The other day while I was sitting in the waiting room at the eye doctors and flipping through a couple of their magazines I came across an article about how to bring spring into your home. And according to this article here are three ways to accomplish this:
1. Change up your wall color- adding a fresh coat of paint in a new color is a great way to brighten up a room.
2. Update your area rug- change out your area rug for a brighter, more colorful piece to infuse life and light into your space.
3. Replace your furniture- switching out your couches for pieces lighter in color and changing your wooden coffee table for one made of glass instantly lightens the look of your room.
Um, I have a few things to say about these three “tips.”
1. I’m renting so changing my wall color is not an option. And even if I did own my home, who in their right mind is going to repaint their whole room just for every season? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
2 & 3: Who has the space to store an entire extra set of furniture that is just for spring? Or the budget? Honestly…
These tips just are not realistic for me and I’m guessing they aren’t for many of you as well. So instead I’d like to offer 5 simple and budget friendly ways you can bring spring into your space.
Tip #1- Throw Pillows
The pillows on your couch are going to be one of the easiest and quickest ways to change your look. Pillows can be fairly inexpensive if you keep your eye out for sales, or if you are handy with your sewing machine you can make your own for pennies. Another way to change your throw pillows is to use pillow covers. It doesn’t get any easier than that and you don’t have to worry about storing extra pillows. You just simply use the covers to update the ones you already have. One place I love for pillow covers is Etsy, especially from Modernality. I love any of these blue, gray, and yellow covers that simply slip right over your existing pillow. (No this isn’t a sponsored post. I’ve just really been impressed with the covers I bought from this shop and I like passing along good deals!)
Tip #2- Change Your Art Work
Do you have some pictures or artwork that is full of dark colors hanging on your walls? You can easily change that out for some lighter, brighter pieces. Scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or fabric is one easy and cheap way to fill large frames or cover a canvas. Greeting cards and old calendars have beautiful images that look great framed and you can find some in just about every color. I absolutely love this fabric art that Kim made out of a shower curtain she found on sale. Yes a shower curtain! See how she did it here.
Tip #3- Bring the Outdoors In
The reason so many people love spring (besides the warm weather) is everything suddenly comes to life and flowers and plants are blooming everywhere. Bring that inside. Bring in those colors and the lovely smell of fresh flowers. Bring something inside that is reminiscent of the new life growing outside.
Tip #4- Accessorize
Simply switching out a few of your accessories, like candles or lampshades, is another quick fix. Don’t have a large budget? It is amazing what you can do with a trip to the thrift store and a can of spray paint. Or recycle some of your items and give them a new use. Colored water in old salsa jars may not sound glamorous but see how pretty it looks on my coffee table? Also don’t be afraid to shop your own house. Some of your items from other rooms could look great in your newly designed spring living room.
Tip #5- Scents
If your weather is warm enough to throw open the windows then open them up and let that fresh air in! Pull up the shades and stream in that sunshine! Candles, incense, or oils can also fill the air with fresh scents that uplift and relax. Some of my favorite spring scents are lavender, lemon, magnolia, and pomegranate. I love Yankee Candle Factory, but there are a lot of great companies out there with wonderful products.
All these simple and small changes really will make an impact when you bring them together. To show an example I designed this living room using Olioboard (addicting website!) inspired by the cozy, dark colors of fall and winter.
Notice in the next picture all the main pieces are the same. We’ve kept the same couches, tables, large art work, and the lamp bases. Lampshades, pillows, and a few of the accessories and art is all that changed. But what a difference!