With a new season comes the opportunity to take a look at your home with fresh eyes. Whether that’s getting on top of a decorating project you’ve had on your to-do list for months or just giving the space a quick refresh.
Both spring and autumn are the perfect time to get your house in order, especially when it comes to decluttering and organising, but today I wanted to share five design changes to make for the warmer months we (hopefully) have ahead of us.
PREPARE THE GARDEN FOR SPRING
The first tip has to be preparing the garden for spring. If you’re anything like myself and the team, you’ll no doubt have closed the back door and forgotten about all the work that needs doing until you can bear to unearth it all from weeds and leaves the colder months brought.
Get your gloves on, grab some bags and start to clear away rubbish, weeds, leaves, old planters, and dead plants. Once that’s done, clean down any outdoor furniture you have, purchase new or refresh your current weatherproof cushions and take a trip to the garden centre to invest in spring time flowers. It only takes a new planter or two full of colour to give your garden a much-needed boost.
You could even rejig the garden to include space for a BBQ and eating area this spring/summer, and there’s nothing better than a Pinterest board to keep all your ideas in one place.
SWAP YOUR BEDLINEN TO SLEEP BETTER
Having a high tog duvet is not going to do your body any favours in the warmer months, so swap to a lighter one, and consider natural fabrics such as cotton when it comes to buying new bedding. Cotton regulates the bodies temperature as it draws heat away from it, leaving you able to sleep right through the night without waking up in a sweat.
Spring is also the perfect time to swap to lighter colours and prints, with dusky pink and corals being on-trend colours for the bedroom this season.
CHANGE TEXTURES IN YOUR LIVING SPACE
Making small changes to the living room such as swapping cushion covers, changing to a lighter fabric throw and restyling your coffee table, can add the most impact for minimal expense. Change your velvet cushions for linen ones, and store away that chunky lambswool throw.
If you’re looking for inexpensive cushions to update your sofa, I would recommend H&M Home, Dunelm, Matalan and George at Asda, while Marks and Spencer has a great selection of throws and decorative items.
You could even restyle your living room with pieces in and around your home – walk around with fresh eyes and see if there are pieces you could add to the living space to give it a new lease of life.
SEASONAL APPROPRIATE FLOWERS
Once the warmer months arrive, you can take a look at your indoor plant selection (if any) and decide what seasonal-appropriate blooms to update with. Daffodils, peonies and tulips are some of the prettiest flowers of spring and can create the perfect centrepiece to a Mother’s Day brunch table setting.
However, if hay fever isn’t on your side or you have pets, faux flowers are a great alternative. Check out Homesense and Heals for artificial flowers that are just at beautiful as the real thing.
SNAGGING & SMALL DIY JOBS
Finally, a new season provides the perfect opportunity to finish all those niggling DIY jobs you have on your list like snagging, changing bulbs, updating handles in the kitchen to refresh it, regrouting the bathroom, cleaning the carpet properly – you get the picture, right?
Go around the house and make a note of the small jobs that can be completed in a weekend and you’ll feel so much happier going into spring. Even just cleaning the windows inside and out will make the world of difference with natural sunlight beaming through.
How do you get your home ready for a new season? Will you be making any design changes this spring?