Spring is in the air, and for many of us, the new season brings with it the urge to redecorate.
When the long, dark days of winter are ebbing, we’re ready for the growth and freshness of spring. The excitement around sunshine and warmth is so great, we even enjoy the spring cleaning that comes with it!
On top of cleaning out your closet, it’s time to celebrate by opening up your home. All it takes is a few tweaks to your decor and your home’s atmosphere will match the beautiful breezy days of spring.
Here are five spring decor ideas to help you freshen up your apartment:
1. Start With the Walls
In the dreary light of winter, stains on the wall are easy to hide. The glaring light of spring, on the other hand, makes everything visible.
You could run around scrubbing from the floor to the ceiling, but chances are they could use a refresher anyway. Why not use this time to start from scratch and give every room new walls?
Play around with pastel and bold paint swatches to find a spring color palette you fall in love with. If you can’t repaint your apartment walls, look into removable wallpaper instead.
This popular decorating trend has become the go-to method for apartment dwellers to spruce up their homes. Most landlords don’t allow permanent changes, so being able to put up wallpaper and peel it off when you leave is a tempting renovation.
If this sounds like your next DIY project, there are plenty of spring-y patterns for you to pick from, like:
- Brightly colored florals
- Vintage prints with splashes of color
- Nature images
- Abstract designs
- Citrus fruits
If patterns don’t appeal to you, stick with solid colors, but go with hues that bring out the brighter side of your apartment.
2. Revamp Your Windows
Heavy drapes and blinds are great insulators during colder seasons. Now that the sun is back out and doing its thing, though, it’s time to get rid of those window treatments.
Take out anything that darkens the room and replace them with bright, pastel, or romantic sheers. If you’re concerned about privacy, look for semi-sheers instead. These give you the privacy of a solid curtain but still let natural light into the room.
In place of dark drapes, bring in the season of spring with floral prints that match your room. You’ll be amazed at how much your mood lifts when you see brightly colored fabrics upon entering the space.
3. Bring in the Flowers
What do you think of when the thought of spring comes to mind? For most people, flowers are somewhere in your top-five list. It’s no wonder, then, that floral decor is so popular during spring.
It’s simple to bring flowers into your home, even if you don’t have a green thumb. Start by adding a centerpiece to your current knick-knacks or kitchen table.
All you need is a white, clear, or brightly colored vase and your favorite flower clippings. To keep from having to get fresh flowers regularly, you can always opt for artificial blooms instead.
Beyond the basic centerpiece, plants are perfect decor by themselves. Live plants have incredible benefits in small homes, too.
If you live in a small apartment, it’s important to take steps to improve the air circulation. Otherwise, you’ll just breathe in the same air over and over. Luckily, houseplants turn the carbon dioxide into oxygen and remove harmful toxins in the air, which results in cleaner air.
Not all plants do well inside, and your climate will determine the type of plants you can choose from. Typically, a good indoor plant is one like:
- Hydrangeas, which, when potted correctly, bloom frequently through the spring
- Tropical caladiums that bring bright colors to a room and last for weeks if cared for properly
- Spider plants, perfect for those who need a plant that’s easy to keep alive
- African violets, easily one of the most popular houseplants because of their simple upkeep and regular blooms
Fresh or fake, the choice is yours, but bring some springtime flowers indoors!
4. Focus on Your Foyer
The entryway is the first thing anyone sees when they walk into your apartment. Make it bright and happy for spring!
Start with a deep spring cleaning to wipe away the mud and debris from the winter. Then, take a step back and see how you can adjust what’s there to make it look more welcoming.
If you currently have any furniture in the foyer, is it dark and dreary? If so, consider replacing it with something newer or lighter.
Put sheers on the window, swap out the floor mat in front of the door, and hang a colorful wreath outside!
5. Change Your Fabrics
A quick and easy way to freshen up your apartment is to swap out the fabric in each room.
Start with the kitchen and dining room. Look for anything that has a material that can be replaced, like your tablecloth, runner, or placemats. If they’re not already in bright patterns or colors, find some that are and match your home.
In the living room and entryway, check your area rugs to see if they are helping to create the mood you want. If they don’t give off the vibe you’re going for, put them away in storage and swap them out with a happier carpet instead.
Your bed takes up the majority of space in your bedroom. If your linens are dark, the overall atmosphere will be, too. Spring is a great time to buy new linens in a brighter hue.
Each room has some form of fabric in it. Replace any that say “winter” with a spring design to quickly freshen up the space.
Spring is an exciting time for so many of us, announcing an end to the long winter season. The happiness of the breezy air and new growth extends into the home.
Warm and dark furnishings that worked in winter no longer fit when the sun is shining brightly. As you go about your spring cleaning, swap out the decor with these five fresh ideas!