Pic: Lime Lace
Try wallpaper or paint
Roll-your-sleeves-up types won’t have any worries about taking on a little wallpapering or painting to create a spring home. Pastels are one way to go, but to keep the look sophisticated don’t go overboard. The wallpaper in this room is a tin tile design which gives pastels a contemporary twist, and using it on a single wall makes all the impact that’s required.
If you prefer to paint, try an up-to-date pairing of colours to avoid straying into sugary territory. Pink plus grey – which you can introduce via upholstery or a second wall colour, for example – is a modern combination.
Like fresher spring colours? The softest of blues or greens will create the right look. Use them as paint for walls or as part of a wallpaper pattern. You can even make the link to the season overt with foliage or floral motifs.
Pic: California Shutters
Swap to shutters
A new window treatment is a great way to inject a hit of seasonal colour into a room scheme and – we admit we’re biased – what smarter window dressing is there than shutters? With our custom colour service you can choose yours in any spring shade you like (which, of course, will go on looking good year round). With colour at the window, you can stick to neutrals for walls, floors and furniture, then pick up the shutter colour in soft furnishings and accessories to pull the look together.
Dress the bedroom
The easiest way to revamp a bedroom for spring? New bed linen. After all, it’s a low cost option that makes a big impact. This watercolour-style design is a soft take on colour that keeps the room restful and with a white background the overall impression is spring fresh. Laying a new rug is an alternative way to give a bedroom a speedy revamp – and can conceal a tired carpet or treat feet that would otherwise meet hard flooring in the mornings.
Pic: George Home
Green’s the shade that dominates in the outside world when spring arrives, so don’t forget to introduce it as part of your spring decoration. Houseplants always look more effective as a group rather than dotted around the room so put them together on a tabletop or gather a selection in a window. Different leaf shapes will make the collection more interesting. No time for watering? Faux plants nowadays are hard to distinguish from the real thing, so it’s fine to cheat your way to greenery.
Pic: Marks & Spencer
Revitalise living spaces
Rooms with dark walls don’t have to undergo a total revamp when time, money, or both, are in short supply. A spring-inspired lighter tint of a darker wall colour like this blue can be used for accessories – here it’s glasses and a table runner – to give a room a lift without disrupting the harmony of the space.
Be inspired by the cheering shade of spring’s first flowers and transform a neutral room scheme. You can make an interior a match to the garden with daffodil yellow, or try a richer version like this mustard for an effect that’s equally sunny and warming.
Handy with a paintbrush? Why not use yellow to upcycle an old dining chair or boring side table? To get a good finish sand down and wipe off the dust before repainting.
Pic: National Trust
Do you have space to hang some shelves in the kitchen? That way, you can put some spring-inspired patterns and colours to the fore to change the look of the room in a hurry – and, of course, you can swap what’s on display later in the year without major hassle. White-painted or wooden shelves make a neutral backdrop to colourful ceramics and decorative accessories in a country-style kitchen, while dark shelves could complement a sleeker modern kitchen better. Either way, mix in a few pieces in spring-inspired shades alongside everyday essentials like glasses and plates to transform in a trice.