2.22.2012

Ideas to Freshen Up Your Home for Spring~

Hello my lovely readers~



You may recall that for the next couple of months I'm partnering with Apartment Guide as an official Apartment Guide Decor Blogger. Whether you're living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers how-to tips for making the most of a space on a budget on http://www.movingtoday.com and http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/And as an official Apartment Guide Decor blogger, that's just what I'm going to do as well.  I hope that you all will join me on this bloggy journey as I share tips and ideas for living on a budget.



Can you feel it??  Spring is in the air.  Especially where I live.  So it may have snowed over the weekend, but today ... 60 degrees baby!  Oh yeah!! 

The thing about rising temperatures and budding trees is that they always make me want to switch things around in my living space.  To bring in the spring, if you will.  So today I wanted to share 5 ideas for bringing in the spring...

1. Liven up your walls
After living with the same artwork all winter long, changing your walls up a bit can be a great way to get the feeling of renewal that always comes with spring.  Here are a few ideas to try...


  • Add a wall mural.  No you don't have to be an artist to do this.  In fact there are many companies that can create removable murals for you.  You may recall this mural from my boys' sock monkey bedroom in our previous house.  It's a photo of the hubby as a kid at his cousin's ranch.  Too cute, and a great way to personalize.

  • Try a gallery wall.  I adore gallery walls.  They add so much personality to a space.  I've created one in every house we've ever lived in.  This wall is in our current living room, but you can read about one I created in our previous home here.

  • Mirrors are always a welcome addition in a space.  And mirrors add light.  Which reminds me of spring.  Which means they are a perfect addition to your spring space.  (This paragraph reminds me of "If You Give a Pig a Pancake".)


2. Add some Ombre to your life
If you've visited pretty much anywhere in blogland lately, you're well aware that ombre is a big trend in decorating at the moment.   And it's a great way to bring in the spring.  Choose a spring-y color and paint out the drawers in a dresser in graduating colors to make it pop.


3. Reupholster a chair in a happy color
Thrifted dining chairs are a perfect choice for this project.  Find an old chair at your local thrift store and paint it a happy color.  Replace that faded cushion with some bright spring-toned fabric and you've got yourself a perfect addition to your spring home.

4. Don't forget those Pantone colors
Note that I said colorS.  Not color.  A lot has been said about Pantone's color of the year... Tangerine Tango.  But did you know that Pantone actually has a list of 10 colors for 2012. You might want to check them out, so I've given you a list...
  • Tangerine Tango, Pantone 17-1463
  • Solar Power, Pantone 13-0759
  • Bellflower, Pantone 18-3628
  • Cabaret, Pantone 18-2140
  • Sodalite Blue, Pantone 19-3953
  • Margarita, Pantone 14-0116
  • Sweet Lilac, Pantone 14-2808
  • Cockatoo, Pantone 14-5420
  • Driftwood, Pantone 18-1210
  • Starfish, Pantone 16-1120
So try adding some of these other fun colors to your decor this spring.

5.  Add some house plants
Greenery is a great way to bring spring indoors.  But, if you're like me, you're rolling your eyes and silently cataloguing all of the dead house plants from years past.  Fear not!  There are actually some houseplants that can thrive even with those of us who have black thumbs. Consider some of these hardy indoor plants...
  • Pothos plant
  • Spider plant
  • Aloe plant
  • African Violet
  • Snake  Plant
You can read a bit more about each of these here.

So are you ready to "Bring in the Spring"??  I sure am!  And I'd love to hear if you try incorporating any of these ideas into your space, so make sure and let me know if you do!

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4 comments:

Emily @SweetlyScrapped said...

Great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! I've looked at the pantone colors for 2012 but I don't remember a few so I am going to check them again :) Thanks!!!!

{Adventuresindinner} said...

I've got a whole new pillow scheme in mind, a different rug for the living room and I just put up a fun wreath. Now, if only the snow would melt.

The mum of all trades said...

I love freshening the house for spring.Some great tips here, thanks for sharing them.

Eileen said...

HI wendy1 congrats on the Apartment guide blogger gig. It sounds like fun. I adore the poster in the first pic of the boy on the pony. I know I have one laying around of my brother from the fifties. That would be so much fun to do!