Friday, 22 March 2013

Welcome spring into your home

Photo: Bemz.
Spring is here - at least on paper. No better time than now to start thinking about how to adapt our homes to longer days, warmer temperatures and relaxed living. Because when spring finally arrives, we want to be prepared!

Here are five ways to put yourself and your home in a spring spirit:

1) Switch accessories. Let your toss pillows, place mats, lights, throws and other accessories reflect the change of season. Greens, yellows, pinks and oranges are happy colours that are often associated with spring and summer. Try muted tones of these hues if that works better with the present decor of your home. Do you have a slipcovered chair or couch? Make sure you have two different covers to alternate between, according to the season. Your home will always feel alive and fresh.

Yellow and grey, what a great combination!

2) Light underfoot or "bye, bye" rugs altogether! Bare floors are more conducive to spring and summer living. The soft and warm feeling underfoot that we craved during long winter months is no longer necessary. So remove your heavy, dark rug, or replace it with a simpler alternative in a lighter colour. A striped cotton rug or a sisal feels right for the season.

Photo: Oliver Yaphe.

Liess Interiors. Photo: Houzz.

3) Bring in nature. Once spring is here, there will practically be an explosion outside, of colour and scents. In the meantime, let's enjoy the bare, or nearly budding, trees that surround us. A few, well-selected, tall branches in a glass vase look sculptural and artistic. Leave lots of empty space around the vase, for a dramatic impact.

Contemporary Living Room by Jessica Helgerson
Interior Design. Photo: Houzz.

4) Edit, clean and organize. I've said it before and I'll say it again: only keep what you really love, what helps you in your every-day life, and what adds to the beauty of your space. Remove the rest! When you're done editing, give your home a thorough scrub, starting with the kitchen. Organize your pantry and make room for light summer meals. 

Photo: Houzz.
5) Celebrate your fresh and happy space! Sit down with your favourite drink and pat yourself on the shoulder. You're ready. Now we'll just have to wait for spring to knock on the door...

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