10 Beautiful Ways to Refresh Your Decor for Spring
Tired of winter’s dull colors and heavy fabrics? Lighten up! We've got 10 ways to bring your home back to life just in time for warmer weather.
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Bedrooms that seem so cozy in fall can feel musty and claustrophobic by spring. Want two ways to instantly lift the mood? Open the windows and air the room. And switch heavy bedding like quilts to lighter options – not just in weight, but in color, too. (P.S. A vase of flowers never hurts.)
Go for the Green
Nothing says spring like plants – the newly green grass, the tender shoots of daffodils. But if it’s still a little too chilly to get outdoors, bring the plants to you. Whether it’s a giant fiddle-leaf fig or forced bulbs, plants will refresh the air – and your decor, too.
Retire the Fireplace
After a long winter, doesn’t it feel good to empty the ashes and sweep out the hearth before closing up the fireplace till next year? Designer Emily Henderson gave this lake-house fireplace an added dose of spring style by stacking logs cut end out, giving the otherwise dark space textural interest.
Add Some Lilac
When Pantone named lilac-gray Serenity one of its top two hues for 2016, they made it one of the year’s biggest color stories. Pair this soothing tone with yellow, navy, peach or green. These lilac hemp throw pillows from textile designer Fabricadabra are the perfect way to brighten a room – and be totally on point.
Brighten the Bathroom
Bathrooms get quite a workout in winter, between long baths, dirty paws and piles of wet kids’ clothes. Say thanks to your loo by giving it a decor boost. A new shower curtain is an obvious fix, but a bright spot to perch will work wonders, too.
Let It Rain
Did your kids outgrow their rain boots this winter? Upcycle them into cute, colorful planters. You can also buy used boots for $2-$25 per pair, making this a super-affordable pick-me-up for your yard or garden. (See the entire project at Concord Cottage).
Pump Up the Stairs
You walk up the stairs a million times a day, but do they give your mood a lift, too? If not, treat them to a facelift, either by painting the risers or wallpapering them. If you choose to wallpaper, keep the pattern simple (like these stripes) so the look doesn’t overwhelm your space.
Stencil Some Curtains
Changing the curtains instantly changes the look of any room. But they can be expensive. To cut costs without cutting style, try stenciling some. Buy ready-made panels, stencils and fabric paint, and in just a few hours, you’ll have window treatments that will welcome spring.
Set the Table
If you’ve been eating dinner on the couch (and frankly, nothing beats mac-n-cheese and a cozy blanket in January), it’s time to think about dusting off your table. Make a meal a celebration with pretty runners, a few candles and sparkling cocktail glasses. Then have a toast to spring fever and kiss winter goodbye.
Paint Some Planters
One of the best things about spring is getting back into the yard. Kick off the gardening season with a dose of sunshine by painting planters, like these from Place of My Taste. The yellow-red combo is a one-two punch that’s guaranteed to knock out winter, once and for all. Well, until next year.