We are sharing 5 easy ways to decorate your home for spring, along with 40+ inspiring spring home tours.
Spring is the perfect opportunity to give your home a little bit of love. As the snow begins to melt and the days become longer I always find myself inspired with the idea of a fresh start. The sunshine motivates me to give our house a deep clean, add a few new pieces of decor throughout and maybe even tackle some big projects.
And this spring has been no different. We are all so eager to say goodbye to the cold winter months, even our snow-loving Zoe has been counting down the weeks until she can trade her winter boots and snowsuit for sandals and a sun hat. I can’t blame her, this winter has been a long one.
So even though we have a few more weeks of snow in the forecast I’ve been working hard to make sure our home feels fresh and spring-like. There are so many simple and inexpensive ways to breathe new life into your home I thought it might be helpful to share how we get our home ready for spring.
A few years ago we renovated a small coat closet at our garage entrance and turned it into a functional mudroom for our busy family. It was a pretty simple project to complete (see the tutorial here), and we’ve been so happy with the outcome. We’re often asked if it’s difficult to keep it clean and organized and our answer is always no. It’s actually helped to keep us more organized because it stops us from accumulating too many unnecessary things.
Obviously, during the warmer months, it looks more streamlined, as we don’t have as much outerwear hanging around. Hooks keep our everyday coats within easy reach and accessories like hats and sunscreen are hidden in the baskets above.
To keep our little mudroom feeling fresh and not too overwhelming, I added a new pillow to match the existing buffalo check pillows we’ve had for a few years. I placed this basket full of fresh tulips on the bench to add a little bit of life. Obviously, we don’t keep a basket of fresh flowers sitting here all of the time, but I love the idea of bringing fresh flowers into our home throughout the spring and summer months. And a pretty basket is a perfect way to collect flowers from your garden or flowering branches from your yard to bring inside.
As we say goodbye to the long, cold winter months I always like to give our home a bit of breathing room. I pull back those extra layers we added during the winter and just let our home breath. Donating or packing away pieces that don’t necessarily feel spring-like, or that we maybe just don’t love anymore is a great way to give your home a fresh look.
In our kitchen, I started by editing our open shelving. I made a real effort to keep this area of our kitchen feeling open and maybe even a little bit sparse. I kept only the pieces I was really loving and added in just a few new items. I picked up a couple small bowls and vases in a pale earthy green colour, that I think is perfect for spring.
We also purchased new chairs which give the space a fresh look. I’ve had my heart set on these modern Windsor chairs in white for our dining room for quite some time, and I found two at a local store and scooped them up. Until I order two more, these feel right at home at our kitchen nooks.
This textured white ceramic vase is also a new addition, and I simply filled it with greenery from my favourite local flower shop. I love this greenery because it honestly lasts forever – this is going on one month now and it still looks as fresh as the day I bought it. It’s an inexpensive alternative to flowers, and its lifespan is a lot longer.
Living and Dining Room
Now, onto the big changes, we’ve made!
The last time you saw our living room it looked like this. And even though I loved our living room, particularly our layered gallery wall, I had the urge to try something different. I was ready for a new layout and a fresh look. So we started throwing out ideas and decided to retire the gallery wall and build a fireplace instead and add board and batten wainscoting (see the tutorial here). It was a big project, but I am so happy with how it turned out. Nick and I will be sharing all of the details and the free plans for the fireplace next week if you’re interested.
So now that we had this bright beautiful room with a whole new look, I made a few easy changes to help welcome spring. And it’s easier than you might think!
First, I don’t ever decorate our home in “themes”, instead I play with color, pattern, and texture to help match the season we are in. It’s an easy way to completely change the look of your home while keeping on budget because these are pieces that you’ll either borrow from other rooms in your home or that can be used from season to season depending on your mood.
There are only two new items in our living room, but I think it feels fresh, bright and happy. The first is the large hyacinth wall basket hanging above our fireplace. I purchased this locally, but the minute I saw it I knew it would be perfect. It plays so well with the natural texture and tones of our woven wood shades (you can find all of the details on our window treatments here), coffee table and even the logs in the fireplace. Because our home is primarily neutral, with a lot of white, I always try to pull in natural elements that add texture and color.
The second is the beautiful vintage painting hanging beside our couch. One day I was telling my mom how I’ve been searching for a vintage seascape painting for our living room and she pulled this painting from one of their closets. I immediately fell in love with the warm colours and the coastal scene and asked if I could borrow it for a while. It comes with a long story and was passed down to my dad from a family friend, so it makes it even more special.
If you don’t have any fun pieces hiding around your home, I encourage you to get out and visit your local thrift stores or flea markets, you never know what kind of treasures you’ll find. And if thrifting isn’t your thing there are also so many great options for vintage-inspired paintings that you can buy new (these are some of my favourites). I love the way art adds character and tells a story, and it is such an easy way to change the look of your home from season to season.
A small vase of greenery on our coffee table and two of my tried and true pillows on our couch are the finishing touch.
I love these pillows for spring and summer because of the pop of blue they add. Incorporating a new colour is another favourite tip of mine for decorating for the seasons. Warm, saturated colours are perfect for the colder months, while light pastels or coastal blues are my go-to for spring and summer. And remember, it doesn’t have to be a significant change, it’s as easy as adding a few new pillows or piece of art in the colour you want.
Our dining room has stayed much the same over the past year, but this spring I did add a handwoven hyacinth basket, one of my favourite prints and a vase of pretty white tulips. Again, I kept things feeling simple and relaxed.
And finally, my last piece of advice…don’t underestimate the power of a deep clean! There is just something about the warmer months that motivate and inspire me to roll up my sleeves and give our home a deep clean. It feels so good to rid our home of the winter dirt and grim and bring in the freshness of spring.
So let’s recap…
5 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Home For Spring
- Less is more, so give your home so breathing room
- Add life with fresh flowers and greenery
- Treat yourself and your home with a new piece you’ve been coveting
- A fresh colour palette will keep your home feeling bright and happy
- Don’t underestimate the power of a deep clean
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful! Leave us a comment below with your favourite way to bring a little bit of spring into your home. And in the meantime, I hope you’ll find even more inspiration from my friends below…
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