With the arrival of spring, this seems to be the ideal time to make some changes to the house’s interior, to prepare it in the best possible way for this beautiful season of the year. Changing the colors of the walls to be brighter, adding more plants, or painting some white furniture are some ways to welcome spring.
No more blankets and rich colors. The time has come for uncomplicated decor and cheerful colors. The Observer put together ten suggestions for doing the famous “spring cleaning” at home. There is a vegetable garden on the balcony, a tidy closet, and lots of plants. In spring, let nature enter your home.
In English, they call it “spring cleaning”, and it’s nothing more than the deep cleaning that you should do at home at this time of year. Longer days, mild temperatures, flowers finally blooming make spring a season of change. And it is at this time the desire to keep everything that reminds you of the cold or that is not needed is felt. Bringing color and light indoors will make you enjoy the days ahead.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few steps to get to the tranquillity of spring when it comes to decoration. Keyword: uncomplicated.
1. Pull back the curtains, open the windows and let in the light
It’s a small gesture, and there’s nothing more effective to make the home environment more positive. Leave the blinds at the top, open the shutters and receive the sun in every possible corner.
2. Throw away what’s too much
Yes, you will always think that that painting, bookcase, books, and the curtains will be missed one day. They never did, and now even less. It’s time to inspect each division. Do you have doubts about whether to get rid of the piece or use it to decorate another space? Let the house, it breathes. There are more things, of course. The goal is to make each division lighter and less crowded.
3. Tidy up heavy rugs
In spring, they are no longer needed, and, in times of allergies, the best thing is to keep them. If you prefer to have some protection for the floor that also works as a decorative element, opt for less heavy textures such as bamboo, jute, hemp, sisal or cotton rugs.
4. Outside the window, on the balcony or the terrace, shape vegetable gardens and miniature gardens
There is nothing better to feel nature than to be in daily contact with it. Transforming a space, even a small one, into a vegetable garden or garden is aesthetic and functional. The books that help create them are varied, as are the utensils.
5. Refresh your closet
Dresses, pants in light tones, scarves and scarves ask for a prominent place in the closet. It’ll take some weight off your shoulders when you can’t see the scarves and high boots. The sooner you start preparing for spring looks, the better. The article on organizing your wardrobe in seven steps will help you with this task.
6. Toast to the longer days with natural flowers around the house
Tulips, lilies, pansies, roses, daisies, lavender or rosemary. From the most colorful to the most subtle, from the most fragrant to the most discreet, from flowers to aromatic herbs, the options vary, and the result makes a difference in the decoration. Flowers become small notes that beautify the space and bring places to life. The options on how to arrange them are also many. You can choose to have them on the table during breakfast, in the bedroom against a unique frame, in a vase in the living room or in the kitchen. The vases and vases where you place them are also important, so here are some suggestions.
7. Mix colors
Yellows and blues will be in the spotlight this spring. Soft colors like water green, mint, pink and coral always match this time of year. Don’t be afraid to take a chance on textiles, wall paints or even furniture.
8. Put the breakfast table on the balcony
In the morning, you will most feel the perfumes in the air. It will feel good to sit at the table, as a family, but outside. Without too much heat and with the cold, controlled, it’s a great way to start the day in harmony (for those who have a balcony, of course).
9. Let the fresh scents spread
In candles or spray, more sweet, floral or fresh. Make the house smell like the countryside, and it will automatically be cozier.
10. Change the images you have in the frames
You don’t have to make a profound change to get the house to look different. You don’t even have to keep looking at the same walls all the time. Just change the images you have in frames and frames, and it will even look like it has gained another division. From photographs to phrases, through drawings and watercolors, what matters is to let the art also express itself in spring tones. If you want to entertain the youngest and personalize the living room, bedroom, or bathroom, ask them to be the artists. They will undoubtedly be delirious.
11 – Quick image change
Leave the warmer colors behind and paint the walls with brighter tones, such as light blue, spring green or “simple” white. You can also use lighter curtains.
12 – Let the fresh air in
Open the windows in the morning so that the environment is renewed.
13 – Put plants all over the house
The green color brightens the view. You can put some aromatic plants in the kitchen and others in the living room and bathroom.
14 – Shiny windows
Take the opportunity to clean the windows so that more light enters the house.
15 – Paint something white
White gives a lot of light to the house. You can paint a table, chair or other furniture white. The goal is to give an essential touch to welcome spring.
16 – Save the rugs for the next winter
If you have rugs at home, keep them, as they give a feeling of warmth typical of the coldest seasons. The lighter the house gets, the better.
