Open the curtains, let the breeze in and brighten up your home decor.
With spring comes a sense of renewal and a desire to clean, organize and refresh – especially if you spend a lot of time at home. Get your creative gears running and get your room in shape. You will be surprised how a few simple changes can give you a whole new perspective.
1. Embrace natural light
Create the feeling of windows with large mirrors. Photo via Laurel & Wolf.
With warmer days, there is more sun, so open these blinds and enjoy the natural light. Pull back the curtains and let the sunshine illuminate the path instead of turning on the lights in the morning. Simply opening your windows can improve your mood and save a little electricity.
You don't have a lot of windows? Fake it with large mirrors to reflect light and brighten your room. Bonus: Mirrors also give the illusion of a larger room, which makes your home feel brighter, bigger, and clearer.
2. Give your furniture a clean table
All-white furniture creates a spring mood in a living room. Photo via Laurel & Wolf.
Spring is the perfect time to break out of all of your lighter and cooler clothing – and that goes for furniture too. A white, beige or light gray couch is the perfect nesting place.
Light neutral chairs set the tone, reflect the light and prevent you from getting too warm. If you wish, you can leave these pieces outside all year round to awaken memories of spring and ward off the winter blues against a gray sky. If you don't want to opt for white furniture, invest in protective covers that you can use and remove seasonally as soon as the colder temperatures return.
3. Let nature guide you
Wicker and fabric are materials that work well into spring and into summer. Photo via Laurel & Wolf.
Integrate light, natural materials into your decor – think of wicker, braided baskets, light wood grain and cotton curtains. Keep it airy and light and rely on nature to inspire you.
Swap heavy blankets for summer throws and pack heavy, dark decorations in favor of woven baskets along with colorful or nature-inspired accessories. By adding earthy materials to your home, you are invoking nature inside and out for a fresh and renewed feeling.
4. Pack some punch with pops of color
Spring is the perfect time to get rid of all the moody blacks and grays of winter and trade them in for something happier. Oranges, pink, yellow, purple, blue and green are colors that are reminiscent of spring and sunshine. Choose your favorite color from the rainbow and run with it. Try a few peach-colored throw pillows, springy green candles or decorative evergreen bowls.
Get out of your comfort zone and try a bold statement or keep it cool with subtle hints of something you know you love. You will be surprised how much your mood improves when you are surrounded by a sea of pretty shadows.
5. Go green and take a deep breath
Adding potted plants, bouquets, and herb gardens to your home is a great way to take nature outdoors. They not only offer beautiful focal points and improve your mood, but also release little oxygen – so take a deep breath.
Visit the local farmers market for cheap, pretty flowers, or grow herbs in window pots. And for all those black thumbs out there, artificial plants still give a fresh green look, but without all the hassle and maintenance.
Whether you want to freshen up a few rooms in your home or renovate your entire room, you can easily take steps to make your home spring-ready. Give yourself a new perspective and a new perspective by taking the time to rejuvenate your space and mindset.
From the mixture of colors to the search for inspiration in nature, you can completely transform your home into a sunny, light and airy space.
Originally published in March 2016