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Spring it on: new season interior design tips

Spring is in the air. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, moods are getting brighter – time to restyle your home to match your fresh outlook on life.

Spring is in the air. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, moods are getting brighter – time to restyle your home to match your fresh outlook on life.  

So, what’s in? And how do you get ‘the look’ you want without breaking the bank? Here are our top six uplifting design tips to make your home style sing.

1) Channel your inner ‘Marie Kondo’

Spring uplifts the body and mind. So if certain things in your home don’t ‘spark joy’, maybe they belong in another season?

Go through every space - bedroom to kitchen, kitchen to living space - running a fine-tooth comb over everything from your furniture to rugs, artwork, trinkets and towels. If it no longer feels right, it’s goodbye time.

2) Change is good

At this point, you should be left with only the things that feel positively invigorating – now to find new ways to fall in love, all over again.

Walk around your home and look at every space from different angles. What you’re trying to do here is think about how changing things like furniture, rugs and artwork to a new location can give your home a fresh energy.

Will moving your sofa to a different place in your living room help you see your space in a new way? Even small changes like switching rugs between rooms can breathe new life into a space.

3) Upcycle furniture

Upcycling is a fun, sustainable project that not only saves you money, but helps reduce landfill waste too. Basically, it involves turning unused second-hand furniture and materials into something ‘new’. Think picnic bench cut in half and mounted to the wall to create a practical workspace, or painting an old wooden ladder and rebirthing it as a carefully curated bookcase.

New to upcycling? Here are some top tips:

  • Start with timber furniture – it’s easy to work, cut, sand and paint. Once you’ve got a feel for it, feel free to move to the next level (like resurfacing iron vintage bathtubs).
  • Use Annie Sloan chalkboard paint to give your outdated furniture a fresh modern look (don’t be afraid to experiment with colours).
  • Find the tools that you like working with. Some people are drawn to traditional tools like sandpaper and manual hand drills, while others fork out for the latest power tools. 
  • Have fun – upcycling is all about experimenting and trying new things. 

4) Swap till you drop

Seasons come, seasons go. So when styling your home, consider buying two sets of everything in contrasting mood styles that you can switch out when the sun comes out to bring in a more effervescent vibe.

Winter:

  • Thick, luxurious hand towels
  • Heavy faux fur throws 
  • Cable knit blankets
  • Darker, moody artwork

Spring:

  • Hand towels in whites and pale pinks
  • Cotton or linen throw blankets 
  • Natural textures (like jute)
  • Uplifting artwork that emphasises growth and renewal

5) Greenery scenery

When you think of spring you think of colourful blooms – so why not bring them indoors. Decorating with fresh flowers is one of the easiest ways to breathe fresh life into your home’s new season style. 

Some big on-trend spring blooms include King Protea, Peony, Scabiosa Flower, Brunia and Geraldton Wax. Arrange them in a stunning dining table centrepiece to bring a bright pop of colour in your home.

6) Colour your world

Spring is a feeling. When restyling, go for colours that set the mood you want to experience at home.

Cool colours mixed with light neutrals create a breezy feel. Crisp white is simple and timeless, allowing light to bounce around your interior so you can gently layer colours. For a more cheerful feel, go for tropical hues like fuchsia pink and tangerine orange.

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