I don’t know about you, but after the gray winter we had, I am craving some color and light. Does spring have you inspired to spruce up your interior? You’re not alone! Here are some easy, and inexpensive ways to bring new life into your home.
Spring and Summer Cleaning
First and foremost it’s time for some real cleaning. Since your windows have been closed to keep the weather out, it’s time to throw them open and let the fresh air in.
When I opened my windows and the sunshine streamed in, I noticed how much grime and grit was on them from the rain and wind. First order of business was to get the windows and tracks cleaned. Having your windows cleaned professionally will transform your world. It’s an incredible difference and well worth the money (under $150 for my 1800 sf house).
It’s also prime time to lighten your load by clearing out clutter and giving your home some breathing room. If you haven’t taken my Clear Out the Clutter Challenge. Now is a great time! Over the holidays it’s easy to accumulate things without noticing. Take stock now, and get rid of those items that have been piling up. By the way … this is free!
Pops of Color
I’m not afraid of color – not even a little bit. And I’m also not afraid of painting, much to my husband’s dismay. You can freshen your home for spring with pops of color throughout by adding an accent wall, new artwork, or a few simple accessories.
Color changes the mood of a room and the people in it. And it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or permanent. If you want to change your space without a time or financial commitment, think accessories – pillows, vases, lighting, and other simple décor pieces. Etsy is great for finding quirky, handmade items. And I’m also a sucker for Home Goods and TJ Maxx for inexpensive pillows and small art pieces.
If you want to go a bit bolder, an accent wall can change the space dramatically. While paint can be an investment in time, financially it’s quite easy. There are a lot of great options that will immediately change your perspective. Don’t let the process of color selectionoverwhelm you. There are tons of great, free resources.
Bring the Outside In
I live just north of the tulip fields of the Skagit Valley, and this time of year our world is covered in a swath of vibrant colors. If you’ve never made the trip to the Tulip Festival, you should put it on your list.
If you don’t have time to make the drive, you can easily find these local gems at the store. While tulips and daffodils are in season, you can pick up a large bunch for around $5. A fun thing about tulips is that they continue to grow even after they’re cut. So you’ll start out with perky blooms, and they’ll transform into languid beauties.
For those who suffer from allergies, or just want something a little more lasting, there are incredibly realistic silk flowers available. I love adding pussywillows for some whimsy and structure. Don’t feel like you’re creative? A lot of the stores will help you put something fun together – just ask!
Spring is here and I’m welcoming it with my arms wide open.
Something I missed? I’d love to hear your ideas for freshening your home for spring. Let me know in the comments below!