As we approach March (yikes, March!) each passing day feels a little more spring-like, yet we’ve not completely crossed the threshold into a season of blossom-lined streets, milder (and lighter) days and chirping birds first thing. With that in mind, I pulled together five quick, easy and budget-busting ideas to brighten your home in time for spring. Here are three of my favourites:
1. Invite seasonal blooms into your rooms
Nothing spells out Spring quite like a bunch of seasonal blooms and there’s no time of year more affordable than spring to do so. Most supermarkets sell bunches of daffodils for a pound – they’ll add stacks of cheer in a simple vase or mix them with some greenery and yellow roses for an extra splash of colour. Treat your sideboards as mini stages and create a vignette around the vase: a trio of vases and objects alongside some books that co-ordinate with an existing piece of art will make your room soar in the style stakes.
2. Update existing furniture with leftover paint
You can create a statement piece out of an existing piece of furniture with a quick lick of paint. Perhaps you have a leftover tin in the loft from a previous project? If not, a single tin of chalk paint (Annie Sloan has some fantastic colours) is your best bet because you can paint almost anything with it and achieve a smooth, chalky finish. I painted my vintage officer’s chest yellow, rubbing it back with sandpaper to reveal the pink underneath – it’s now a perfect match for the rest of the space.
3. Add colour to everyday pieces
Investing fifteen minutes into a craft project often means you can ascend an unforgettable, everyday piece in your home to an interesting and original element of a scheme. Take this IKEA lamp, for example, to which I attached a length of multi-coloured bobble trim. The whole project cost less than ten pounds and no more than a few minutes but it brings a healthy dose of spring cheer to my bedside table.
Head over to Sofa.com’s new Inspiration Corner for two more colourful design ideas for spring. You can also pre-order the Bright.Bazaar book for stacks of colourful design ideas demonstrated via more than 350 inspiring and original pictures! Which idea do you like best? How do you invite colour into your home?
// Photography by Will Taylor