17 – Vase with spring flowers
Exquisite flowers can stay alive and beautiful for a month, so they are ideal to use as a decorative element.
18 – Take the opportunity to have breakfast outdoors
As usual, if you have a balcony or an outdoor space, take advantage of it to have breakfast instead of using the kitchen. If the sun is radiating, why not take advantage of it?
19- Flowers… not just for your garden
In the season of flowers impossible not to think about the inclusion of flowers and a lot of green in the decoration.
When thinking about natural flowers, think about the types best suited for indoors and places with a lot of or little sun. Using vertical gardens with flowers and plants indoors is visually interesting. And don’t forget about the traditional use of flowers in vases, composing dining tables or sideboards.
Now, if you enjoy an open area in your apartment, such as balconies and terraces, use and abuse the flowers and plants in this environment.
Research the various types of flowers and find the ones that best match and adapt to the style of your apartment.
20- Bet on the contagious joy of colors
Spring is charming and marked by cheerful and vibrant colors. There is nothing more coherent to follow the color trends suggested at this time of the year and in your apartment’s decoration.
Changing the color of a wall or including objects in warm colors are good alternatives to using more intense colors. But, once again, we warn you: pay attention to the contrast with balance, so you don’t make mistakes, so combine intense colors with neutral colors.
Shades of red and orange, yellow, pink and intense blue is strong colors this season and can compose beautiful environments. However, the color of the year chosen by Pantone is Living Coral, a mix of pink and orange that, despite being vibrant, is quite pleasant.
Earthy tones are also on the rise, referring to nature and composing well with materials such as wood.
21- Bring lightness and naturalness to your environment
Spring starts with high temperatures in Brazil and suggests lighter environments with natural decoration. To achieve these characteristics in your apartment, work with items in wood or straw, prefer lighter fabrics for bedding and curtains, and don’t forget to have adequate lighting in each environment. The idea here is to make spaces more fluid, airy and pleasant.
22- Innovate with bold prints
Finally, let’s talk about the prints that can’t be left out of the decoration in spring. When considering prints in your environments, always think about balance with everything else. Prints draw all the attention and should be combined with more neutral color elements.
Cushions with different prints give a sophisticated touch and can completely change the tone of your living room decor. That’s where the prints of the time come in, such as foliage, geometric and floral. The pillows also allow you to play with the prints, just changing the covers whenever you want.
A high standard apartment, which has a considerable space, allows many possibilities in its decoration.
When changes are more intense, it is essential to enlist the help of an interior design/decoration professional to align elements and viable alternatives.
23- A different color for the room
A different color is always welcome with the most significant flow of people! Invest in larger plants to set the coziness tone and familiarize nature with the space. Then bring in seasonal flowers like gerberas, orchids, and lilies to provide your home with light.
The beauties of nature give an extraordinary touch to these spaces that encourage interaction between people, so bet on pillows and blankets with light fabrics and organic prints to finish the composition. This is a practical and viable way to renew the decor.
24- The bathroom cannot be left out
Often overlooked, the bathroom can also receive a new look with greener items in the decor.
Unfortunately, due to the humid environment and low light, it is impossible to insert many plants there, and the appropriate ones demand extra attention. Therefore, we recommend using artificial plants to renovate this space in the house.
Depending on the size of the place, small decorative trees add a charming touch. Going into the details, some arrangements with flowers and foliage near the sink make a big difference in the feelings of those who pass by.
To match it all, invest in a floral scent diffuser.
25- The room renovation
Much of the symbolization of nature is in the renewal of life, so items inspired by it are perfect for decorating the place where we rest and renew ourselves for the next day.
Some flowers with soft tones and pleasant aromas on bedside tables and larger plants in the style of the sword of Saint George, which filter the air, make up the room very well. But remember to take care of them properly!
If you want something more symbolic, a good choice is framed images or paintings that depict nature: trees, flowers and foliage. Vary sizes and match bedding tones for a unique and refreshing space indoors.
26- For all environments
More generally, to bring lightness to any space, just as spring does to the streets, incorporate lighter tones into the decor, such as lavender and mint green, which are even super trendy. It doesn’t have to be an entire wall, but a blanket, a puff or a pillow will make all the difference.
If possible, open the spaces, let the outside light, take over and admire the landscapes: the trees around you will also bring tranquillity and coziness.
Finally, the details also make a difference! Handcrafted utensils or organic shapes that bring nature as inspiration are sure to bring a smile to those who see them.