ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Freshen Up Your Home With These Spring Decorating Ideas

Updated on October 4, 2011

Go Beyond Spring Cleaning This Year

Spring Cleaning is that annual rite where you banish the dark and dirt of winter and open your house to spring. We tend to do this by freshening up: deep cleaning nooks and crannies and baseboards, culling old and unused items from kitchen cabinets and closets, opening the windows and beating the rugs, cushions, curtains and bedding until any mustiness or damp has been banished.

It feels good to engage in spring cleaning, and I always enjoy my home so much more after I have cleaned it from top to bottom. But since spring cleaning is as much a metaphor for rebirth and freshness as it is a dirt-scrubbing drudgery, I like to bring creative, whimsical touches into my house that give it a stylistic refresh as well as a cleaning refresh.

New, bright throw pillows can bring springtime to a room.
New, bright throw pillows can bring springtime to a room.
Fake flowers are an easy cheat to a brighter room.
Fake flowers are an easy cheat to a brighter room.

Let There Be Light

After a long, dreary winter, it's natural to want to fill your house with spring sunshine, whether there's any actual sun to let in or not. Here are some easy ideas to freshen and lighten up your home.

  • Buy new white towels. No matter how good you are at laundry, over time, white towels turn dingy. You can easily restock your linen closet with the help of inexpensive online retailers like Target.com or Garnet Hill.com or Lands End.com, or look for a Pottery Barn deal. New towels are fluffier and brighter and more appealing than old towels, and go a long way to making your home feel cleaner.
  • Use lightweight fabrics and lighter or brighter colors. I have a winter duvet and a spring bedspread, and I always love the promise of long, warm days that comes with putting my seersucker blanket cover on my bed. I also replace the heavy silk damask throw pillows on my sofa with a lighter linen print. These kinds of fabric swaps can be made in almost every room, from the dishtowels in your kitchen to the tablecloth or placemats in your dining room to slipcovers or different throw pillows in your living room.
  • Touch up baseboards with fresh paint. Repainting your trim is a small chore that brings big bang for the buck. We seldom notice how tired those baseboards and picture railings can become until we slap on a coat of bright white paint. It's amazing what a difference this small move can make.
  • Change your lightbulbs to cool white. These automatically change the light in a room, making it that much more crisp.

Bring In Color!

Spring is all about an explosion of colors: riots of flowers bloom in dazzling yellows and purples and pinks. Birds return in all their bright plumage. Trees bud in a sharp new green. Echo that riot of colors in your house, and feel your mood lighten.

  • Swap in bright throw pillows. Pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to bring color into your house. Target has inexpensive throw pillowcases, as do other online retailers like Garnet Hill.
  • Bring in fresh flowers — or a stylish fake springtime arrangement. I admit it, I am a sucker for fake flower arrangements. The orchid in my dining room is made of silk and that cheery vase of yellow roses on a side table in my living room are also fake. Fresh cut flowers brighten any room and send a clear signal that spring has arrived. They also introduce welcome color. If you can afford to have fresh cut flower arrangements all the time, and don't mind keeping the arrangement fresh, go for it. But artificial flowers do the trick, too. Gumps.com has a wide selection of fake botanicals and fake floral arrangements.
  • Repaint a room — or just an accent wall. Paint is the best easy and cheap way to upgrade your home decor, and talk about fresh! The smell of new paint will make you think of fresh starts. A sunny yellow can lighten any room, and works particularly well in small spaces. Alternatively, paint an accent wall in a bold spring color.
  • Sew new Roman Shades in a cheery spring fabric. Id you are handy with a sewing machine, Roman Shades are easy to make. Fabric is an easy way to bring new color and style into any space.
  • Put up a wall decal. These removable stickers can create any scene you'd like on your walls, instantly transforming your space. Try cherry blossoms for a spring oasis.

Stargazer lilies fill a room with their heady floral scent.
Stargazer lilies fill a room with their heady floral scent.

Don't forget the sense of smell

Spring is about colors and sounds, and it's also very much about smells. It may not be practical to leave the windows open where you live, letting in the actual smell of newly-mown grass and earthy promise. Here are some ideas of how to bring the smell of spring inside.

  • Fresh cut flowers, particularly stargazer lilies. I know I proclaimed my love for fake flower arrangements, but they really do fall short when it comes to infusing my house with the scent of flowers. I love to have stargazer lilies in addition to the fakes because the hot pink and bright white are a cheery combination, and also because the heady smell of just one stargazer lily can fill a entire house. Other flowers also smell delicious; talk to your florist about which have the strongest, longest-lasting scents.
  • Scented candles. Candle-making has become a refined art, and it is easy to find long-lasting candles in any scent profile you desire. Some may have a generic name like "spring rain," but you can also buy candles with specific spring scents like lilac, fresh grass or hyacinth.
  • Clean deep. Use those soaps on your floors, upholstery, furniture so that they smell clean as well as look clean.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • s.carver profile imageAUTHOR

      s.carver 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks, Tina.

    • Tina Julich profile image

      Tina Julich 

      7 years ago from Pink

      Great hub.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)