We are welcoming the return of a warm spring and a seasonal interior refresh, Hurray! To help you switch up your space, we’ve gathered some top tips from popular interior designers from around the world. By introducing lighter fabrics, pops of pastels and accent flowers, these little changes can help you transform any space in preparation for Spring. As photographers based in Edinburgh and London, we have the privilege of photographing several beautiful homes designed by talented interior designers. So for further inspiration, we have also added in a selection of beautiful interiors we have captured throughout the years.
“Change over your throw cushions. I have two sets for my kitchen living room—a warm, rust/orange and taupe set that is perfect for autumn and winter, but as soon as spring comes, I change over to a taupe, grey and purple set which feels lighter, fresher and more apt for spring and summer. I also love to use blossom and hyacinths, tulips and any flower that emerges from a bulb as soon as we hit February—it’s a great reminder that spring and summer are on their way! When you live in a colder climate as I do near London, you don’t really need an excuse to embrace spring wholeheartedly!”
“Nothing makes me feel more like spring is in the air than pops of colour! Switch out some of your darker and cozier winter throw pillows for fun and bright, coral and turquoise pillows. Fold up your cashmere and cable knit throws and replace them with light and vibrant ones! For me, I love to walk into my house and see fresh flowers—whether it is a large centerpiece bouquet, mason jars with fresh cut wildflowers, or tiny bud vases with tulips.”
“As a dyed-in-the-wool southerner, one significant thing we do to refresh a room for spring or summer is cover the upholstered furniture with crisp, white, cotton or linen slipcovers. It’s an instant facelift for any room. Trending right now (even though I’m not trendy) is the colour green… A bright, clear, sharp grass green—I feel like it’s everywhere for this coming year.”
“Step one: Edit your space. Get rid of unnecessary knick-knacks, and really clean up the surfaces around your house. Step two: Give your place a fresh coat of paint. Nothing says spring like a fresh coat of white paint on your tired furniture or walls. In terms of decorating, swap out your heavy fur throws and pillows for some light and crisp silk or linen pillows and throws. And don’t forget to add in fresh cut flowers throughout your space to sprinkle a little spring around your home.”
“Spring is the perfect time to start a renovation project. The first room to consider is the kitchen. With the average person spending up to 80% of their time in the kitchen—cooking, cleaning, entertaining—it’s often the first room we like to upgrade. In 2016, we expect to see more of the grey tones that were so popular last year. However, we also expect to see some more Scandinavian colours being introduced, like baby blue and light yellow. Refresh your cabinets by having them hand-painted on site. This along with changing the handles and knobs will transform a tired-looking kitchen. We always recommend using a professional painter and high-quality paint in a flat/semi-matte ‘Eggshell’ finish.
“Spring is such a special time of year. Filled with light and life, it offers us all a period for reflection, and I find that I’m always inspired to freshen up the spaces where I spend most of my time. Although it’s not always seen by guests, your bedroom is where you kick off your shoes, unwind with a good book, and rest your head, making it a very significant space. You can make a dramatic change by simply rotating your bedding based on the season. Change out dark, heavy fabrics for lighter, more airy blends and darker hues for calmer, cooler ones, and voilà, you’ve just transformed your cozy winter cave into your light and bright spring-time sanctuary. On the topic of light and airy fabrics, you may also want to take a look at your windows. If they’re framed by a dense, moody fabric you might be missing out on that gorgeous, natural spring light that lends everything it touches a nice, healthy glow. Rotate in drapery in a soft linen blend and your home will feel refreshed in a flash.”
“Edit. Go through your coffee table books, get a new tray and organize your jewelry, rearrange your bookshelf…you get the idea. Clean your windows for each room in your house (We CANNOT stress this enough). For the kitchen, I love reorganizing my pantry and spices. This time of year is also the perfect time to swap out your fixtures. This is so much easier than switching out large furniture. I always say I do fixtures last in a room since it’s like the jewelry on the outfit. Sometimes just getting an updated finish on your chandeliers helps tremendously. If you’re nervous of blending metals, opt for a champagne finish on the lighting, or a natural material (like shell, resin, or glass).”
Et Voila! We hope these ideas can help you in your venture for a spring-ready home.