10 Easy ways to bring spring into your home
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By Natasha Burton
The season of longer days, warmer breezes and blooming flowers is almost upon us. To help you make the transition from cozy winter to sunny spring, we enlisted design experts to share their secrets. With a few easy decor swaps and some fun (and totally do-able) DIY projects, these ten suggestions will help brighten and liven up your space.
Out with the Old2 of 11
They don't call it spring cleaning for nothing. Before doing anything else, designer Betsy Burnham suggests tackling one area of your home—heck, even one drawer—at a time to clear out winter clutter. "I like to keep my house organized, but closets and drawers still get out of control," she says. "Almost every year when the weather gets warm I have a yard sale to get rid of all the overflow, and it always feels fantastic."
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Slip Into It3 of 11
"Growing up, my mom had a set of white slipcovers with contrast piping for each upholstered piece in our living room," Burnham says. "So in the fall and winter, we had heavy upholstery fabrics and velvets, and in the summer, all the furniture was white." Quickly refresh your home with breathable cotton slipcovers that will transform your living room into an airier space.
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Pop of Color4 of 11
For a less pricey splurge, Burnham suggests simply swapping out your pillows to introduce lighter fabrics and brighter colors. Even just changing these seemingly small details can change the entire look and feel of a room, she says.
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Paper Trail5 of 11
Let your walls be your spring canvas, advises lifestyle guru and designer Kelly Wearstler. "I love adding an unexpected color or texture using beautiful wall coverings," she says. "You can create a fresh perspective to just about any space in your home by bringing in a bold stripe, a splash of color or an interesting texture." Try painting your ceiling a different color than your walls or creating an eye-catching accent wall with a brightly patterned wallpaper.
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On the Table6 of 11
Rejuvenate your kitchen with new placemats and napkins, Burnham says. "I think we forget how dull our day-to-day table settings can get, and—since there are so many great table linens on the market—this is a really cheerful investment." Her favorite tabletop find? John Robshaw's ethnic-inspired, fabulously colorful collection.
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Guiding Light7 of 11
Wearstler suggests trying new lighting techniques to brighten up your kitchen. "A beautiful vintage light fixture or chandelier can really glam up a space," she says. For an even bigger statement, try lighting your cabinets from within, which will add depth and allow you to better showcase your fabulous china.
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Flower Power8 of 11
Naturally, adding in some floral elements is a tried-and-true way to brighten your home for spring. "I like to select flowers that are in season to provide a sense of living in the moment," says Wearstler. "Display is everything. Big bundles of matching stems are pure, simple and perfectly timeless." Some of the prettiest spring flowers for the home include calla lilies, peonies and tulips.
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Go Green9 of 11
For an even bigger statement, try sprucing up your decor with a tall potted tree in a basket this year. Burnham adds, "It will add so much dimension to your space!"
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Let It Burn10 of 11
For a full sensory experience—and an extra dose of freshness—scent your home with fruit and citrus aromas. Burnham's favorite is Malin & Goetz’s Neroli candle, which combines notes of bitter orange, lemon and iris.
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Get to Bed11 of 11
"Dressing your bed should be as carefully thought out—and fun—as dressing yourself," says Wearstler. In her opinion, crisp white linens and new shams are a spring must. She suggests getting two different bed linens that complement each other so you can mix them up, which will create more interest in your bedroom.
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