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02/28/2014 // 31 comments

Three Ways To Brighten Your Home For Spring

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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

Azu

28 / 28 / 2014

These are all lovely ideas. Flowers always brighten up a room! Daffodils are one of my favorites :)

xo Azu

http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

Emelie @florainspiro

28 / 28 / 2014

Lovely bouquets, Will! As you might guess I find no 1 the most important way to bring spring into you home ;) Have a nice weekend! xx

ANDRIANA

28 / 28 / 2014

JUST BY LOOKING AT THE PICTURES, YOU GET THE SPRING FEELING! THEY ARE SO LOVELY! ESPECIALLY THE LAST ONE WITH THE BEAUTIFUL TULIPS! FLOWERS ALWAYS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE….

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Azu – Daffs are my favourite as well!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Emelie – Great hearing that from a floral talent like you, thank you! Have a fab weekend. x

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Adriana – Yay for spring! It’s so lovely seeing the season change to brighter days (said as it’s pouring with rain outside!).

elisabetta @italianbaRk

28 / 28 / 2014

Yeeh spring is coming!!even if here in my city (near venice) this year it really seems like spring will never come, so many rainy days…but your right, it’s time for flowers and colours, I will start from my small garden!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Elisabetta – I know how you feel because it’s pouring with rain here today! ;)

Serena

28 / 28 / 2014

I love the flowers in the pitcher.. also the yellow cabinet below… amazing mix :-)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Serena – I bought that at a vintage shop in London because I fell in love with the multi-coloured polka dots in an instant!

Ferren

28 / 28 / 2014

It’s so nice to see more of your home. Colourful and lovely– just like I’d expect from you :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Ferren – Thanks so much, I’m thrilled with how it’s looking these days! I’ve been itching to share more of it but because I shot it for my book I didn’t want to blog it properly until after April! :)

Ferren

28 / 28 / 2014

Did you ever do your white floors?

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Ferren – Yep, white floors in the bedroom and office; love them!

Candy Pop

28 / 28 / 2014

Gorgeous post, so many happy colours!
Have a great – colour filled – weekend!

spring is already here! flowers forever ;)

jillian

28 / 28 / 2014

love it all! i cant wait for warmer weather! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

Jocelyn Casey

28 / 28 / 2014

Bright post, Will! I love all your suggestions, they are easily attainable! I am going to refer your blog to one of my clients so she can be inspired by color. I love color AND I usually tend to lean towards neutrals with splashes of color so thank you for sharing your way of adding in some bright and cheerful goodies! Have a wonderful weekend! Jocelyn

Geraldine@littlebigbell

28 / 28 / 2014

You have a beautiful home Will. Desperate to see your book, can’t wait. Great ideas here, I need to get the paint brush out again soon to colour some of my furniture pieces. xx

Tim@DesignMaze

28 / 28 / 2014

Yay to your brilliant spring ideas!! I am so with you on spring blooms … Just such a treat when it’s bitterly -35C cold outside! nothing beats a cup of hot coco + fresh blooms + a fireplace for a toasty sunday afternoon!

Funny you mentioned painted furniture … I am about to tackle one myself! Wish me luck … #sonotaDIYer

Happy weekend to both you MRs! xoxo

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@B&G Visualizations – Please do send some flowers this way! ;)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Jillian – Thanks so much! Hugs to you! xo

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Jocelyn – Neutrals with splashes of colour can look fab, too. I love grey with splashes of yellow or purple – so chic! Have a fab weekend and thank you to recommending me to one of your clients! xo

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Geraldine – Thank you for your generous words. I’m so excited for you to see the book! :) x

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

28 / 28 / 2014

@Tim – I can’t wait to see your painted furniture, Mr! Have a fab weekend! xo

trisha

02 / 2 / 2014

the pom pom lamp is my favourite! it is absolutely adorable. xx

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

02 / 2 / 2014

@Trisha – Thank you! I have to admit that it is kinda cute! ;) x

claire

03 / 3 / 2014

Such lovely photographs and ideas – this has cheered up my rainy Monday morning. Really looking forward to your book coming out. Have you any book tours/signings planned?
Claire.x

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

03 / 3 / 2014

@Claire – Thank you! Yes, my UK book launch is at West Elm in London on Wednesday 16th April at 6:30pm. :) x

vicky M

06 / 6 / 2014

I love spring. On the 1st of March I always get a couple of bunches of daffodils The are so inexpensive but instantly brighten the place up :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

06 / 6 / 2014

@Vicky – Me too! I do the exact same thing – love them! :)