Shaynna Blaze shares her top tips on how you can shed the heavy layers of winter and give your home a seasonal makeover this spring.
Just as we switch from darker and heavier autumn/winter clothes to a lighter and brighter spring/summer wardrobe, our homes can also benefit from a seasonal makeover.
It’s so easy to get bored looking at the same furniture and furnishings day in and day out which is why I think the change in seasons is the perfect opportunity to give your home a quick makeover or “seasonal switchover.”
Best of all, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money as essentially you are only changing the accessories in your home, not large items of furniture.
Here’s how you can take your home from autumn/winter to spring/summer.
Add colour and pattern in the living room
Winter cushions and throws in plush and soft fabrics like velvet, cashmere, wool and faux fur add a great sense of warmth and texture to a sofa. But for spring make the switch from dark and heavy fabrics to bright colours and light fabrics like linen, plain or screen printed cotton or silk. Choose bright colours, florals, stripes and prints to inject some energy and colour into a space.
Besides cushions and throws, switching to a bright and colourful rug is another way to instantly inject more life into a room while keeping the main items, like the sofa, a neutral colour.
While you’re at it, why not change the main piece of artwork above the sofa or on the main wall in the living room? Moving prints and artwork around the home is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make rooms look and feel different. Replace a dark and moody colour scheme that matches your winter accessories and switch over to your hot weather inspired print. As in the photo above, outdoor, nature or beach scenes are great to make the indoors as bright and sunny as the outdoors during the warmer months.
Introduce earthy elements
Spring is a great time to bring some outdoor plants into the home. For a low maintenance option you might want to just put some tree stems or branches in large vases to fill empty corners of the room.
Sisal, seagrass, hemp grass and jute rugs also provide a very natural and organic feel to a space and look great with neutral furnishings and timber accents.
Add a pop of yellow
If there’s just one colour you can add to a neutral interior scheme to give it a quick spring/summer pick-me-up, then it has to be yellow. From some scatter cushions or a throw to flowers in a vase or a coat of paint on a small piece of furniture like an occasional chair or stool, yellow provides an instant injection of life into a room.
White linens in the bedroom
Luxurious fabrics, heavy quilts, wool/cashmere throws and faux fur are the go-to accessories for winter. However come spring, freshen up the look of your bedroom with layers of white and soft neutrals in organic cotton and linen. It’s as simple as having an autumn/winter bed linen set and then swapping over to a spring/summer one.