Blooming Marvellous – Getting Your Home Ready For Spring
Sunday 20th March 2022 is the date of the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, better known by normal mortals as the beginning of spring. The new season brings longer and hopefully warmer and sunnier days which makes us crave brighter, fresher spaces at home. After weeks of winter weather, who can blame us for wanting cheerful homes that echo nature’s reawakening outside?
If you’re itching to get your home ready for spring, there are many ways to refresh your interiors and bring the outdoors in. We’ve put together some tips and ideas to get you in the right zone.
First off, a good old spring clean and house detox is a great opportunity to get rid of the stale winter energy and refresh your home. Throw the windows open and let the sunshine in as you clear away dirt, dust and allergens that build up in houses and apartments during the winter months.
The classic tradition involves cleaning your home from top to bottom, one room at a time, including all those little nooks and crannies and areas that don’t get much regular attention.
Most spring-cleaning jobs will involve no more than a bit of elbow grease, though professional expertise is useful for specialist tasks such as carpet, curtain and upholstery cleaning, window cleaning and oven cleaning. If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, now is a good time to book a chimney sweep for an annual visit.
Don’t forget to deep clean your kitchen and bathrooms too, and declutter all those dumping grounds and ‘glory holes’ that every kitchen seems to have. The result you’re aiming for are clean, well-organised cupboards and drawers that maximise the use of available storage and are a joy to use. Here's how I decluttered my pantry.
My favourite cleaning product? Good ol' water and white wine vinegar. Try it!
Get the Look: Olive & Barr Shaker Kitchen painted in Normandy Grey and Ho Ho Green from £10,000 (1), £10000, www.oliveandbarr.com | Annie Sloan, Satin Paint in Knightsbridge Green | Faux Single Eucalyptus Stem - Pale Green, £18 from OKA | Tor Stone Wood Paint | Tobe 16 Piece Cutlery Set, Matt Copper Finish, £99, MADE | Large White Stoneware Jug, £38, Marquis and Dawe | Medium White Fele basket Bowl, £30, emmela.co.uk | Jute Hanging Basket, £55.95, www.thegreyworks.com | Cocina Bowl, $84, www.satara.com.au
Fresh Colour Schemes
Now that your home is sparkling clean, you may want to go a step further and redecorate some areas. If you’re painting, whites, off-whites and creams are good choices for a crisp and clean feel, while pops of colour can add personality with a minimum of effort. And why not embrace a springtime colour palette if you’re making over your interiors scheme?
The natural colours of spring can be a great inspiration for a fresh new room scheme. From sugary pink to daffodil yellow, or natural hues of soft green or sky blue, it’s easy to breathe new life into the simplest of spaces. Consider using patterns such as florals, geometrics or stripes against a simple base colour scheme to add interest and personality.
If decorating a whole house, or even a whole room, isn’t on the agenda, try introducing colour with soft furnishings, such as textured rugs, throws or cushions. Accessorising living rooms and bedrooms with homely touches and some artwork on the wall may be all that’s needed to tie the décor together.
Above: A bedroom with products from Norsu Home. This Spring inspired pastel palette can be achieved with paint from Lick, including Yellow 01, White 04, Pink 04 and Green 09.
Below: Another bedroom with products from Norsu Home. Playing around with Farrow and Ball colours.
Flowers and Fragrance
Spring is much more than just cleaning and decorating – it’s a chance to give your home a different look, a seasonal refresh and a whole new lease of life. Let’s celebrate new life and new growth by bringing the outside in. Dust down those vases and fill them with springtime flowers, lush greenery and vibrant colours.
Check the garden for magnolias, tulips and wisteria and bring some inside as the perfect reminder that everything is springing into life outdoors.
GET THE LOOK
Bloomingville Lilo Flowerpot, £20, www.sweetpeaandwillow.com
Heritage cylinder plant pot, £14.99, www.dobbies.com
Moira Plant Pot , £14, www.hudsonhome.co.uk
Tabor Orange Small Pot , £45, www.abodeliving.co.uk
Large Tokyo Plant Pot, Matte Black, £69, www.cultfurniture.com
Kuopio Large Plant Pot, Brass, £49, also Cult Furniture
Scaramanga - Fluted Terracotta Plant Pot - Set Of 3, £15.5, www.scaramangashop.co.uk
[The Spring Dried Flower Baked Blossom DIY Wreath, £28, thehappyblossoms.com ]
If you don’t have a garden, get some flowers in pots or planters or buy a springtime bouquet. They don’t have to be expensive, even a simple bunch of daffodils can brighten the space and lift the heart.
Mood lifting spring scents will transform winter hibernation into springtime revitalisation. Choose classic citrus notes such as lemon, bergamot and mandarin or florals including jasmine, rose and iris for an uplifting effect. Introduce fragrance in reed diffusers or room sprays, scented candles or even air fresheners to deodorise and cleanse the room’s ambience.
GET THEM NOW:
Pink Candle Holder, £13.95, Annabel James
Aery Living Aztec Tuberose Scented Candle, £29
Aery Living Retreat Scented Candle Lemongrass Cedar and Patchouli, £27
Mandarin Lime and Basil Candle, £14, Chilli Winter
Sparkling Bergamot Ceramic Candle, £28, Mint & May
MÆGEN You Are My Sunshine Candle, £20, Quince & Cook
Bee Rose Noir Scented Candle, £24.99, LOLA DESIGN
White Flowers Classic Candle, £32, OLOR
Sanga Glass Candle Votives and Vase Set, £39, Beaumonde
Make it your intention to celebrate spring by creating a little display to honour the season. While spring cleaning or rearranging, you may have come across some long-forgotten decorative items. Why keep your treasures hidden away when there’s an opportunity to show them off?
From vases to candlesticks, picture frames, artifacts and unique objets, think about creating little ‘tablescapes’ on a coffee table, mantelpiece, hall console or bookshelf that draw the eye and add interest to your interiors.
Choose a common theme – colour, material, shape etc – and start playing around until you find a style combination that you like. How about making an Easter display? Change your vignettes every so often, perhaps every season, so they don’t go stale.
Image: ELOISE HOME, check them out for Spring inspired fabrics