For many of us, spring brings the most exciting adventures outdoors. How many of us experience that same spirit indoor as well? If you haven’t been one to transition the interior of your home seasonally, this is the year to start. Spring is the perfect time to bring the outdoors in and give your oasis a new breath of fresh air. It’s time to put away the heavy fabrics and dark accessories and bring out the lighter and brighter looks for spring.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal in the outdoors. This is a perfect reason to orchestrate the same inside. Pack away the dark colors that felt so cozy in the winter and replace them with fresh, brighter colors. Substitute browns, blacks, and deep jewel tones with pastels and bright colors. There are so many ways to add color to a space.
An easy and affordable way to update your home for spring is to add colorful accents such as yellow throw pillows or vases in a floral pattern. Adding plants and flowers to your home is such an easy, but important, way to add color, texture and scent to a room without any effort. Tulips, pussy willow or branches of apple blossom will shout out spring, or make a statement with succulents, banana leaves or palms. What’s particularly great about flowers is that every color and combination works together, so it’s a great way to experiment with colors you wouldn’t normally put together.
It’s also a great time to layer with textures to add interest. Cool neutrals with a single pop of color in a home, like light blue artwork or bright yellow accessories, add memory points and give the eye a place to rest. Switch out your decorative pillows and throws for lightweight fabrics, like linen and prints. Linen drapes hung extra long drape the floor, helping the space feel lighter and airier. Plus, new bedding is an easy way to brighten a space. Consider light colors or layered textures of whites.
Window treatments can have a big impact. In the spring, replace your heavy draperies with light and colorful curtains and shades. Ready-made curtain panels can be purchased for very little money so it doesn’t have to be a costly change. Of course if you want something really specific it’s usually worth it to have custom window treatments made.
A fresh coat of paint on the walls is always a great way to transform a space. A lighter shade can make your interior not only look brighter, but larger and more open. If the trim on the walls is a dark color, consider painting it a light shade like white – something that can help accent the area in a brighter way. There is a deep-seated notion that many people inherit from their parents that one should never paint wood. There is a time (and a space) for dark wood, but don’t sacrifice light over keeping natural wood when you won’t be drawn to a dark room. Painted trim, wainscoting, coffered ceilings and staircases can be stunning and really open up an area to make the home your own.
Paint your wood furniture. Choose a sunny shade or soft pastel to refresh a wooden coffee table or a chair, which then adds a new accent to the room. Add a burst of color to a neutral space too. While white and grey can be calming, there is nothing like a shot of color to cheer you up.
Spring is also a great time add new interest to your coffee table. We forget that this little table can be one of the focal points of your interior. Editing and introducing new accessories is an easy way to set the tone. Simply adding a vase of flowers, new books/magazines, candles or items of interest in lighter colors adds springtime appeal.
Lastly, layer in natural elements to add warmth. There is nothing like a beautifully bound sisal rug to cohesively tie a room together. Sisal and jute rugs are the perfect texture to add depth and dimension to a room, but most important, they are low maintenance and therefore the perfect fit for a high traffic room. I use them often in homes with pets and young children because they can pretty much withstand anything. Sisal’s natural color variations allows it to play well with both warm and cool color schemes and allows other important design elements such as furniture or art to take center stage even in a formal living room. If rugs aren’t an option for you layer in driftwood, wicker baskets or wooden objects. They will create the same texture and flow as well as provide conversation pieces.
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