Even when the calendar says spring is here, it may not always feel that way. The season has a way of teetering from winter to spring and back to winter again. And even if jackets and blankets are needed now and then, we know spring is coming, and refreshing the house is a nice way to welcome the warm, sunny days coming soon.
UPDATE THE LIVING ROOM
Swap out dark-colored throw pillows and warm, fuzzy throws, and switch to lighter, brighter replacements. If you’re really ready for spring, take down heavy curtains and replace with lightweight sheers to let in more sunlight and to instantly brighten a room.
Take candles off the fireplace mantel and replace with some bright flowers or a fresh green plant. Put the fireplace screen away, and fill in the space with a silk plant or some light-colored aspen logs or white candles.
Trade dark lampshades for light-colored replacements, and switch out heavy rugs for a rug made from a material like sisal, to bring in a seaside vibe and for a wonderful feeling under bare feet. Top tables with a grouping of flowers and greenery for a springy splash.
ENLIVEN THE BEDROOM
With the heaviest days of winter behind, take billowy comforters and blankets off the bed and replace with lightweight cotton blankets and spreads. A bright-colored quilt is a good choice for a spread that still has some heft for chilly mornings.
Replace accents with lighter options, such as glass hurricanes, brightly colored lamps, or pieces in pale colors. Switch out blinds and drapes with a simple valance and loosely woven bamboo shades in a blonde color. Fill in the bed with some bright accent pillows, and add a bowl of potpourri with a lavender scent to refresh the room.
REFRESH THE HOUSE
In the kitchen, clear off countertops and add a fresh pot of herbs or a planter with bright flowers. Swap out dark kitchen towels and pot holders for some with springtime shades.
To give the kitchen a fragrant lift, replace standard kitchen cleaners with scented ones that will bring a fresh smell like fresh cut grass or an herbal scent.
In the breakfast nook, replace dark place mats and napkins with spring replacements that add a pop of color. Plop a white pitcher filled with spring flowers in the center of the table, and no one will mistake what time of year it is.
In the bathrooms, switch out dark towels with white or light-colored towels, and add new hand soaps in soft, springtime scents. Add a candle in a matching scent, too, to lift the whole house.
Clear off patios and porches and replace winter-weary plants with pots of fresh flowers or ferns to welcome spring to the front door. Replace old winter-worn door mats with a light cocoa mat in a spring motif.