Easy Spring Decorating Ideas | Midwest Living

Easy Spring Decorating Ideas

When spring's first warm breezes inspire you to embrace the new season, use these decorating ideas to freshen up your rooms.
  • Think nature

    Gather nature's gifts and place them in simple containers around the house. Spring branches, pebbles, shells, fresh fruits, spring flowers and more will create uplifting still-lifes. Use containers made of natural materials such as wicker or those with light spring colors.

  • Change the furniture

    Now's the time to swap that dark wood bench or upholstered chair for a lighter, spring-colored wicker replacement. Bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms will welcome the warm seasons when filled with wicker or other garden-inspired furniture. New white and bright-color towels (and a lightweight shower curtain) will make you eager to start the day.

  • Open the views

    Trade those draperies designed to block cold blasts for sheer curtains in cotton gauze or voile. The sun will stream into the room; plus, the curtains will look ethereal blowing in the cleansing breezes.

  • Revive the bedroom

    Strip the flannel sheets and go for cool, silky, high-thread-count cottons. Change out winter comforters, bedskirts, duvets or pillow shams for others in light-colored shimmering silks, sheers and embroidered florals.

  • Make simple, but big, changes

    Rearrange seating away from the fireplace and toward nature views. Cover heavier upholstery with canvas slipcovers and toss on bright pillows. Hide a dark wood side table under layered fabric tableskirts. Change out winter table accessories for light pieces, such as this open-weave basket, white pottery lamp and turquoise vase filled with hydrangeas.

  • Set a new table

    Delight springtime guests with seasonal tabletop style. Plant wheatgrass and daisies in a natural-root centerpiece bowl. Serve fresh salads on leaf-style plates atop woven placements. Bird-shape glass bud vases and nests with frosted-glass eggs truly say spring has arrived.

  • Look underfoot

    Expose tile or wood floors. Replace scatter rugs with light, summer-striped versions, or add large sisal area rugs in place of heavier wool Orientals.

  • Add easy accents

    A green-leaf-motif tin lamp can replace a heavier brass version. Pressed leaves in a white frame complete an entry table vignette with a garden statue and the season's first roses. Seats on dining room chairs usually are easy to remove. So covering your cushions with a fresh color or pattern fabric for spring is as easy as using a staple gun.

  • More spring ideas

    INVIGORATE FAMILY PHOTOS New fun, colorful, and inexpensive photo frames add spring style to favorite portraits.
    SUBSTITUTE If you usually have a wool blanket thrown over your sofa for warmth, change it to a cotton quilt pieced in brights. Pack away candlesticks and silk arrangements and replace with clear glass vases filled with pebbles and flowering houseplants. Put a playful paper lampshade on that traditional lamp.
    FILL THE FIREPLACE Remove the wood and make an arrangement of shells, driftwood and interesting rocks placed in front of a vintage mirror for sparkling reflections.
    DECORATE THE FRONT DOOR Replace the wreath with a basket planted with sweet potato vine and petunias. It will grow longer and bloom more as the season progresses. 

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