April 01, 2014
With the promise of spring looming large on the horizon, many people begin feeling the urge for change. After being cooped up in your house all winter, you've likely grown bored with your current decor and want to make things a bit more festive. Besides a good bout of spring cleaning, a good way to combat the winter blahs is to do some spring decorating. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
Nothing says "renewal" quite like a new coat of paint. With so many beautiful colors available, there's something for everyone's tastes and budgets. How about a vibrant lemon yellow or leafy green? You also can't go wrong with a soothing baby blue or light lavender. Whatever you choose, repainting your walls can help give rooms a cheerier, more uplifting feeling.
Houseplants are a lovely addition to your home no matter the season, but many of them lack the charm of springtime flowers. What many people don't realize is that popular spring plants can be kept successfully in any brightly-lit windowsill. Daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and crocuses feature breathtaking flowers in a wide variety of colors. They also provide a wonderful fragrance, better than anything an air freshener could hope to replicate. After they've finished blooming for the year, fear not. Simply transplant them to your flower bed and enjoy them again next spring.
One nice aspect about spring is that its pleasant weather makes you want to spend more time outdoors. When you go walking, bicycling or hiking, make an effort to notice the things around you. Among other things, nature provides a bounty of potential decor that can give your home a fresh, natural appeal. A few suggestions include dry mosses and lichens, shapely pieces of driftwood, interesting stones, seashells and dried shelf mushrooms. If you're handy with crafts, you could even create a fun and unique wall hanging or centerpiece from an assortment of these items.
Do drab rooms remind you a little too much of winter's dreary countenance? If you feel like one or more rooms in your home are lacking color and spirit, then consider bringing them up to speed with the season. Is it a dull bathroom? Liven it up with some colorful accessories, towels or rugs. Perhaps your bedroom reminds you more of a dungeon than a comforting place to sleep. A new set of spring-themed bedding or curtains may be just the thing to breathe life into it.
Although it's not exactly decorating, getting your home more organized goes a long way toward getting it ready for spring. Go through your closets and put your winter apparel into storage to create space for new spring fashions. Sell, donate or throw away anything you no longer need or want in order to reduce clutter and make rooms feel more spacious. After that's done, organize and dust off your shelves in preparation for new decor. It's amazing how much easier spring decorating can be when you take the time to get organized first.
Spring is a time for new beginnings, so why not extend this theme to include your home's decor? After all, a room that never seems to change can become boring, even depressing. Start off on the right track this season by trying some of these do-it-yourself spring decorating tips.
What's your all-time favorite DIY spring decor?
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