Spring might not technically be here already, but it’s certainly been feeling like it’s in the air recently! If you’re keen to see the sun shining more, you can still make your interiors feel bright and airy before spring fully kicks in. Here’s how.
Let there be light
There may not be much in the way of sunshine at the moment, so don’t waste what there is! Heavy curtains are fantastic for winter as they stop draughts and give a room a cosy, intimate feel. Now, though, they’ll be stopping that precious light coming through.
Think about using tiebacks to pull them as far away from the windows as possible – if you find traditional tiebacks a bit old-fashioned, then use old necklaces, belts, old horse stirrup leathers or reins, scarves or even bungie cords! If you’ve had your curtains a long time, this could be the moment to replace them completely with a bright, modern design – you’ll be amazed how much difference it makes to the room.
If the layout of your garden allows, put up some fairy lights in a tree that can be seen from your main living room, or wind them round the outside of the window frame. This will focus your attention on the outside and help create the illusion of lighter evenings. Colourful window boxes work in the same way, and help add colour to the room.
Pick a bright day, and clean your windows inside and out – you’ll be amazed at how much more light there is afterwards!
Colour me bright
Going crazy with colour will help to create an instantly lighter atmosphere. Bright yellow, turquoise, hot pink and lime green are all fresh, spring-like tones to add a fresh pop of colour to a room that’s feeling tired after the winter. Many home interiors brands have reversible cushions that are bright on one side and more subdued on the other, so you can turn them round to suit the seasons and your mood.
This next idea has been mentioned before, but we’re going to mention it again as it’s so easy and makes such an impact. Coloured glass vases and bottles on your windowsill pick up any natural light going, and project it into your room in glowing, jewel-like tones. Fill vases with pretty bunches of spring flowers, and they’ll look good even when it’s raining outside.
The smells of autumn and winter are log fires, baking and spices such as cinnamon. Spring is associated with floral scents, citrus and fresh linen. Invest in some new scented candles or fragrance diffusers, and open your windows whenever you possibly can, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. Nothing freshens a room like real fresh air!
New look, new you
It’s surprising how quickly our interiors can get stuck in a rut. If you’ve been living in your house several years, you might have arranged the furniture on day one of moving in and never considered it again. One room at a time, look at your house with fresh eyes. Is there a better way to arrange furniture, giving you more space and a new look? Could you get rid of any big items of furniture to create space? Try a few different combinations – even if you end up reverting to the original version, you’ll have had a chance to clean normally inaccessible areas!
Get a new coat…
….of paint, that is. Nothing freshens up a tired interior like a new layer of paint, whether you choose to paint your walls or woodwork. Try a feature wall in a contrasting colour, or transform a piece of furniture to give your room a new focal point.0