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Regardless of the calendar, it’s always a perfect time to introduce fresh colors and natural elements to your residence by giving your house a perfect interior color makeover. Here are some ideas to bring the outdoors in by infusing nature and garden-inspired items throughout your home.
The color of your walls, floors and furniture is the foundation for setting the tone of your environment. Your spring décor should complement your base colors, not clash with them. If you aren’t happy with your base, it’s time to switch it up and think of ways each room’s color can better reflect your personality and the function of the room.
Beiges, whites and grays are wonderful canvases that allow you to play with color. Consider jewel tones and bright colors for accent pieces to inject more personality.
A sophisticated look can be achieved by combining rich shades like navy or plum with metallic home décor details in gold, silver or pewter.
Pastels like pale green, soft yellow or lilac give you a chance to accessorize monochromatically with brighter and darker shades within the same family.
Paint is the easiest and one of the best ways to change the feel of a room.
If you feel unsure about a new color, or already have neutral walls, consider painting an accent wall. Or if you have molding, paint the molding a new shade for instant contrast.
If you have furniture that needs a little help, give it a new coat of paint! Wooden chairs, desks and cocktail tables are easy to paint and much more cost-effective than buying a whole new set of furniture.
If you already love the neutrality of your walls and furniture, try painting your shelves or wall sconces if you have them. Is your bookshelf boring? Paint the inside of your bookcase to add color against a neutral wall.
Rugs are another item that add color. They can be changed with the seasons, and don’t have to be a costly commitment.
Wayfair has a great selection of rugs on their website, from area rugs and hallway runners to outdoor rugs and doormats. You can even shop by shape, pattern, color and material.
If you have wood floors, try patterns like floral or geometric designs that complement your walls to freshen the look of a room.
Placing a colorful rug underneath a dining room table or other seating areas can liven up the room. If you already have a neutral rug on your floor, layer a smaller one on top in a spring color for added dimension.
Don’t forget about the outside! If your outdoor welcome mat is dingy from wear, swap it out with one featuring flowers, birds or something nautical.
From furniture to dining room placemats, fabrics can breathe new life into a room simply because of their color and placement in the room.
Target has a great selection of textiles, such as throw blankets, draperies, bedding and pillows.
If your couch and upholstered chairs are dark, try slipcovers that are pastel or feature a spring color-like motif. Spice up a chair or ottoman by placing a plush throw blanket across them in a bright color.
Consider light-hued draperies or sheers for windows that face the sun. They will add both light and soft warmth to the room. Pick a shade that complements your paint and you can then match pillows, throws and other accents to the drapes to really pull the room together.
Colorful bedding can make your bed a statement piece in the room. Even if you don’t use colorful sheets, try a new comforter, duvet or quilt with complementary pillows for a luxe look. If you have a connecting bathroom, you can match the towels and shower curtain to the color of the bed for a fluid color scheme.
A dining room can always use a dressing up. If you’ve left your table au natural, now could be the time to use a tablecloth in a colorful spring shade and place a table runner on top for added dimension. Choose placemats and napkins that pull in the same color as the tablecloth. Additionally, roll out seasonally themed accessories like Fourth of July-inspired dishes, winter holiday glassware, or, really, anything with a solid, bright shade.
Art and photographs are often the focal point of a room, so make sure they reflect the season. Swap out that reproduction of a snowy Victorian scene and replace it with a spring or summer image when it goes from winter to spring.
Anthropologie has wonderful works of art and wall décor on their website. While some pieces are a little more on the high-end, there are plenty of affordable decorations that will turn any wall into your home into an artistic installation.
The frames that hold your favorite photos may need changing as well. Do you have heavy dark frames hanging on the wall? Simply swapping them for silver- or gold-plated frames can lighten the room and make the wall appear lighter.
From an artistic vase to a collection of candles, accessories are an easy and inexpensive way to add color and personality to any room.
Pier 1 is a great store for statement pieces. Dress up any room in your home by choosing exciting accessories.
Bring in live or artificial plants and flowers to update countertops, shelves or windowsills. Flowers such as hydrangea, lilies, tulips, daffodils and azaleas are available right now and can be placed in a vase or colorful planter to brighten your home’s décor.
Avoid leaving side tables, the kitchen table or other furniture with decent surface space, empty. Add a vase of flowers, put fresh or faux fruit in a glass bowl, or add a decorative birdhouse to a tabletop.
Candles and air fresheners are great home accents, and can change the mood of a room in any season. Try a cotton scent in the bathroom, a citrus scent in the kitchen, and a sweet floral scent in your bedroom to bring fragrances of the outdoors inside.
Accent pillows are a reasonable way to change a room for each season. If you have a neutral couch, use bright or festive prints, but if you have a printed couch, consider solids in a harmonizing color. Remember, pillows look better when paired in sets of two. For example, if you want to place turquoise and yellow pillows on your beige couch, layer one of each color at each end of the couch.
For your bathroom, pick a color scheme so it will be easy to match the rug, towels and shower curtain for a fluid appearance.
Last but not least, don’t keep family heirlooms in a cardboard box in the basement. Whether they are antiques or a gift from 1987, there’s likely an item or two that can really give rooms a personal and lived-in touch.
Celebrate and breathe new life into your home with fresh scents, pops of color and design elements that can be easily swapped out. Get creative and have fun!
How do you add seasonal color to your home? Let us know in the comments below!
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