Put A Spring In Your Home Decor

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If you’re like me (always impatient for spring to come each year), you’ll appreciate these ideas for incorporating spring into your home décor. After a long winter spent cocooned indoors, it really feels like it’s about time to lighten up a little. It’s time for brighter colors, lighter fabrics, and more sunshine! Following are a variety of ideas, including quick DIY projects and more. No matter your budget or skill level, there’s a way for you to bring in the spring.

Update Your Canvas

Your home is your canvas when it comes to home décor designs. And the best way to start is with a clean slate. Clear out the winter gear from your closets, foyer, and anyplace else your seasonal items have collected and pack it away. A top-to-bottom spring cleaning is key to closing the book on winter for another year. Take a critical look at the layout of your rooms; can you take advantage of the greater amount of bright sunlight we enjoy in spring? Maybe move that couch into a spot in front of your living room windows so you can enjoy the daylight and a spring breeze. Change the orientation of your dining room table for a better view of your backyard gardens. A little change can make a big difference!

Light Up the Fireplace!

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While you aren’t lighting fires in your fireplace in the spring time, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make your fireplace the center of your spring home décor! Plants – in vases or pots on the hearth – make fireplaces pop. Choose flowers and plants that make a big visual statement, whether it’s expansive leaves, trailing vines, or big and bright blooms. Consider peace lilies, hydrangeas, peonies, pothos, or spider plants.

Wrought-iron candelabras are also beautiful when set in your fireplace. Sometimes, I like to spray paint a wrought iron candle holder a light color, depending on the color scheme of the fireplace. Do you have a dark red brick fireplace or a lighter-colored stone fireplace? Pick a color that’s complementary so that the candelabra blends in, or go bold and choose something that stands out, like red, yellow, turquoise, or hot pink. For an added punch, choose lightly-scented candles to fill it.

Spring Blooms All Over

Don’t limit yourself to filling your fireplace with flowers. Even the most humble supermarket bouquet can bring in the spring. These budget-friendly flowers can make a beautiful dining room table centerpiece; or, separate the stems and use them in bud vases on your night table, your bathroom counter, your kitchen counter, or on your desk. If allergies have got you down, get your flowers in fabric form, instead. Floral textiles, from bed linens to slipcovers to throw pillows to draperies, can brighten up your home dramatically. Frame floral scrapbook papers; collect a few complementary patterns and you’ve got an instant spring gallery wall, ideal for a foyer, bathroom, or even kitchen wall.

Break Out the Paint

Freshen up your home with a little color. Paint your front door for some quick curb appeal. Go after the trim in your living room, or choose a high-impact focal point, like your mantle. Have a photo gallery wall? Take down those dark wooden picture frames, pop out the glass and the photos, and then use metallic spray paint to make them lighter, brighter, and brand-new! This is one of my favorite ways to give a boost to a foyer or hallway, especially one that’s a little dark to begin with.

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