Greet spring with easy (and affordable) home decor updates
The savvy home decorator knows sprucing up the house for spring is as inexpensive as a few hours spent with cleaning rags, vinegar and some baking soda (springtime is all about nature, and being kind to it, after all).
But while you’re cleaning, you might want to clear away some of those dark winter textures and colors, and consider a few ways to brighten the house up at very little cost.
We all know a coat of paint is a great way to brighten up your interior on the cheap, but we reached out to the pros for more tips.
Chrissy Madison, spokeswoman for Pier 1 Imports, suggests homeowners consider texture when welcoming spring. She likes woven rattan or natural woods–especially in baskets and chargers–along with soft chenille throws. Replace wool with a light chenille to add softness to a space, and also protect yourself on those chilly spring evenings. Another tip from Madison:
“Layer shockingly faux florals and seasonal candles in lanterns, cloches and trays to create a stunning centerpiece that makes winter seem so last season,” she says.
Michele Loeper, spokeswoman for Ten Thousand Villages, says adding an exotic touch will do wonders for your home.
“It’s amazing how the smallest of touches can really add a lot of intrigue to a room,” she says. “A statement piece from an exotic global destination can serve as a great conversation piece. Or a colorful vase can really make a room feel new again.”
Inspired by spring, we looked to nature to find a few treasures to update your home in a hurry.
Into the woods
Love trees? Bring them inside. Settle your tasty drink on this fun coaster. Wood slice coaster, $3.16 on sale, pier1.com
Spring round up
Serve folks in style, or use this stylish rattan tray to decorate a table. Add a vase full of flowers and a few touches inspired by Mother Nature, and you’re ready to party. Rattan tray, $27.96 on sale, pier1.com
Of course, the very best way to brighten up the home without breaking the bank is to pilfer from your own garden. Gather those tulips and daffodils while they’re in bloom. We like presenting them in the simplest of vases. Lucita vase, $24.95, crateandbarrel.com
Heart of glass
But if color is your thing, Ten Thousand Villages has several bright vase choices, including this beautiful style. Deep Currents vase, $59, tenthousandvillages.com
We like our birds outside, but a purely decorative piece will bring a bit of the outside into your home. Set of two birdcages, $55.99 on sale, countrydoor.com