work with in your space.
Change out your pinecones and antlers for shells or wooden garland. Trade some paintings or wall hangings for more mirrors which will reflect light and make your space look bigger. A few pieces of driftwood from the ocean make a great centerpiece for your mantle or dining table.
Regardless of your style, making your home fresh for the warmer months can make you feel fantastic.
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