Spring is here! The flowers are blooming, the breezes are blowing and the sun is shining. Everyone wants to get out of the house and enjoy the season. It’s also a time for spring cleaning and buying some new items for your wardrobe. It seems like everything is getting a fresh face. What about your house? It’s the perfect time to spruce it up and welcome the change is season. Here are a few simple suggestions to get the change underway.
Art. Bring art into your space- whether on the walls or out in the space. Art adds so much character to a home. Pictures, prints, and paintings are all typically in frames and are good items to start with. Large paintings (framed or not) can take up a large amount of space. Framed items can be paired, grouped in multiples, hung in a long line or a variety of other ways. It’s an excellent idea to incorporate some type of three dimensional work. Metal sculptures/cut-outs, woven fabrics/quilts, old metal signs, and baskets can be hung on walls. Three dimensional art can also be placed all around your space. Pottery, sculptures of metal, wood, ceramic, or stone, and glass works are just a few examples.
Lamps/Lighting. Changing the lighting in a room always changes the mood. If you have only an overhead light in your room, try adding some lamps or sconces. Multiple sources of light can make all the difference. Changing the bulbs will change things, too. Bright, soft, incandescent, fluorescent- which will you choose? In addition to the type of light, think about the way the light source itself looks. You could change out the lamps or shades. Does set of globes on your ceiling fan need updating? Lamps can be pricey. So, if you need a less expensive alternative, consider rearranging the lamps in your house. Just move them around from room to room.
Pillows. Throw pillows are one of the fastest ways to change a room. The choices of colors and fabrics are limitless. They add a burst of color, an extra bit of comfort and a finished look to your room. Pillows can be found all over. Home discount stores have large varieties of them at very reasonable prices. Another suggestion is to buy pillow forms and make (or have made) pillow covers that come on and off. They are easily cleaned and changed.
Plants. Plants freshen up any space you put them in. Adding life to your rooms, oxygen to the air and an overall more pleasant environment, plants are an easy way to go. Add as many as you like, but it just takes one. If you don’t have a green thumb, ask the staff at the nursery for a low maintenance house plant and ask them how to care for it.
Accessories. Changing accessories changes your room. As I mentioned before, you can move things around that you already have. If you want new and fresh items, try some of these: candles, lidded glass jars or containers filled with colorful items (candy, marbles, river rocks, greenery, etc.) mini mannequins (to hold jewelry or hats). Collections are nice to have on display. Books arranged creatively on shelves, a collection of baskets hung on the wall or nestled around the top of your kitchen cabinets, pottery, glassware in a case, or whatever you collect can be displayed to add character.
Rearranging. This is by far the easiest way to change a room. Simply move the furniture around. It makes everything different gives you the change you are seeking with minimal effort and no cost.