5 Tiny Tweaks That’ll Make Your Home Ready for Spring, According to Designers

published Mar 19, 2024
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Living room with large gold cozy sectional, disco ball planters, marble round coffee table with flowers in vase, Lots of plants
Credit: Erin Derby

Spring is officially here, which means longer days, warmer weather, and the potential to update your space. If you’re someone who likes to restyle for the season, know that you don’t need to invest in tons of new decor or accessories to channel a fresh, spring-ready feel.

“There are many tiny tweaks you can make in your home to embrace the arrival of spring,” says Ayten Nadeau, founder and principal designer of I-TEN DESIGNS in Raleigh, North Carolina. From embracing softer colors to going all-in on spring cleaning, these five simple, designer-approved ideas can elevate your home all season long.

Bring in pastels.

Colder months go hand in hand with dark and moody tones, but pastel shades feel more suited for spring. Think pale yellow, lavender, light pink, mint green, and more. “You can [swap out] your pillows, flowers, and coffee table books to refresh your space with that softer spring look,” says Sallie Lord, founder and principal designer of GreyHunt Interiors.

Take things a step further and collect small pieces of artwork in coordinating pastel colors, too, suggests Virginia-based designer Amy Bannecker. Shop websites like Society6 and Etsy for affordable options that also support small independent artists.

Decorate with natural touches.

Designers agree that one of the simplest ways to transition your home for spring is by incorporating fresh flowers. Classic in-season options include tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas, and more — all usually available at most grocery stores and floral shops this time of year. 

That being said, brightly colored flowers aren’t the only way to go. Branches full of lemons, oranges, and other citruses also help bring a seasonal flair to any room.

Give your space a deep clean.

Here’s a simple way to transform your home without even touching your decor: Do a solid spring clean. “Indulging in a thorough deep cleaning can truly rejuvenate your space and bring in freshness without spending a dime,” says Nadeau. Using cleaning products with fresh, natural scents will make your home smell even more springy, too. While you’re at it, try to declutter your space before a full cleanse, or pare down as you’re working your way through your room-by-room spring clean.

Credit: Erin Derby

Incorporate flower motifs.

When in doubt, lean into floral patterns with small decorative touches, including textiles, like throw pillows, blankets, bed linens, and curtains. You can also bring in artwork that features botanical themes. “Floral art can make a statement in any room and gives a great color palette to play off of,” Lord says.

Display colorful glassware and dishes.

You don’t need to look much further than brands like Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, and even IKEA to see that colorful drinking glasses and serving dishes are having a moment. Nadeau suggests adding these vibrant, vintage-inspired touches throughout your home — whether styled on open shelves in your kitchen or dining room sideboard, or used for special occasions and hosting. You can often source these and colored glass candlestick holders, trinket dishes, and vases at local thrift stores, too.