Spring Decor Ideas
I don’t know if there has ever been a year where winter felt longer and colder than this year. Where I am from the snow is still melting in our yard, but it’s melting and that means spring is here!
I will take any sign of spring. As soon as the first signs arrive I start walking through our home and changing things out to bring that spring feeling indoors!
In this post I wanted to share some of my favourite spring decor ideas, specifically for a living room.
I am not a person who collects a lot of specific seasonal decor. Whatever changes I make are subtle. They whisper spring instead of scream spring like the Easter isle at Homesense!
Spring Decorating to Lift Your Spirits
I am not one to actually be aware of what day it is, so I was happily surprised when my husband announced that today is the first day of spring!
Whether you like to wait to decorate for spring until the actual first day of spring or you like to start early. These tips are the perfect way to blend spring decor into your home regardless if its the first day of spring or still February but you just can’t with winter any longer!
As I mentioned above, my personal style is to add more of a whisper of spring decor and not an all out spring decor explosion but you do what makes you and your family happy.
Decorating for the seasons is something that is not only important to me but our girls love when I change out a few things here and there for each spring.
It really cements the turning of the seasons and makes each new season even more exciting. Which is very important around here where each of our seasons is very short except of course winter!
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Spring Decor Ideas
The first thing I like to do when decorating for a new season is to obviously clear out all of last seasons decor. Make sure to check around your room or house and get rid of any winter evergreens that are lingering or pinecones tucked away in nooks and crannies.
I also like to clear major zones of decor completely so I can have a blank canvas. For example if I am decorating my living room I will clear off my coffee table and any side tables or dressers in the room.
Clear your major decor zones
This is the same idea behind smelling coffee beans at the perfume counter. If you were anything like me and my sister you may have spent a good deal of time in the perfume isle while your mom shopped.
There were always those little containers of coffee beans sitting everywhere and they were used to clear your pallet so every perfume didn’t just smell like the last.
Clear your zones of any decor and you will be able to decorate in a new and fresh way that feels exciting and not like you just crammed a bunch of stuff with your already pre-existing stuff.
From Winter to Spring –
Above you can see what our living room looked like with winter decor and to the right is this years spring decor.
The difference are subtle but lets get into what changes I made to decorate our living room for spring.
How to Decorate Your Living Room for Spring?
We are going to look specifically at how I decorated my living room for spring. Most of these tips can be interchanged though for whatever room you are working on.
If its your dining room maybe add in linens to your dining table in spring colors like you would for your throw pillows on a couch.
Add in fresh spring flowers to your kitchen counters.
Change out your bedding for light and airy options in all your bedrooms and swap out your throw pillows there too.
I tend to focus most of my seasonal decor though to our living room. We do not have a big budget for decor and I find focusing on this one space really makes the rest of our home feel fresh and new as well.
If you have a limited budget for decor or you just don’t have a lot of decor at this season in life pick a room that you use most often and decorate it for spring. Then add in little bits here and there to the rest of your home.
Step 1. Chang Out Your Throw Pillows
The first place I like to add in spring decor is in throw pillows. For me this means adding in spring colored throw pillows and removing any heavy winter coloured pillows.
This winter I went all neutral in our living room minus some cognac leather pillows. I removed those for spring and added in some pastel coloured throw pillows to replace all the stark neutrals from the winter. This year I went for a very pale pastel pink and a chambray blue.
They are traditional spring colors but they aren’t specific to spring like say if you added in a pillow that says HELLO SPRING or one with baby rabbits on it.
Throw pillow tip:
It can seem really overwhelming when you hop on instagram and notice everyone is constantly changing out their pillows. Who has the budget for that!
What I have done over the years is made sure to buy pillow covers instead of pillows that you can not remove the covers. These are most commonly found at Target or Walmart. Most other retailers sell pillows with removable covers or just pillow covers now.
I grabbed an old cardboard box and every time I switch out my covers I fold them up and put them in the box. This is honestly hard for me to do because I am a purger.
I do not like keeping things around my home that I am not using but the simple fact is you will most likely want to use these again.
Even if in the moment you think ” I have looked at this pillow allllll winter and I never want to see it again” trust me on this. Change it out and store it away and next season it will feel BRAND SPANKING NEW AGAIN!
Step 2. Fresh Flowers or Faux Flowers
After I have changed out my pillows and cleared my coffee table I start adding back some decor.
I always start with something living on my coffee table. A fresh plant or vase full of spring blooms is the perfect way to add in spring to your home!
But what if like me you live somewhere where fresh flowers cost an arm and a leg and your really looking for something different than tulips from the grocery store (though I do love me some tulips)?
This year I made some crepe paper anemones flowers with my daughter and they turned out so beautifully that I am now displaying them throughout our house. I love the look of crepe paper flowers and they will never die but you could also pick up some faux flowers from your local craft store too.
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Step 3: Simplify … Less is More
My next step as I continue to decorate my coffee tables or dressers etc is to simplify. It just feels right for spring to have a light and airy feel to your home decor instead of a heavy feeling like winter decor can sometimes add.
I swapped out my heavy chunky vase full of winter greens for my small white vase full of anemones. I kept my stack of coffee table books with my wooden prayer beads.
Then I swapped out my chunky mango wood bowl with a plant inside for my paper mâché bowl with nothing inside.
vases and bowls
Its tempting for me to always want to add greens or flowers in to vases and bowls that I have on my tables or shelves. The simple fact is though that they don’t always need something to be added to them.
The easiest ay to simplify your decor is to remove greens and flowers and plants and let your vases and bowls speak for themselves. This also gives your eye somewhere to breathe in your room.
Step 4: A little bit of quirky
It’s ok to add in a little bit off truly seasonal decor to your space. I love me some bunnies and truthfully you can always find one somewhere in our home throughout the year. Its a family tradition from my husbands side that I took on when we got married.
Just go sparingly if you want that subtle spring look. I have placed my brass bunny candle holder on one of our Revival Goods Mini Stools in the back corner of our living room.
He pairs perfectly there with some pastel dried silver dollar stems.
Step 5: Lighten up
My last tip for decorating for spring is to lighten up the decor you choose to place in your living room.
We sell decor from our woodworking shop Revival Goods. I have both a dark brown wooden dough bowl and a white one. For winter I used my brown dough bowl on my craft table but for spring I have swapped it out for the lighter choice.
I recognize not everyone will have two dough bowls but use this principle with whatever decor you do have. Look around your space and see if there’s anything heavy and dark that you could cha age out for something light and airy.
This screams spring, but in a subtle gentle way hah.
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Styling tips for spring:
- Add in Depth! Use stacks of books to raise objects or risers. We sell a variety of risers that are perfect for adding depth to your shelf decor. You can also layer your decor and create little vignettes like a candle and small plant on top of a stack of books.
- Use groups of three when styling your coffee table or shelf decor.
- Simplify. I like anyone find this tricky to do. I always want to add in more more more. I find the best trick for simplifying my room is to remove things and then stand back and take a photo. Does it look finished? The photo helps you to separate yourself and see the room from a new viewpoint. Trust me it works!
- Use lots of different textures and materials in your decor. I love a paper mâché bowl for spring or a wooden mini ladder leaning on a counter. Think outside your typical materials and try adding in a piece of decor thats new to you!
- Work in colors. If you really want to make a big impact that sings spring try adding in spring colors. Pastels are my go to spring colors and they never go out of style.