It’s the middle of March and spring is finally starting to grace us with it’s beautiful presence. I am SO over snow and ice and frigid temperatures. I want to put away the heated blankets and the big puffy coats in favour of light layers and open windows.
To help rid me of my winter blues I am trying to inject a little bit of springtime spirit into my home. I’m really happy with how things have turned out so I thought I would share my tips.
1. Spring is the peak time of year for flowers, trees and all other greenery. There is nothing better than seeing little buds popping up through the fresh grass so bring that feeling inside by incorporating flowers and greenery into your decor in any way you can. I try to have at least one arrangement in every room and maybe even more in a larger space. I have 5 different bouquets in my living room alone as well as a large tree. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colours and species just follow your gut and create something beautiful. If you are not up to creating your own arrangement or have little flower eating monsters (aka cats) like me, give fake flowers a try. You can find amazing faux fleurs at Michaels, Homesense, Winners and even Dollarama.
2. Spring is almost like a new beginning for a new year so keep that theory in mind and have a good spring clean. Don’t just skim the top of the mess with a vacuum and a bit of dusting, get down and dirty and really clean every crease and crevice. Dust all of your books, polish your silverware, clean your windows and scrub the inside of your fridge. A new clean space will help you feel fresh, bright and ready to take on the day. In the same sort of idea, take the chance to edit your wardrobe, clean out your closets and sort through your makeup collection. Donate items that are still in good condition but you just don’t need, throw away those holey jeans and get rid of those CD’s from 2003.
3. One of my favourite things about spring is how amazing and fresh everything smells. The freshly cut grass, the clean air and the budding flowers so bring those beautiful scents inside using candles, air fresheners or wax melts. Waking up to the fresh scents of roses or freshly baked cookies will help you start your day on the right foot and bring a smile to your face as you deal with the melting snow outside. I personally love to use a light clean scented air freshener in the bathroom and then use floral scents or subtle vanillas in the rest of my home and candles are my favourite method. There is something so soothing about the burning flame that just can’t be beat. Every once in awhile I like to add a yummy sweet scent of a baked treat and for that Bath and Body Works candles are the best choice.
4. Spring is all about lightness and bright colours that are covered in a layer of sunshine. To replicate this in your home open up all of your curtains to let the light in and take away any dark toned nick knacks in favour of whites, creams and pale yellows. Then follow that up by injecting little pops of colour throughout your decor with pillows, books, picture frames and collectibles. I love to use a base of white and cream in all of my bedding, blankets and small furniture and then I add colour back in bit by bit until I find the perfect mixture. It’s best to take small steps so that you don’t overwhelm your space and end up in a rainbow coloured kitchen.
Follow these tips and you will be feeling the springtime spirit in no time!
What is your favourite season? How do you get rid of the winter blues?
What is your favourite way to bring spring into your home?