Tuesday, April 07, 2015

25 Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home

Table setting with tea cups on porch

Author: Alyssa Craig

Spring has officially sprung, but your house still looks like the dead of winter. There are many changes (both big and small) that you can make so that your house reflects this time of sunshine, budding trees, and gorgeous colors. Look for ways to apply some of these simple suggestions around your house and you will soon have your family taking in spring everywhere they turn.

  1. Brightly Colored Pillows: Whether on the bed, the couch, or the big chair in the front room, replacing darker pillows with more brightly colored ones will help add spring to the room. If you don’t want to buy new pillows, simply put covers on your current ones.
    25 Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home 1

  2. Add a Floral Pattern to Your Bed: This can be done by adding a throw blanket on the end of the bed or wrapping a yard of mod floral fabric around the headboard.

  3. Patterned Lampshade: Replace boring or dark lampshades with ones more colorful or with a spring-like pattern.

  4. Add Bright Wall Decal to a Room: A good wall decal can brighten up a room easily without injuring your paint job or taking a lot of your time.

  5. Add Fruit to Your Vases: In a transparent vase of flowers, place fruits in the bottom, like kumquats and granny smith apples. This will give the regular vase of flowers a new edge.

  6. Exchange Thick Curtains for Sheer Panels: Allowing more sunlight into the room and a lighter, more flowing material will give any room a lighter feel.

  7. Clean Your Windows: Sometimes all you need is a good cleaning to help your home feel more fresh. Getting your windows washed and treated for all the dirt and grime they collected over the fall and winter will be a big step toward a spring feel.

  8. Children’s Artwork: Let your kids create pretty paintings with spring colors and frame them to be put up around the house as part of the decor.
    Child drawing of a house

  9. Colorful Vases: Whether filled with flowers or standing alone, colored vases are a great addition for the mantel, porch, or bookshelf.

  10. Add Sliced Citrus into your Bouquets: Another great use of fruit with bouquets is to slice citrus fruit in half and arrange them along with the flowers.

  11. Bird’s Nest Display: Spring is a time when birds come back and baby birds are in abundance. A couple of fake nest displays for decoration in the house are completely spring appropriate.

  12. Put Away Winter Coats and Clothing: Big winter coats, boots and other warm clothing can take up a lot of room in the closet. Do some spring cleaning and put these warmer clothes away, making room for shorts, t-shirts, and swimsuits.

  13. Put Painted Sticks in a Vase: Among other great decoration tips suggested here, consider painting sticks found in the yard and display them in vases, rather than using flowers, putting a unique twist on typical spring decor.

  14. Start an Herb Garden: Buy small planters and start an herb garden right in your own kitchen. Not only will herbs be useful and smell great, but they will also add a little greenery to your home.

  15. Spring Wreath: Add a great spring wreath to your front door, creating an inviting air for any guests coming to your house.

  16. Bring Tree Blossoms Inside: Often we admire tree blossoms but don’t consider bringing them inside! Displaying some gorgeous blossoms will be a great addition to your home.

  17. Lemon Peels Down the Disposal: This is a great way to freshen up your kitchen. It will smell good as well as neutralize any undesirable odors coming from the disposal.

  18. Swap Out Artwork and Put Up Framed, Dried Flowers: Framing and displaying dried flowers is a great way to bring the beauty of spring in your home and will create a decoration you can continue to use for years to come.

  19. Get a Terrarium: Instead of more flowers, consider displaying a terrarium in your home with succulents, moss, or even air plants.

  20. Put Out Your Patio or Porch Furniture: As soon as you are sure the weather in your area has permanently switched to spring, put out your patio or porch furniture. Your tables and chairs in the back and your porch swing out front will provide great ways to enjoy the pleasant spring weather.

  21. Fresh Scents: Buy plug in scents or refreshing candles to create fresh, spring scents throughout your home.

  22. Add Colorful Pots of Fresh Plants to Your Porch: Buy or paint pots and then plant flowers or plants to display on your front porch.

  23. Use Old Glass Bottles as Vases: Instead of regular vases, get some old glass soda bottles, jelly jars, or wine bottles. Clear, as well as colored glass vases make for great decorative pieces.

  24. Watering Cans with Flowers: For yet another vase alternative, try an old watering can. The more vintage looking, the better!

  25. Put Out a Bowl of Fresh Produce: Spring brings with it a new batch of in-season produce. A bowl filled with fresh fruits and produce can help you and your family remember to eat well, as well as allowing the kitchen to look great while doing it.

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