How To Get Your Home Ready For Spring
With Spring now upon us, it is time to make some home adjustments for the warmer season. From stylistic decorations to practical advice, this article will help you get your home ready this Spring.
When we think of the Spring season, we naturally think of flowers. Whether they are inside the house, in the garden, next to your front door, or all of the above, fresh flowers make a great addition to your home in Spring. The aromas and warm colours will put an extra spring in your step in anticipation for the warmer weather.
Freshly picked flowers are great, but if you don’t fancy the cost and maintenance which real flowers bring, why not try faux flowers? Not only do they look good, but they are cheaper in the long run, and you avoid the sadness of your beautiful bouquet of flowers wilt away. Plus, you are free to swap and add to your long-lasting bouquets whenever you want, letting you get more creative with your décor.
Silk flowers are the most expensive but benefit from their extremely lifelike appearance and feel. A slightly cheaper alternative is fabric flowers made from nylon and polyester, and the cheapest on the market is foam flowers. Although these don’t look as authentic, they do benefit from being durable.
De-Clutter & Spring Clean
In the Winter, seasonal decorations can make your home feel warmer or cosier (especially a new build). However, in Spring and Summer it can be preferable to have a “less is more” approach to make your home feel larger and less suffocating in the heat. Rearranging furniture with this new found space can also be refreshing for your home’s look.
When freeing up space, it is common to find dirt and dust in places which haven’t seen the light of day in a while. For example, when rearranging furniture, you may find the carpet under the furniture is a different shade to the rest of the room! Little and often maintenance of your floor – using a dry or damp microfibre cloth – is enough to keep dirt from piling up, and thorough cleaning a few times a year is recommended. If you have not cleaned your floor in a while, brace yourself for the results!
Let The Air In
Freshen up your home by opening up your windows and doors to let in some fresh air during the day. It’s a great way to flush out stuffy smells from winter, without sacrificing too much heat as the outside temperature starts to get warmer. If you don’t find it quite warm enough yet, some flowery candles can do the trick for now – along with actual flowers. If you want to keep the heat in while it is colder outside than in your home, don’t forget to check your heating settings too, as you don’t want to be paying for heating then (quite literally) throwing it out the window!
Gardening is an excellent way to get yourself in the mood for Spring and Summer. As well as having the pleasure of watching your garden blossom as the seasons progress, the process of gardening is very therapeutic on a nice warm day.
More sunlight will help to bring life to your garden, so putting in a few hours at the weekend yourself can go a long way. Put down a little compost, trim what needs trimming and plant some tulips or other colourful flowers to add some colour to your garden. Cut and tidy the lawn, and maybe even consider starting a herb garden – it won’t take long for them to be ready for you to use in your own cooking!
The start of Spring ushers in a period where we try to bring as much light and warmth from outside as possible.
Splashes of colour on your furniture or walls can make your home feel more vibrant. Even a fresh coat of a neutral white can help your home feel airy and more spacious. Don’t forget the wall decorations either: hang up some new frames, artwork or wall prints with bright colours and eye-catching patterns to really spruce up the inside of your home this Spring.
When we say “lighten up”, we mean it in both senses of the word. As well as illuminating your house, Spring is a good time to make the house less heavy.
For example, it may be time to roll up those thick fluffy winter rugs to let your wooden floor breathe, or to change your heavy duvet to a lighter one for an easier night sleep in the warmer conditions. Do keep in mind that it is not Summer yet (sadly), so adjust to the outside temperature at your own pace with changes that you are comfortable with. It is not quite hot enough to bring out the fan… yet!
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