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’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


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.



  2. 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!

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

    • @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! 🙂

  4. Jocelyn Casey Reply

    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

    • @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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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?

  8. 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 🙂

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.