Spring is just around the corner and the folks at 1851 couldn't be more excited about warmer days and fields of blue! Although the changes in weather and new colors sprouting everywhere are most evident, it's time to make some some changes in your home too! Finally, time to bust out the pastels to brighten up your home and open the windows to let the spring air in. Keeping up with the seasons can be expensive though, so here are some tips to get the decorating done and your house feeling fresh on a budget!
Spring cleaning may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Spring, but where's the fun in that? This year, give yourself a chance to imaging what your house could look like during this vibrant time of the year. Let's take a look at what can be done with what you currently have and what could be accented as well as some fun, simple DIY projects that you can create yourself! You might find yourself surprised at what a difference a few key items can make.
1// Metallic Accents are always classy
The possibilities of metallic accents are endless. You can incorporate metal decor into so many aspects of your home- mirror frames, pictures frames, candle holders, vases, accent tables, lamps...you imagine it and chances are someone has created a metallic version of it. Gold metallic accents are HOT right now because they don't only add a sense of airiness and look chic, but they pair great with pastels, like pink. This may sound pricy, you can shop on a dime for these pieces at places like The Dollar Store, Walmart, and even better, thrift shops like Higgins South in Brenham, Tx and Good Will! Not afraid to get your hands a little dirty? Never underestimate the power of a new coat of paint. If you have accent pieces available and want to give them a new look, metallic paint is available at Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, etc.
2// Bring the Nature Inside!
What screams Spring more than blossomed flowers? They're a fun way to introduce a pop of color into your home, make the area feel fresh, and bring the smell of spring inside. The great thing about decorating with flowers is that you can create your own creative take on how to arrange them and what to create with them! While it’s always lovely to have a fresh bouquet, it can get pricey. Check out Hobby Lobby or even order some artificial ones from Amazon; there's no shame in the money-saving game.
3// For the Love of Crafts
While we're on the topic of flowers, let's talk about what you can do with them! Flowers open up so many doors in the name of Spring crafts.
My favorite, that I'm definitely going to have to try out this spring, is a wreath (DIY Tulip Wreath for Spring) . This can be created with any flowers, real or artificial- Daffodils, Primrose, Snowdrops, Crocus, Forget-me-nots, Roses, Etc.
Spring Mason Jar Planter
This adorable DIY spring mason jar craft is perfect for creating a floral arrangement that is quick and easy to make. This is just one of the many DIY spring crafts that are amazing for adding a little spring cheer in different corners of your home.
Flower pounding is a fun and easy way of transforming beautiful flowers into even more beautiful art work that will last a long time. As far as materials, all you need is watercolor paper, fresh flowers, a hammer, wax paper or paper-towels, a a picture frame. All it you do is arrange each flower of choice facedown on your paper, cover them with a piece of wax paper or a paper towel, and then use the hammer to pound around the circumference of the flower. This method can also be applied to fabric like hand towels and quilts. Refer to How To Make Pounded Flower Art for a better understanding. I refer to this project as beautifully chaotic, we all need a little bit of that in our lives!
Let's be honest, none of us have our lives 100% put together, but being greeted by a fresh bouquet of flowers when you come home makes life feel a little neater. Whether you're the type that goes for the lighter baby breaths with soft greenery, or the lover of bright oranges, yellows, and greens, taking the time to put together a bouquet is good for the soul. It's one of the few occasions in life when you can pick out exactly what YOU like and put it together how you see fit. Check out How to Create a Flower Arrangements if you would like some guidance.
Don't forget to shop locally at The BellFlower Garden Center in Bellville, TX when looking for your spring flowers!
4// Spring-Themed Patterns, Textures & Materials
What to look for when it comes to decor pieces? I already mentioned the metallics, but there are other trending patterns, textures and materials for spring decorating on a dime this year.
Linen and cotton are lighter options for pillowcases at this time of the year.
Speaking of pillows – from solid pastels and neutrals to delicate floral designs. Woven, macrame pillows are in style but use them sparingly as accents.
Florals are always in style for Spring – Ikea always has floral pillows that pop.
Organic materials are hot: wood, stone, woven baskets, clay, metals, natural fibres for textiles. A hot DIY decor trend is wreaths for the exterior door and for your interior walls.
Clear glass for vases is the easiest way to create a sense of simplicity and airiness.
Woven baskets, woven macrame, woven throws… everything is woven! But go easy on the macrame… it’s phasing out.
Sustainability! Wood and natural materials for furniture, lighting fixtures, vases and trays
With just a couple of weeks left until the beginning of Spring, now is the perfect time to start preparing and decorating. After all, it is so important to get your yourself and your surroundings into a positive state, why not start with the place you call home? During this season, remember to let your house express not only Spring time, but who you are, and don't be scared to set your own decorating trends!
-Happy decorating from 1851 Properties1