The days are finally getting longer and the sun is shining! Oh yes, spring is just around the corner and I for one couldn’t be more excited. I admit, it’s my favourite season of the year – filled with the promise of warmer days ahead, the trees awash with pale green buds, the garden begins to come back to life and sunlight streams through my home.
While we wouldn’t think twice about changing up our wardrobes to fit the time of year, it seems many of us neglect to do the same with our homes. Packing away the winter coats and heavy boots and swapping them for lighter clothing more suitable to the sunshine seems natural, maybe our home should also go through its own change at this time of year.
Of course, I’m not suggesting you completely remodel every few months, but there are some small changes that can make a big difference to the feeling in your home – allowing the sun to shine in and to take advantage of a visually lighter look as well. While darker colours, heavy furnishings and lots of layers are de rigueur for the winter months, in spring, your home likes to breathe a little, so today, I’ll share some tips on how you can bring your home to life for the new season.
The first and most important thing is to give your home a good clean. Yes, it’s called ‘Spring Cleaning’ for a reason and it’s much easier to see those places you may have neglected when we didn’t get a lot of sunlight in the darker months. It’s amazing what a good clean will do for your home and you might find that after it’s completed, you don’t have to do a lot more – it’s that powerful a change! So check out our Cleaning Checklist here and get the whole family involved.
It’s especially important not to skip out on cleaning your windows both inside and out. With all that additional sunshine, maximise the brightness of outdoors by allowing as much in as possible. Get stuck in with a spray bottle of half vinegar, half water and clean them inside and out with newspaper for a perfectly streak-free shine.
The next thing you’ll want to do is take a look at your textiles. If your sofa is filled with thick heavy fabric cushions, faux fur and embellished fabrics which worked perfectly for winter nesting, it may be time to do a bit of a swap. Light cottons and linens stay cool in higher temperatures but can still look cosy when the temperatures dip in the evenings.
Replace those heavy lined curtains and take advantage of the increase in natural light by swapping them out to something a little lighter. Voiles and unlined curtains can be used at this time of year; you don’t need to be as worried about any heat escaping through the windows. They also allow for a lot more light, making the room a brighter and happier space.
On the bed, your heavier duvet and layers of throws are probably not needed, so consider a more minimal look with a fresh cotton duvet in a pale colour. Pastels are always popular this time of year and with Pantone’s announcement of the colours of the year – a blushy pink and a soft denim blue – it’s the perfect opportunity to try out the new trend with some lighter bedding.
Now take a look around your home. While it may have felt perfectly acceptable to surround yourself with a bit too much clutter during the winter (I’m sure it’s part of the ‘nesting’ instincts of our ancestors to gather in winter in case of famine), it may be time for an edit of our possessions. Being surrounded by clutter makes us feel anxious and uneasy, not a feeling we want in our homes.
So be ruthless and start clearing those surfaces of extraneous things. Leave those things that make you smile, still speak to your style and look visually beautiful, and pack away the things you still like but simply don’t work in your home anymore or only distract the eye. For everything else, it’s time to either donate them to friends, family or your local charity shop or sell them on.
And finally, consider bringing the outdoors in. Houseplants and flowers have been shown in studies to increase happiness, so why not bring a little bit of greenery indoors? The trend for larger trees and leafy specimens isn’t going anywhere and it’s a wonderful way of adding an organic touch to your décor.
How will you be welcoming in the Spring season this year?
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