Here comes the sun – and it’s about time, we say. Give your home a springtime refresh with these small, simple changes that won’t bust your budget but will make a big impact. Because as you pack away those grey knits and put on a bright floral, your house deserves to get in the springtime mood too.
The best way to give your home a new look is to have a clean slate as your starting point… literally. While you were curled up on the couch this past winter, dust and dander built up in all kinds of nooks and crannies. Combine that with the pollen of spring flowers and you’re practically begging for allergies. So, take a day or two to throw open the doors and windows and get scrubbing.
Rearrange the Furniture
It doesn’t cost you anything – except maybe refreshments for whoever you rope in to help with the heavy lifting – but rearranging your furniture can transform your home in a matter of minutes. Move things in such a way that you open up the room and make the most of the light and the view. For instance, create reading nooks or workspaces near windows so you can utilize the natural light, like the above living room from Rock Solid Builds achieves.
Paint an Accent Wall
Painting your walls in lighter and brighter colours will lift the mood and create a sense of space and coolness in spring and summer. Instead of painting the entire room, however, paint just one wall. This will create visual interest and is less overwhelming than having all the walls in the same colour. And let’s be honest: The fact that it’s much less work is a definite bonus.
Swap Your Throws
The plush and knit blankets that kept you warm in winter are too heavy for the warmer weather. Instead, opt for woven cotton throws in lighter, brighter colours. They’re a way to add texture to your living room, are handy for unexpectedly chilly nights and because they’re easy to wash and dry, you can use them for your outdoor picnics too. Smyrna Turkish Cotton organic cotton throw, $40, Amazon
Bring Out the Spring Pillows
A few strategically placed statement pillows can give the room an instant facelift. For spring, choose colours and designs that bring to mind an abundant garden: Florals, pastels and shades of green. Or for a zippy, modern look, try clean lines and geometric designs. You can save money and storage space by simply changing your pillow covers instead of getting all-new pillows. Check out this floral set: Wyooxoo linen pillow covers, set of 4, $30, Amazon
Energy flows best in bedrooms that are open and uncluttered and are also comfortable and pleasing to the eye. Windows that bring in lots of natural light will also contribute to the flow of positive energy.
Hang Up Some Art
A new piece of art not only adds colour but also becomes a conversation starter. If you’re on a strict budget, scour your neighbourhood thrift shops, try your hand at DIYs or ask an artist friend for an original piece in exchange for whatever they think is a fair swap. Alternatively, look for old picture frames that you can use as-irevamp. If you have more money at your disposal, browse the local galleries or check out the online exhibition of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Bring The Outdoors Inside
Bring your spring garden inside by filling your home with fragrant flowers. Add fresh-cut flowers to a statement vase, as seen in this stunning Montreal abode. If space is a problem, try hanging or wall-mounted vases or vase stickers. For a solution that will last longer than a week or so, bring in houseplants. Try this minimal, versatile option for wall-mounted planters: Mkono galvanized metal wall vases, set of 2, $28, Amazon
Take The Indoors Outside
During the cold months, you may have brought some plants inside to protect them from the harsh winter weather. Now it’s time to take them back out and turn your deck and patio into an oasis of green again. While you’re at it, bring out the outdoor furniture and create relaxing spaces to hang out and dine al fresco.
Springify Your Barkitecture
Barkitecture, as Country Living calls it, is a huge home trend this year. Instead of just pet-proofing your home, you create dedicated spaces for your furry friends. For spring, add a cat hammock near a window where Socks can catch the breeze. Installing a dog shower in the mudroom will keep muddy paws from leaving muddy prints all over the floor. Elevated dog beds or cooling pads will keep pups cool and are easy to move so they can join you outside too. And the ultimate treat? A portable pool. WANTRYAPET foldable pet pool, $62, Amazon