Inside: Nine simple ways to add some fresh touches of spring to a few key areas of your home when it’s not quite time to bring out the bunnies!
The month of March where we live straddles the seasons. It’s the time of year when one foot is in the warm bright sunshine of spring, and the other is still planted in dreary, frigid winter-like days.
We’ve recently had a stretch of temps in the teens and twenties, but the promise of delightful spring weather is just around the corner, and I cannot wait another minute to bring spring freshness into my home!
I divide my spring decorating into two phases—early Spring and Easter. After Valentine’s Day, I pack away the winter blues along with the pinecones, winter greenery, and heavy textiles. And I replace them with just a few accessories that make my rooms feel light and fresh, just like spring itself. But you won’t see any bunnies around just yet…
Let me show you how I incorporated nine super simple ways to brighten up a home for spring by decorating key areas with blooms, spring textures, and a bit of color!
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1. Choose a Spring Color Palette.
This first is not a specific area to decorate, but accent colors definitely speak to a particular season. Spring is associated with fresh starts and new beginnings. And plants popping their green heads out of the ground is a sure first sign of spring. Adding in light, bright pastels, and lots of those greens makes us want to reemerge from our own hibernation of winter and get back outside.
Early Spring Decor With Color in the Living Room.
In the living room, I’ve gone the colorful spring route—it looks so cheerful every time I walk through this area it instantly brightens my mood! I think of it as my version of Grandmillenial color but with a very neutral room and just a few splashes of bright, happy shades.
Early Spring Decorations With Neutral Colors in the Family Room.
I went a different color direction in the family room with a neutral and subdued color palette of tan, ivory, and gray, but I added a soft grayish moss green. Green is the “it” color this year in the forecasted trends and also one of my favorite colors, so I couldn’t help but use it as the accent color for spring for the family room.
2. Change Seasonal Greenery and Add Flowers.
Every single one of the areas I decorated for spring involves adding spring blooms because flowers are one of the easiest ways to say “spring“. In my living room, it feels like a French garden with all of the blooms! Really, if you do nothing but put out a bouquet of spring flowers somewhere in a room, you’ve decorated for spring.
And over in the family room, I added white florals to rustic, light-colored pottery to keep things neutral and bright.
3. Change Pillows and Throws Out For Lighter Textiles.
Colors and textures of the fabrics of accent pillows and throw blankets should lighten up in the warmer months.
In the living room, I’ve injected classic spring colors in pink and green with just a few throw pillows. The green and white lattice pillow covers just say spring garden to me, but I like the green so much they will probably stay through summer paired with another color.
In the family room, I changed from the heavy cable knit sweater and fur throw pillows from winter to pillows with lighter materials that I can also leave in place through summer.
Some good candidates for pillow fabric for warmer weather are linen, cotton, chambray, and jute. Mine are all neutral in color with whites, tans, grays, and that soft moss green.
I’m loving these Studio McGee pillows from Target anchoring the ends of the sectional and the green and white stripe accent pillow. I added another touch of lightness and more green with a coordinating soft green and white throw blanket draped over the sofa.
4. Early Spring Coffee Table Vignettes.
Now let’s start looking at specific key areas that I added a bit of spring to!
For a colorful French country coffee table vignette in the living room, I went with faux cottage roses in a profusion of pink and peach shades. Holding them is a scalloped French-style garden pot and a wicker vase that’s an Instagram favorite from Target this season. Wicker looks so at home in this French garden-inspired spring decor since it’s an outdoor patio staple.
The neutral vignette for the family room coffee table is made up of a couple of Veranda home and garden coffee table books with soft green covers, a green glass candle, a rustic vase, and faux white viburnum blooms. And it’s all corralled in a cane and rattan tray. Rattan and caning are also so at home for spring and trending this year so using them now is a no-brainer!
5. Decorating the Mantel for Early Spring.
To decorate the living room mantel for the spring season, I popped more colorful blooms and a sprig of fern into a collection of clear and green glass vases.
A little water in each vase was a great way to create the look of fresh flowers even though these are also faux.
The family room fireplace mantel holds a light-colored rustic vase with several “just beginning to bloom in early spring” branches. There’s no need to fill a mantel up with seasonal decor, especially in a room where you want to keep things more seasonally subdued with just a hint of spring.
6. Decorating the Kitchen Counters for Early Spring.
Since spring is all about freshness and renewal, one of my spring rituals is to give things a good spring cleaning in the kitchen at the beginning of the season. This usually involves scrubbing the counters, wiping the cabinets down, and polishing everything including the windows so that the kitchen is ready to gleam in the warm springtime sunshine.
The decorating in the kitchen is minimal. My spring statement here is some flowering branches on the island in white to flow with the neutral family room since the kitchen and family room are one large area. I dabbed some gray chalk paint on the shiny black stems and added water to the vase too, which made my family ask if the branches were real😉. A few lavender stems in a pitcher “spring” up the corner of the back counter.
7. Early Spring Dining Table Centerpieces.
On the breakfast table, I created a spring garden centerpiece by placing a collection of aged garden pots with greenery and purple and white faux flowers on a large charcuterie board:
This centerpiece is casual and rustic and made up of things you would find in a French country garden—aged garden pots, boxwood and flowers (faux in this case), aged wood (the charcuterie board), and woven natural fabric (the table runner).
This month the dining room table centerpiece is a simple bowl of white tulips. Real tulips don’t last long enough for me and these faux tulips look so fresh even though they are faux! I bunched them into a small jar and then tucked moss around them to cover the jar and fill the bowl:
8. Spring Decor Inspiration in the Entry.
More white flowering branches in my “aged” urn give height to the space beside the stairs in the foyer and set the tone of the season as you enter:
9. Freshen Up the Front Door With a Spring Wreath.
And finally, what’s decorating for a season without front door wreaths? I hung white spring blossom wreaths on the double front doors (they only took me minutes to assemble), and added a sprinkling of other flowers and some spring green gingham pillows to the porch rockers.
Spring decorating is as effortless as adding spring color, flowers, and lighter fabrics to a few key focal points of your home. Just a sprinkling of these items and voila, you’re ready to welcome spring!
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