Take a break from your winter decor

Draw back the curtains, open the windows and doors and let in the natural sunlight and fresh air; for spring is here. Just as you take a break from your winter wardrobe, so too should you take a break from your chunky,warm winter decor. Follow these guidelines to freshen up your space:

1. Let there be flowers

Monet said, “I must have flowers, always, always”. Well who am I to argue, especially at this time of
year? Flowers in vases are a classic décor accessory. Give this classic a fresh take by using
alternatives to regular vases. Try bottles, jugs, test tubes, mason jars or cans. In addition to the real
thing, you can incorporate a mix of floral patterned accessories – scatter cushions, curtains, duvet
covers, wallpaper or artworks.

Changing your scatter cushions is a quick, reasonably affordable way to update your look. Create an
eclectic fresh look by mixing and matching colours and pattern. Start with a plain scatter in your
chosen shade, add a striped or trellised pattern, and complete the look with a bold floral pattern.
Whilst evaluating you scatter cushion needs (yes , it is a need) don’t forget your outdoor cushions.
Florals are, of course, not just Springy due to their aesthetic value, their scent is what truly sets the
mood. After all – isn’t it the whiff in the air one of the first clues that Winter is ending? Spread
spring’s breath throughout your home by adding tropical and citrusy scents in the form of candles
and diffusers.

2. Keep colours cool

Spring is associated with bright colours, as seen in nature. While you’re adding bright pops of
colour, guard against making your interior space feel warmer than you’d like it to while the mercury
rises outside. Orange, red and yellow certainly are bright and happy, but they are ‘warm’ colours
which, accordingly, create a sense of coziness and intimacy – better suited to the cooler months. A
similar effect is created by dark colours such as bottle green and navy.

If you’d prefer a sense of cool and calm, opt for cool colours like pale blues, greens and lilacs,
synonymous with water and sky. Think duck egg blue, seafoam green and lavender (don’t you feel
cool and calm just thinking about them?). Feel free to add some bright accent colours like turquoise
and coral.

3. Lighten up on the textiles

Just as we use fabrics and texture to warm things up in winter, the reverse applies in the warmer
months. There’s no need to do away with throws in spring – simply exchange them for their
lightweight counterparts. Velvet remains very en vogue but a light, breathable cotton or linen
scatter cushion is far more inviting on a hot, sunny day.
Speaking of letting in fresh air and sunshine – sheer curtains do just this whilst creating a light and
airy feeling. If, however, you have a room that receives too much sun you could use block out
curtains to keep your cool.

Your bedding also needs a spring makeover. Whilst packing away your winter sheeting and blankets,
consider a new duvet cover – choose light fabrics like linen and cotton.

Don’t forget your soaking sanctuary – if, like me, you like to exchange your bubbly tub for a fresh
shower when things get hot, invest in some lightweight Turkish bath towels. If you’re a rookie, you’ll
be forgiven for assuming it would be like drying yourself with a giant dishtowel. Try it – you won’t be
sorry.

Hygge is hibernating. Let the sun shine in!

 

Article by Audrey Maidwell

She is an interior decorator and owner of Second Chance Furniture &

Décor at Sylviavale Heritage Village situated in Vanderbijlpark.

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