Have you started spring cleaning yet? I have, and it’s taken me a lot longer than I expected. Getting all the indoor/outdoor spaces ready for spring – summer seasons isn’t a very fast process. For starters, I got rid of all the broken and/or chipped stuff and found the right spot for a few decor ornaments that were lingering about. We also cleaned most of our patio furniture, but they need a touch of teak oil brushing to freshen them up. Next, I have quite a bit of gardening to do. But my ultimate spring home improvement project is the installation of a canopy extension over our entrance door that will be installed probably in a fortnight’s time. (More on that in the near future). Anyhow, at least once I’m done, it will have shaken off those winter blues. Are you looking for easy ways to shake those winter blues too? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Nothing groundbreaking, but plenty of inspiration ideas and tips for a spring editing of your home. 😉
Tip #1: Declutter and clean!
It’s all about tidying up and cleaning the “weary” winter remnants that have piled up in the garage, the terrace, the patio, the garden shed or the balcony, and the patio furniture. This is probably the hardest to do, because it requires a lot of effort and there’s very little joy in it. But, that’s looking at the glass half-empty. Try thinking of it with a half-filled glass mindset instead: since these two tasks make the biggest difference in the world it means that you’re half-way done!! 😉 Personally, I find it easier to get on with my gardening once the clean-out has been done because then I can really focus on the gardening without being disheartened by the dirt.
Tip #2: Edit and accentuate
Editing is perhaps the single most important thing in design. Once you grasp an idea, it’s all about editing it over and over until there’s nothing left to be undone. Believe it or not, this is also so very true for any home. We edit homes again and again for we grow and our homes grow with us; it just takes a really long time to get everything just right. Besides, the natural light changes throughout the year. More daylight hours of intense sunshine means “harsher” contrasting shadows. Therefore, re-arranging some furniture and or any art images can have an incredible impact in an interior, while it changes our perspective. Adding flat-weave rugs can also create a sense of a lighter interior. Believe me, this is a good time to rethink your collectibles. Keep the ones that really matter to you and highlight them. So, when was the last time you really edited your possessions?
Tip #3: Add color accents
Giving a wall a makeover with a color paint is perhaps the most inexpensive way to update a room. If you’re feeling bold enough take a little risk; it’s well worth trying color blocking. Another easy and inexpensive way to update rooms is to update your soft textiles. This idea works wonders. For example in my bedroom I switch bedding to a lighter shade – keeping it very minimal or with a hint of a flower print. It instantly changes my mood.
Tip #4: Go green
I bet you all noticed how big green styling is. Everyone will tell you to add green foliage anywhere you can, including the bathroom, because it’s like bringing the outdoors inside. Unfortunately, though not everyone can keep up with the plant watering, especially if the pots are scattered all over the house. (I know I can’t and I don’t like being a plant killer)! Therefore, my suggestion is to create one nook with all the plants you can have. That means that you can water all of them in one go.
If that’s also out of the question, don’t worry; a great fuss-free idea is to introduce soft textiles with a green foliage theme and a non-existent maintenance level. By the way, the tropical theme (or jungle) is trending big now! Or, you can create an art gallery wall with some images of green foliage. Better yet, do both!
Before closing, there’s one more idea. I left the best for last, because it combines tips #2, #3 and #4! You could create an accent wall with an amazing wallpaper mural. I just loved the one below, because it’s such a great way to create the illusion of a huge window that’s anything but boring!! Wild or what?! If I only had an available wall to pull this one off… I wish!
So, what do you think? Are you up for any of these? If you think about it, they are all pretty easy to do. The hard part is getting yourself worked up to really do them. Can’t wait to hear from you!
Next week I’ll be sharing some outdoor living inspiration.
So stay tuned, xx