In numerous cultures across the world, the spring season is regarded — and celebrated — as a time of rebirth. It is when the snow melts away to lay the cradle for the emergence of new life. As the winter subsides, nature bursts into a carnival of colors and vibrancy. In living spaces, you can harness this celebration of life in the form of interior design elements that resonate with this exuberant season. Shag-pile rugs can make way for lighter ones with lively patterns while decorative pine cones pass the spotlight onto floral arrangements. Whether you’re opting for natural elements or a myriad of colors — or quite possibly both — the design possibilities during spring don’t fall short of its bounty.
While it’s possible that you already have a selection of houseplants that you kept throughout the winter, now is the time to go all out with greenery. You really can’t go wrong with an assortment of indoor plants in any part of your home — be it a living room, a kitchen, or even a bathroom. Since spring is the time when most plants tend to bloom, the indoor flora you would be adding can offer an explosion of colors. Consider flowering varieties such as cyclamen, hibiscus, peace lily, kalanchoe, and clivia. However, you can also go for non-flowering plants for an all-green display that contrasts the rest of the interior’s color palette.
Go for Bright and Soft Hues
An element of design that can truly elevate a living space is color. Springtime hues such as pastel green or blue can be ideal for repainting a room that could use a facelift. Alternatively, you can revive an understated wall with a collection of vibrant and unique wall art. Another way to inject color is through upholstery, curtains, a patterned area rug, and various elements of decor scattered around the living space.
Unless you’re going for a full remodel, make sure to use colors that complement the existing palette of each room. That being said, don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors until you find the selection that feels just right. An array of bright hues and softer shades, for instance, can create a contrast that’s a treat for the eyes. While it may seem counterintuitive to use pale neutrals such as white or beige, they actually provide the ideal backdrop for the introduction of colorful accents.
Consider a Floral Wreath
As you go about decorating your interior spaces with elements that accentuate the spring season, consider giving a bit of attention to your front door. A floral wreath, for instance, can not only make the doorway more inviting but can also boost curb appeal. This is very important for potential homebuyers because how your house looks from the outside may determine if they even want to enter or not.
Luckily, you can create your very own DIY spring wreath using flowers, twigs, and a few basic craft supplies. You can make it all the more special with pastel-colored ribbons. Adding fragrant foliage such as lavender sprigs can be the touch that allows the wreath to appeal to more than one sense. Alternatively, you could buy a ready-made floral wreath from a local craft store or a home decor shop if you don’t have the spare time to make one at home.
Although flowers are the obvious way of adding seasonal fragrance to your living spaces, the aromatic power of scented candles, decorative diffusers, and a bowl of potpourri is not to be underestimated. The latter, for instance, not only exudes a heavenly aroma but also serves as a decorative feature thanks to the diverse colors of the dried flowers. The added advantage of fragrant elements is that they last considerably longer than the flowers they carry the scent of — and can look just as pleasant. A bowl of potpourri set on a console table or a dining room table, for instance, can give the space a touch of elegance and style. You may, however, want to keep it away from drafty areas or you'll be picking up flower petals from all over the place.
Use Colorful Rugs
A spring transition can also involve switching out wintery rugs with ones that give the floor a pop of color. While shag-pile rugs are great for the winter, the spring season calls for something more vibrant. For instance, you could revive a cozy reading nook by replacing a heavily textured area rug with a set of round ones that feature a colorful display of circular patterns. The area rugs can also accentuate other brightly-colored elements such as throw pillows and houseplants. In many cases, a well-placed rug or two can be the link that ties a room together and completes the seasonal aesthetic.
Be Generous With Wicker
If there’s one interior design element that you could use throughout the whole year, it would be the wicker. It’s actually wonderful how this material has grown in popularity over the recent years. Even wicker furniture styles have become quite trendy. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to replace your existing furniture in order to achieve this style. There are many other ways you can make use of the material. A wicker basket full of spring flowers, for instance, can offer seasonal charm to any living space. Consider pairing these baskets with other wicker elements such as a floor cushion, a chest, and perhaps even an armchair. Practically anything that highlights nature can be ideal for a spring design.
Introduce Vibrant Accents
If your interior’s palette predominantly consists of pale tones such as white, an ideal way to inject color is through the accents. A throw pillow featuring colorful patterns, for instance, can breathe new life into an understated beige sofa. Consider reinforcing this revival by adding a brightly-colored throw blanket. While the colder months call for a chunky knit blanket, a lighter throw can be just perfect for those chilly early-spring evenings. A throw pillow and a blanket with corresponding hues can brilliantly accentuate each other while underlining the spring aesthetic. You could take the seasonal look to new horizons by going for brightly-colored lampshades, placemats, and area rugs.
Collect Spring Flora
Spring decor doesn’t always have to be store-bought. Consider taking a quick stroll in nature — or your own backyard garden — to pick a handful or two of wildflowers, roses, and blooming foliage. Natural aesthetics create a soothing atmosphere that can captivate your senses while underlining the beauty of spring. You could showcase your flora in a vase, a wicker basket, or even an ornate pitcher. Consider emphasizing the seasonal theme by going for a container that is made from natural materials such as wood, stone, or unglazed clay. Ideal places to display your arrangement of spring blossoms can be credenzas, bathroom vanities, and entryway console tables.
Make a Not-So-Subtle Hint at Summer
Beach decor in a spring design can cleverly hint towards the sunny days of the upcoming summer season — and if that doesn’t lift your mood, what else will? To incorporate this style into your living spaces, go for elements that are light and airy. This means brightening up gloomy walls with a crisp white tone that effortlessly corresponds with any existing spring decor. Inject a dash of olive greens or sandy tones to stimulate a longing for the beach while creating a calm and inviting vibe in your home. For a not-so-subtle hint, a vintage surfing board can be the cherry on top. As the summer nears, you can reinforce the theme by adding seashells, conches, and other pieces of nautical decor.