Spring is all about starting new. The final snow has thawed, the sun is out and flowers are finally in bloom. Indoors, things are happening too: After all, the top-to-bottom “spring cleaning” ritual is practically a nationwide undertaking. Heavy wool blankets are returned to storage and bold pops of color make their way into each room in the form of throw pillows, on-trend decor items, tabletop accessories and, sometimes, larger pieces of furniture as well (have you checked out our new upholstery fabric colors lately—see the oh-so-springy GRAY sofa in New Felt-Tumeric below). Whether you want to invest in some more substantial seasonal items, or are looking for a more subtle refresh, here are five tips for prepping your space for the warmer months.
1. Purchasing new bed linens is one way to celebrate the arrival of a new season, and there’s nothing better than the feeling of fresh sheets on the skin. A few of our favorite bedding companies have just announced debut designs, many of which have interesting but still timeless patterns and prints. You can commit to an entire set, or just a new duvet cover or a pair of fun pillow shams. We dig the simple grey and white concept of this Ellis Grey pattern from Crane & Canopy.
2. Don’t be afraid to take on larger home improvement projects, such as an entirely new wall art installation. One idea is a photo gallery, which allows you to display favorite shots from international travel adventures, memories with family and friends, or even your favorite Instagram posts. E-print shop Artifact Uprising offers new members 25 free prints. Which makes the first step a cinch! When you have the prints in hand, take them to your local frame shop and choose a simple, clean-lined frame so the photos pop. Then plan out your gallery wall with a measuring tape and pencil beforehand. Once you have the guide mapped out on the wall, it’s time for hammer and nails (or double-sided tape). After that, it’s hang time. Crave a quicker fix? Use simple white push pins and pin each unframed print into the drywall at a time, overlapping them as you go. Depending on how much wall space you have, you could hang dozens—or even hundreds!
3. Bring the outside inside with the help of potted flowers and plants. Low maintenance varieties include Pothos, Peace Lily and Fiddle-Leaf Fig trees. An attractive vase or pot is an important part of the equation, and we love the look of a natural jute basket around the base of a tree—which doesn’t require re-potting. Or a simple, clean modern white clay pot (which does mean re-potting) is positively timeless.
4. Switch out heavy, wintery accessories and decor for lighter, more nature-inspired ones. This could mean draperies (rich velvet for sheer cotton), upholstery fabrics (dark leather for cream or gray linen) and yes—even rugs (wool for jute or sisal). But making home decor decisions is stressful, so if you don’t feel confident going it alone, e-design services such as Decorist can help you find the perfect size, color and shape for each new furniture piece or accessory for your space.
5. A high-impact lighting scheme is a great way to brighten things up (quite literally), and a few new decor companies are offering light fixtures in uber-cool hues that are a festive way to welcome the warmer months. There’s everything from choose-your-color multi-bulb pendants to trippy technicolor table lamps and funky industrial floor lights. We even found a fun outdoor string lantern option as well!
But our best tip of all is this: Click here to enter our Spring Refresh Giveaway, which we organized in partnership with some of the incredible companies mentioned above. The lucky winner will receive a $500 gift card to Artifact Uprising prints, a $500 gift card to Crane and Canopy bedding, an interior design package worth $599 from Decorist e-design company, and $1000 credit from yours truly.