It’s time to break out of the wintertime rut and refresh your home for the spring season. It’s amazing how a few small changes can make a big impact on the look and feel of your home. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Here’s advice from the home design experts on what things they do to make their house a brighter, sunnier version of itself as springtime approaches. Check out these top ten tips and try a few today.
A little change goes a long way. Skip the major renovation projects and opt for some quick and easy updates to your home. Changing out the throw pillows in your rooms to light and breezy fabrics like cotton and linen makes for a simple and welcoming change. Home designer Paloma Contreras recommends having a pillow wardrobe that changes with the seasons, just as your clothes do. Along these same lines, changing the bedding in your bedrooms to springlike fabrics and colors is another easy way to give your room an instant springtime lift. Go ahead and treat yourself to a new duvet and shams, and see how they give an instant makeover to your bedroom.
Springtime is all about bringing color back. Take inspiration from the buds and blossoms all around you. Colorful updates are one of the fastest and easiest ways to brighten a room. Accessorize your room with affordable vases, colorful books, and unique objects to quickly bring the springtime color palette into your home.
Florals are big this season both in the home and fashion design trends, so bringing them into your home is not only a wonderful way to lighten and brighten the space but it’s in style, too. It can be as simple as trading out your curtains or trading out an area rug. It’s an easy design trick that transforms a home from winter to spring.
Leaves and fronds are sometimes an overlooked and underrated springtime accessory for your home. Big leaves in a fun vase give a pop of fresh green color to any room. From banana leaves and philodendron leaves to palms and papyrus, it’s an easy and low-maintenance way to add freshness to a room without any fuss. Here’s a pro-tip from designer Justina Blakeney: if you regularly refresh the water and trim the bottom of the stem, the leaves can live on for months.
Take inspiration from your yard and garden and bring some of the springtime sights and scents into your home. From beautiful buds to blossoming flowers, bring the natural beauty into your home and showcase the best of the season.
We all have that drawer that’s filled with table cloths and table settings that we hardly ever use. Rummage through there and see what you can find. It’s an easy way to make a change and dress up a bare table or give it a new look. Even changing out your plates and dinnerware to something fresh and new is a simple way to welcome in the spring season.
Pull back the drapes, open up the shades and let the natural light shine through. It’s an instant mood booster for your home and probably one of the simplest things you can do to brighten up any space. Clean up the windows and sills, and let the sunlight stream in.
Springtime is all about renewal. Use what you already have to recreate a room in your home. Try rearranging the furniture in that room or switching out some of the pieces from other areas of your home to give it new life. You can also just try simplifying the space by removing area rugs or taking out furniture that doesn’t serve a purpose or clutters the room. Consider reducing the amount of trinkets and knickknacks and switching them out for more seasonal decorations like the ones mentioned above: fresh-cut leaves, spring blossoms, and gorgeous flowers.
Yes, this is the time of year to attend to some regular maintenance around your home. Spring’s bright sunshine has a way of spotlighting all the things you’ve neglected like leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks, and empty flowerbeds. Take a quick inventory of what needs attention inside and outside your home then start making that to-do list. HGTV offers plenty of springtime maintenance tips and checklists if you want to make sure you didn’t miss any of the big stuff.
Of course, springtime wouldn’t be springtime without some major cleaning. You can refresh your home by just taking the time to give it some TLC. Give attention to those places you’ve ignored like the dingy baseboards, scuffed walls, and dirty windows. Steam clean the carpets, freshen up your upholstery, and get down and dirty on the floor by scrubbing the tile and grout. It sometimes feels like an overwhelming task—but once you get started, you’ll feel inspired by the fresh and clean look and feel of your home.