Top 10 Tips to Brighten Up the Home this Spring

There’s nothing like spring to give us all a breath of fresh air, just when we need it most. And after a long, dreary winter, it’s a delight to see the arrival of vivid colours. Winter’s palette is mostly neutral: white snow and dark bare branches, so it’s fun to feel cosy with warm colours and soft feathery fabrics. But now spring is finally around the corner, a cool, fresh look is more alluring.

Joanna Whitworth, Managing Director of Cover My Furniture says, “Colour is the essence of spring. Think duck egg blues, perfect pinks, fuchsias, and brilliant greens – these incorporated into the home will freshen up any space”.

1. Cover Up

Do you have a dark, tired looking chair or sofa? Spring is the time to change them for lighter, brighter alternatives. www.covermyfurniture.com has a range of made-to-measure furniture covers that capture the spirit of spring, and the floral contemporary designs and chic patterns will instantly transform the furniture in your room. Covers have never looked so good.

2. Lighten Up

Change your lamp shade and match your lighting to the season – lamp shades are the shoes and handbags of the design world, so don’t be scared to experiment.

3. Rethink Rugs

Cosy, thick rugs look just right in winter. But when the temperature rises its time to roll them up and replace them for spring cotton alternatives in light, cool colours. This is also the perfect opportunity to have heavy rugs cleaned or repaired.

4. A Room With a View

If your furniture is centered in front of a fireplace, think about ways to rearrange the look for spring. Try and change the focal point to a view of a garden scene.

5. Create an Inviting Porch

Spring living often moves out to a porch or deck, but even if your home doesn’t have these amenities, you can get the look and feel of a porch inside. Introduce a few garden chairs, accessories, and floral fabrics into a family room – you’ll get the feel of the outdoors every time you sit back and relax.

6. Store Silks

Remove dusty silk flower arrangements from your rooms and store them away for a few months. Instead, bring in fresh green plants and flowering pots. These lively touches can breathe life into winter-weary spaces.

7. Re-Accessorize

It’s time to rework your accessories and makeover your shelves. Clean off winter dust and replace heavy objects with a selection of lighter, brighter alternatives. Set up a collection of pitchers or glass, and include plants and picture frames as well.

8. Think Sheer

Sheer curtains and sheer tablecloths shout spring louder than any other element. Look for plain, embroidered or printed sheer designs to complement your interiors.

9. De-Clutter Now

Look for organising solutions for your home. Any spot that is overcrowded or unorganised can drain your energies.

10. Clean out the Fireplace

Now is the perfect time to sweep away the ashes of winter fires and start fresh. Fill your fireplace with an arrangement of candles, or an attractive folding screen covered with summer fabrics.

Sonya Weiss

About Our Interior Decorating Columnist Sonya Weiss:

From the time she was a child, Sonya spun stories to entertain herself and her siblings. Once she graduated from high school, she put her writing aside and attended college where she studied Secondary Education, majoring in English. She's represented by literary agent Nicole Resciniti. 

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