7 Easy, Cost Effective Ways To Refresh Your Home This Spring

As published by Stuff.co.nz

Spring is one of my favourite seasons. All about freshness and renewal, there’s a distinct feeling of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ at this time of year. Letting go of things that don’t serve us and welcoming the beginning of a vibrant new chapter…what could be better than that, right?

When it comes to interior design, it’s the perfect time to update your home in anticipation of the exciting new season and long summer days ahead.

Here are 7 easy and cost effective ways to refresh your home this spring:

  1. Windows. These are the eyes of your home. As the main light source during the day, an easy seasonal trick is to simply refresh your window treatments. Are your curtains looking a bit tired and worn down? Consider some sheer linens for a softer look this spring.
  1. Walls. Repainting or wallpapering is a great way to freshen up the rooms in your home. Add colour with wallpaper or consider changing the palette of some of the rooms.   A lighter palette in certain areas creates interest and helps to define the rooms better. Pastel accents provide gentle airy hues.
  1. Cushions.  Consider changing cushion covers to brighter shades.  It’s fun to alternate your cushion covers for winter and summer.  Introduce a splash of colour to create some drama.
  1. Accessorise. Think about adding accents and accessories. Introduce plants and fresh flowers – spring blooms with green foliage will make all the difference to your space.  If you like candles, change the scents to lighter fragrances.
  1. Cover up.  If your sofas have loose covers, consider changing these and replacing bedding – a new duvet cover and pillow shams gives a crisp new look to a bedroom.
  1. Clean out. Now is the time to clean rugs and eliminate excess clutter. Introducing new shelving is an easy and stylish way to declutter. Get rid of unnecessary tidbits and upcycle your favourite pieces – a coat of paint can add a new breath of life.
  1. Rearrange the furniture.  The entire flavour of a room can be changed simply by moving the furniture. The same applies to accessories – store away old seasonal accents and introduce new ones, such as a new table or floor lamp.