DIY Spring Decor

Posted on April 01, 2014 by Tim Doyle | 0 Comments

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:

Give Walls a Facelift

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.

Bring Spring Inside

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.

Use Nature's Bounty

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.

Liven Listless Rooms

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.

Get Organized

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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Add a Touch of Spring to Your Decor

Posted on March 15, 2014 by Tim Doyle | 0 Comments

Spring is the perfect time to dust away those cobwebs, freshen up your living space and bring a bit of the season into your home. Here are a few creative ideas to give your house a fresh,new look for springtime:

Force Spring Blooming Branches

When buds begin to swell on your crab apple, forsythia or other flowering tree, prune off a few branches and bring them inside. Add them to a vase of warm water and place them in a sunny window. In a few weeks, you will have gorgeous, graceful blooms cheering up your room.

Add a Bed Skirt for a Fresh New Look

Bed skirts can be made quickly and easily with a simple square of fabric, or even a colorful sheet. Opt for bold, bright flowers or other colorful patterns to bring the vibrancy of spring to your bedroom.

Decorate Your Curtains with Leaf Prints

Bring in a bit of the outside by printing the edge of your curtains with colorful leaf prints. Use a brayer to roll fabric paint onto a variety of leaves. Press onto your fabric, cover with a piece of scrap paper, and use a clean brayer to press the leaf onto your fabric. Most fabric paints will have to be heat-set with an iron before washing.

Create a Living Wreath

Place a wire wreath frame on top of sphagnum moss and hold in place with florist's wire. Add a variety of succulent cuttings, along with moss and lichen gathered from outside. To water, submerge in a warm bath for about 10 minutes. Let dry thoroughly between watering. Do not hang your wreath upright until the roots have become established.

Give a Makeover to a Small End or Coffee Table

Add a spark of color to your living room with an old table and a can of spray paint. Lightly sand your table, prime with a spray-on primer, then spray with a few coats of paint for a quick, fresh look. Try lime-green, tangerine or turquoise for a bold pop of color.

Switch to Sheer Curtains

Let in the light with curtains that will delicately stir in the spring breeze. Sheer curtains come in a variety of colors and patterns. Opt for light colors and simple patterns that let the sunlight into your room.

With the onset of spring comes the yearning for fresh color palettes and bold new looks. What colors and patterns will you be decorating with this spring?

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