Ding dong, winter is dead! It’s time to celebrate the new
season and bring your interiors back to life. These simple changes will banish
winter’s gloom and invigorate your living spaces without smashing the budget.
Let in the Light
Banish the darkness of winter and celebrate the
lengthening days by maximising the amount of light in your living areas. There
are loads of ways of doing this: the simplest and cheapest being simply to give
your windows a good wash, inside and out, until they sparkle. Consider
replacing heavy drapes with floaty sheers, discrete blinds or with white
plantation shutters, which actually increase the amount of the light in the
room as sunlight bounces off the blades. If privacy is not an issue, you can
even remove the window coverings entirely, a bold trick that dramatically opens
up a room.
Mirrors are every interior designer’s secret weapon for
maximising light. Choose beautiful mirrors in frames that will complement your
interiors, and position them where they will help illuminate any darker
corners. Bring in Some Blooms
Just as the trees are budding and flowers blooming
outside, so your interiors can get an instant lift by introducing some
botanical-inspired homewares. Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 is
Greenery, a zesty, vibrant shade of green that would give any room an instant
lift. Consider matching vibrant green cushions with others in fresh floral
fabrics for an instant garden-inspired update.
If you’re feeling more daring, consider a floral
patterned wallpaper – look for something bold and modern, rather than
cottage-garden fussy. Not sure if you’ll love this look for the long haul?
Removable wallpaper is a savvy solution that’s easy to apply yourself and even
easier to take down when you need a new look.
Of course, adding florals to your interior scheme is most
easily – and literally – achieved by hitting the flower markets and stocking up
on spring’s bounty. Dust off your vases and fill them with blooms – try
substituting the usual roses and tulips for more sculptural arrangements: think
twiggy and dramatically fragrant cherry blossoms, or tropical monstera leaves.
A Scent Makeover
Winter smells warm and comforting, of log fires and
spices, but with the coming of spring, it’s time to switch to a new seasonal
scent. Look for scented candles in bright, uplifting fragrances: citrus,
jasmine, cut grass, mint or fresh linen. Chase out the lingering stuffy smells
of winter by flinging all your windows and doors open. Replant garden beds with
fragrant blooms or place potted plants near doors for a waft of spring-fresh
perfume every time you open up the house.
Declutter and Decongest
Getting rid of stockpiled clutter and rearranging your
furniture is one of the most effective – and cheapest – ways to bring your home
into the new season. Start by clearing the thoroughfares; you should be able to
waft through your home like spring breeze, rather than crab-stepping around
side tables and piles of old magazines. Take the opportunity to reorganise all
your shelves and table arrangements, finding out-of-sight storage for anything that’s
not adding to the room’s aesthetic and playing around with cute little
vignettes. Look at creating quirky but restrained arrangements with fresh
blooms in small bud vases or vintage bottles, scented candles, bowls of shells
or stones, or whatever else speaks to you. Experiment and have fun!
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