Sure, everyone knows that the whole house should get a deep-cleaning come spring, but what about your décor? With Homepolish's Allegra Muzzillo, put some spring in your space with ten easy, affordable, and stylish tips.
It’s that time of the year… we’re looking around our homes and starting to get that end-of-winter cabin fever. The cold months have had us swaddled up in nubby wool throw blankets and embracing the moody lighting, lounging on the couch with hot cocoa while we binge on Netflix. And hey, we are NOT complaining! But all wintry goodness must come to an end to make way for spring. Spring cleaning means a time for a décor refresh, but don’t get overwhelmed. Read on for ten tips that’ll bring some spring to your step, er, home. And remember… you don’t have to do ALL of them. Pick and choose the ideas that speak to you.
1. Swap out heavier fabrics and textiles
Switch out heavy faux-fur, flannel, velvet, and acrylic soft goods like pillows and blankets for light-weight cotton and linen versions. These goods will take you seamlessly into summer. And while you’re at it, rugs can get an overhaul, if you can afford it. Swap dark wools for sisals, natural-weaves, or cotton rag rugs. Opt for window treatments and panels that let in more sunlight. Think of it like fashion. Wintery patterns (tartan) and textures (corduroy) should be swapped for more seasonal fabrics (cotton, silk) and patterns (florals, polka dots, and pin stripes).
2. Hit The Home Depot
House plants give lifeless interiors an instant, springtime boost. The Home Depot is our not-so-secret designer source for hearty, no-fail, and well-established tropical plants such as ficus, fiddle-leaf fig, and rubber trees. Plants are the perfect antidotes to bare corners and awkward spaces in need of interesting, sculptural elements. AND little known fact: if your plant dies, the Home Depot welcomes exchanges. So even if you have a black thumb, you don’t have to worry. Just keep that receipt!
3. And don’t forget florals!
And why stop at greenery? Keep the natural elements going with florals! We know what you’re thinking… “Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking.” Step aside, Miranda Priestly! Nothing ushers in spring quite like some seasonal blooms of fresh-cut tulips, daffodils, or hyacinths. A simple, colorful, fragrant bouquet is a definite crowd-pleaser. It adds polish and sophistication to any design scheme. Pro tip: Regularly refresh water and trim stems for the longest lasting sprays. For more greenery tips, see this feature by our friends at Garden Collage.
4. Go beyond physical florals
And flower power doesn’t stop with actual flowers! While the chintzes and toiles of yesteryear remain tired and dated, newer floral-, tropical-, and chinoiserie-inspired patterns are undergoing a renaissance that’s been spotted on fashion’s spring catwalks. New floral trends have been picked up in cutting-edge wallpaper designs, upholstery, and even glass design.
And there are affordable ways to embrace floral patterns as well! (After all, we recognize a wallpaper overhaul isn’t cheap.) From lampshades to outdoor pillows and cushions to duvets, this look is everywhere right now. Spring couldn’t be a better time of year to start giving it some play.
5. Create a new floor plan
While there’s no tried-and-true springtime floor plan, rearranging your furniture is an easy, no-cost way to impart current pieces with a sense of renewal. You’ll no doubt find yourself basking in a rediscovery phase that will get you thinking about other ways to change it up this spring, whether it’s your wardrobe or your morning routine. Moving furniture, accessories, and even rugs from one room to another gives entire spaces a fresh boost.
6. Embrace a new paint color
Painting is the quickest, most affordable way to totally transform any space. Needless to say, it creates major visual impact. Heavily pigmented colors are all the rage right now. Bring in bold nature- and floral-inspired colors this season with Greenery (Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year), and shades such as Pottery Barn for Sherwin Williams’ Oceanside, Benjamin Moore’s Pink Bliss, and Farrow & Balls’ Hay. But no need to limit yourself to those colors! For more advice on choosing the right shade, check out our designers’ tips.
7. Overhaul existing artwork
Beyond the paint on your walls, what about the artwork on it? Since one isn’t apt to ever get rid of artwork or mementoes (they’re each highly personal and sentimental, not to mention, are often substantial investments), these collections can tend to get stale. This spring, freshen up a staid assemblage by playing with the placement of your current pieces, exploring new framing options, and creating new installations incorporating pieces that haven’t previously been paired up. You can also morph a gallery wall into gallery shelves, a trend for 2017. And if you are in the mood for some fresh art, check out the piece about incorporating nature into your home through art.
8. Organize. Organize. Organize.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” There really couldn’t be a better spring slogan. Set aside a couple of hours one weekend to throw out old stacks of magazines and overhaul your busiest storage centers (the home office, the closets, the medicine cabinet).
There are easy ways to restore order: Separate clothing into piles slated for donation. Toss those expired medications and first aid items. Carve out clear-cut areas in which to stow receipts, bills, keys, newspapers, and new magazines. And before you go thinking that The Container Store has basically cornered the market on the most attractive bins and organizational accessories, we’d like to point you to Poppin, Muji, and Rusell+Hazel. These are some of our favorite sources for unique organizational accessories.
9. Swap out those wintry scents
Pine-y, cinnamon-y, and spicy candles, essential oils, and scent sticks that were instrumental in achieving a winter ambiance feel a bit heavy now that spring is here. Give your space a “scent-ual” makeover by swapping out those winter scents with lighter ones. Opt for candle jars in jewel and metallic tones. They’re fresh, bold accessories that blend well with every color palette. And botanical, cucumber, and herb-scented reed diffusers and citrus-based essential oils each evoke spring. Plus, they are much less imposing than a super-saturated floral (unless you’re into that sort of thing).
Some of our favorites include Nest’s Lemongrass & Ginger reed diffuser, Byredo’s matte-black Fleur Fantôme candle, and a DIY mixture of lavender with jasmine or geranium with sage essential oils. All are sumptuous ways to make your home smell like spring.
10. Finally, don’t forget the outside!
Once spring has sprung, new plantings, existing plants, and springtime blooms need space to grow and mature. Get out and get your hands dirty in garden beds by removing dead leaves and plants and any other debris that will impede growth.
Planting perennials is a great way to get more bang for your buck, as these blooms return year after year. For added color and interest, mix in some pretty annuals, but don’t go overboard. Want a surefire recipe for fail-proof plantings? Follow sunlight and watering guidelines (read that plastic label in the soil) to a T.
Outfit your patio or deck with handwoven resin-wicker (weatherproof!) furniture, and finish pieces with boldly colored, energizing seat cushions in long-lasting Sunbrella fabrics. Finally, a great, big vibrant umbrella will help ground the space, unify your palette, and take you right into summer.