Just as we shake up our wardrobe at this time of year, following the same approach indoors can brighten our homes for spring. It’s not difficult to shake off winter chills, and add instant cheer to rooms so they’re smart for spring: simply follow our six-step plan...
“Clusters of accessories, such as vases, add instant colour and interest to a space and can be an effective way to revamp a tired sideboard, bookshelf or dining table, as the eye will instantly be drawn to the new colour and pattern,” says Eiry Rock, assistant buyer accessories at Habitat. “Currently we’re seeing a big trend for more unusually-shaped vases, especially hand-crafted shapes, which work without flowers as a stand-alone decorative object.”
SPRING SNIPS: Tirado Orange Glass Bottom Vase, from £25; Leri Multi-Coloured Ceramic Bottle Vase, in blue and yellow or pink and white, £40; Peppae Multi-coloured Ceramic Vase, £40, and Layo Yellow Textured Ceramic Bottle Vasy, £45, all from Habitat (habitat.co.uk).
Alternatively go ‘quackers’ with a Billy Duck Container in Sunshine Yellow, £13.75, Acorn & Will (acornandwill.co.uk).
Maximise the light in a room by painting everything white, which will make a space feel fresh and airy.
“White’s often the backbone of a new decorating scheme and although whites can be equal in impact, they’re definitely not all the same. Choosing the right shade for your home depends on a few factors, including light quality, the colour of major items in the room and the style of the interior,” says Marianne Shillingford, Dulux creative director.
“If you have great natural light or well-layered artificial light, cooler whites and off-white shades, such as Moon Shimmer and Rock Salt, work well. For spaces which tend to be dark, or have a colder north-facing light, warmer shades like Jasmine White or Timeless, are better.
“For a safe-as-houses shade, consider White Cotton, which suits period or contemporary settings, and bear in mind large items in a room will reflect their colour onto the wall. A blue carpet, for example, will make a white wall look very cold, so you’d be well advised to opt for a warm white.”
SPRING SNIPS: Wake up walls with Dulux Ultra White emulsion, RRP £24.98 for 2.5L, and revive paintwork with Pure Brilliant White Gloss, RRP £16.99 for 2.5L (dulux.co.uk).
Outdoors, the sweet scents of grass, blossom and earthy pungency signal spring’s arrival, and floral fragrances can have a similar effect indoors, too.
“With nature’s colours popping up all around us and nights getting lighter, our attention turns to freshening up our homes, and welcoming scents play a big part in that,” says Rosey Barnet, creative director at Shearer Candles.
“Fresh and zesty fragrances are perfect for this time of the year; think Egyptian Cotton or Persian Lime, or if you want to really warm the atmosphere after the chill of winter, choose a tropical scent such as Amber and Rose.”
SPRING SNIPS: Amber & Rose Gift Box Candle, £15; Large Candle Tin, £7; Pillar Candle, £10, and Reed Diffuser, £10, Shearer Candles (shearer-candles.com).
Alternatively, evoke a sweet scented shrub with Dobbies’ Wild Honeysuckle & Rose Reed Diffuser, £12.99, available in stores (www.dobbies.com).