There might still be a chill in the air, but warmer days are headed our way. It’s time to shake off any lingering winter blahs and lighten up. After months of white, snowy lawns and gray, cloudy skies, incorporating some color back into your surroundings is the perfect picker-upper. With a palette of gorgeous spring hues to choose from, the art of coloring your life will be a labor of love. After all, why should the garden get all the glory? Bring a little spring inside, too.
It’s All About The Accessories
If you just want a touch of spring here-and-there, one of the easiest ways to liven up your living space is by adding colorful accessories in springtime shades of purple, yellow and pink. Vibrant pillows, flower-filled vases and bright-colored throw rugs, to name a few, instantly bring a drab space back to life. You can even add a touch of Pantone’s Greenery, the 2017 color of the year. But there’s no need to break the bank to buy these spring things. Check out your local flea markets and yard sales for some really great deals.
Paint It Pretty
If you’re willing to do the painting yourself, you’ll definitely save big bucks. A new can of paint costs way less than the professional you hire to slap it on, right? So pick your favorite color and have at it or hire it out. Either way, painting dingy walls and cabinets, for starters, gives your interior the much-needed spring makeover it deserves—a fresh, fingerprint-free start to the season. And consider renewing the inside of neutral kitchen cabinets with a bright, contrasting paint for a pop of color each time you reach for a snack. Finally, don’t forget the floor. A colorful coat of fresh paint on the floorboards is a striking solution and one of the hottest renovation trends.
Go On, Get A Little Crafty
Do-It-Yourself decorating is both fun and cost-efficient. So if you’re feeling a little crafty, spring is the perfect time to create some beautiful arrangements and decorative accents yourself. Of course, deciding what to make is so subjective, and there are plenty of clever ideas out there, but here are some easy peasy suggestions to get your crafty juices flowing, regardless of your artistic ability.
Bring the Garden Indoors
What you’ll need:
- Metal, rectangular container
- Plastic wrap
- Green sheet moss
Line a rectangular, metal container with plastic to prevent rust. Fill it halfway with soil and add a layer of gravel. Nestle daffodil, tulip, and hyacinth bulbs into the gravel—daffodils along the back, tulips across the middle, and hyacinths in the front, if you prefer symmetry. If not, randomly scatter them around for a wilder result. Now add a top layer of soil to cover the bulbs. Cover the surface with sheet moss. Keep in a bright, cool spot, avoiding direct sunlight. Water lightly and frequently.
Turn a Colander into a Kitchen Planter
What you’ll need:
- Spray paint
Spray paint the inside and outside of your colander with a spring color of your choice. Add coir to the bottom of the colander to keep any soil from escaping through the holes. Now add the soil and your favorite flowers, keeping in mind the amount of sun the plant needs to survive. Be sure to put a small plate beneath the colander or water it in the sink to avoid drips. This planter is especially beautiful in the kitchen, but it can also be used as an outdoor hanging planter by attaching three equal lengths of chain with S hooks through the holes in the sides, joining them together with an additional S hook at the top, and adding a swivel connecter for easier watering and rotating.
Leave Your Boots By The Door
What you’ll need:
- 1 pair of rubber rain boots
- 2 slender vases (preferably plastic)
If there’s not a single crafty bone in your body, and the very thought of creating something clever seems far-fetched, this super-simple idea is for you. Find an old pair of rubber boots, place a slender vase in each one, add your favorite flowers, then water, and set them on the porch. Done. It’s adorable and your neighbors will wish they’d thought of it first.
Of course, this might be the year you choose to do a major spring renovation, involving contractors and permits, and lots and lots of money. But before you dive into that really big project, why not ease into the season with some of the simpler ideas mentioned above? It’s amazing what a little color can do for your home and your mood.