Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings, and in your home that means doing a little more than just spring cleaning. A thorough deep clean at the start of the year takes care of getting rid of the old, but ushering in the new has less to do with dust bunnies and more to do with updating your decor. Re-envisioning your home – especially your living spaces – and adding, replacing, or exchanging a few key items is the perfect way to shake off the last dregs of winter and usher in sunny days and warmer weather.
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One of the first things you do when the weather starts to get cold is bust out all the thick fabrics: flannel sheets, fluffy blankets, thick comforters, heavy curtains, and plush rugs. So once the weather starts to turn for the better, the first thing you should do is ditch all that weight. Put the heavy linens in storage and replace them with lightweight pieces, like gauzy curtains, thinner cotton rope rugs, lightweight throws, and so on. Not only are these fabrics more appropriate for the weather, the lighter linens will feel fresh and airy by comparison and make your space seem brighter.
Swapping out your linens is also a great opportunity to alter the color scheme of your living area, too. If fall and winter are all about deep earthy colors, spring is the time for soft, sunny pastels or even bolder, brighter colors. Especially if you start with a fairly neutral living room decor, changing just a few pieces (like your curtains, throw pillows, area rug, or even accent tables) can instantly brighten up your living space and make it feel fresh and springy. Changing to a lighter, brighter color scheme is one of the most important parts of decorating for spring, so feel free to go as big with this as you want.
Nothing says spring like flowers, and incorporating fresh cut flowers or other greenery into your decor is one of the best ways to decorate for spring. Even a single, simple bouquet of flowers from your garden can really cheer up your interior, helping bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor spaces and serving as a reminder of the warm sunny days outside. If you don’t have a steady, affordable supply of fresh flowers, think out of the box and fill a vase with greens, small leafy twigs, or even silk flowers to get a similar effect.
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Spring decorating isn’t just about the fresh flowers, either: while fall decor tends more toward solid colors, spring design is all about patterns, from vivid florals to colorful stripes, checks, or even vibrant variations on more traditional fabric patterns. Designing for spring means focusing a lot on light (and light colors), which means there’s a little more room to go bold with a few choice accents, whether it’s a really bold area rug or a chest or dresser painted with an intricate pattern in bright, springy colors.
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Another great way to get that fresh spring feel is to incorporate rustic decor items into your living space. Especially with the growing popularity of an industrial farmhouse style, these down-to-earth, slightly antique styled pieces aren’t hard to come by: things like milk can style lights, repurposed egg baskets, or even old enameled watering cans or pitchers. Anything you’d find in an old fashioned farmhouse will reinforce that first blush of spring and give your space a pleasantly homey touch. Storm lanterns with candles in them, old bird cages, or even a hand knotted rope rug are perfect for creating an air of elegant practicality that’s a perfect fit for spring.
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Because spring just so happens to coincide with some of the best weather you’ll see all year, it’s worth tackling a few bigger projects when you’re decorating for spring. Painting is a big one because the weather is mild enough to keep windows and doors open for ventilation, but spring is a great time for other DIY projects, too. Especially if you’ve done an extensive spring cleaning, your house should be decluttered, cleaned, and prepped for more involved upgrades like adding a new backsplash, retiling the floor, or even replacing your faucets or sinks.
What are some of your favorite ways to decorate for spring?