20 Smart, Simple, and Super Easy Ways to Put a Little Spring in Your Home’s Step

published Mar 18, 2021
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Spring is in the air — and officially arrives on March 20 — and I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve always enjoyed sprucing up my home for the changing seasons, and spring allows for so many fresh decorating possibilities and opportunities to play with new colors, textures, and accessories. It’s all about lightening and brightening up to reflect the renewal taking place around your home in nature. In case you need a little extra inspiration on how to do just that, I tapped a handful of design pros and scoured the market for the best ways to make the most of your space this season, from airy decorating finds to easy ideas for unwinding and kicking back — both indoors and outside — during the longer, warmer days ahead.

1. Brighten up your table

“Brighten up your tablescapes with bold napkins, runners, and other textiles that evoke that brightness of springtime.” —Designer Lisa Queen

2. Make a celebratory spring cocktail or mocktail

Whip up a new at-home cocktail and make it extra special by adding a fun syrup. This four-pack features delicious, seasonal flavors such as grapefruit basil and pear rosemary. Break out your fancy glasses and elevate your ice with fruit, herb, or floral ice cubes. Who cares if no one is coming over? You deserve a little attention to detail, too!

Buy: Flavored Simple Syrup Set, $30.00 from Uncommon Goods

3. Get organized

“This is always our first step to spring design. It’s key to clearing out all the things that have been held onto over the winter. Have you shoved one too many pillows under the bed? Do you have a stack of papers growing from the to-do’s over quarantine? Get rid of clutter so you can see the beauty in your home. You may be surprised at what you uncover!” —Designer Traci Connell

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4. Embrace your outdoor space

Revel in the warmer weather and make the most of whatever bit of outdoor space you have. Set up a good old-fashioned game of cornhole, which is the perfect activity for socially-distant small group gatherings. Even if you only have room for one board and have to take turns when playing at home, you can also easily take this set on the go to a park or beach.

Buy: 2′ x 3′ PVC Cornhole Board with Carrying Case, $39.99 from Wayfair

Credit: Sarai Reed

5. Do a deep clean

“We celebrate spring at our house with a good, thorough deep cleaning. There is no better way to usher in the warmer weather and sunshine. Crack open the windows, throw your curtains and cushion covers in the wash, dust the baseboards, and light a new candle (preferably floral or citrus-scented). Fresh flowers are also an important way we welcome spring into our home. They’re a beautiful way to bring the outside in.” —Sarai Reed, founder of Apron Saint

6. Get gardening

Looking for a new home project? Why not plant flowers or veggies in your backyard; gardening is such a soothing, affordable hobby that you’ll be able to enjoy all season long. It’s never too late to develop a green thumb, so ahead and grab that trowel!

Buy: Green Hand Trowel, $12 from Urban Outfitters

7. Tackle your textiles

“The simplest way to freshen up your space is to change your soft furnishings, such as decorative pillows, curtains, and other textiles around the home.” —Designer Brenda Danso

8. Say hello to florals

Switch out your daily dishtowels and hang up these seasonal pretties that will make you smile every time you’re in the kitchen. The floral print showcases a variety of colors, so this style should work well no matter your cook space’s color scheme.

Buy: Briony Floral Dish Towel, $18.00 from Anthropologie

9. Bring the outdoors in with plants, real or faux

“Spring is the best time to add plants, as the farmers’ markets are opening up. Also, I love to incorporate fresh or dried florals into our home weekly to add that zen feeling we all need after a long workday.” —Tanika Rottura, Instagrammer

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10. Change Your Bedding

“I discovered awesome Brooklinen cashmere sheets that are so cozy in the winter. In the spring though, I switch it up to either a linen or a percale for a smoother, lighter fiber. I love a bit of glamour, so I like a fur throw in the winter, but in the spring I do a cashmere blanket instead. ” —Designer Peti Lau

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11. Invest in new vases

After all, you’re going to need them for all the fresh flowers you’ll be bringing home! Recycle those generic glass vessels from the florist and opt for a few pieces with personality, such as these darling coral bud vases. Best of all, you can score a set of three for just $6 and put blooms in multiple rooms this way, too!

Buy: Coral Glass Bud Vases, $5.97 for a Set of 3 from World Market

12. Introduce a seasonal smell to your space

“Spring is the time to bring home cherry blossoms, fresh eucalyptus, or forage branches from your walk around the neighborhood. I love the mood of scented candles and freshly baked banana bread or cookies.”—Designer and stylist Ayesha Usman

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13. Hang a wreath

Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays! Add some festivity to your space with beautiful live greenery that will elevate your door, inside or out. I love this pick featuring boxwood and sage as its base with springy touches like amaranth and statice, which provide those pretty pops of blush and cream.

Buy: Spring Amaranth Wreath, $65.00 from Food52

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14. Rock some rattan

“Whether you’re trying to bring boho vibes, a neutral palette, organic elements, or even a bit of global inspiration to your home, cane or rattan seating is the way to go for spring. I’ve seen amazingly-priced cane and rattan benches, stools, and chairs at HomeGoods recently in various styles and shapes that I can’t get enough of.” —Designer Beth Diana Smith

Buy: Made in Indonesia Rattan Stool, $59.99 at HomeGoods stores; similar styles available at Marshall’s.

Credit: Lowe Saddler

15. Switch up your furniture placement

“When I’m ready to start welcoming spring into my apartment, I move furniture and decor everywhere — from room to room or wall to wall. I try to be super flexible. It’s easy to get attached to one arrangement, but once you begin experimenting, the possibilities are endless. You don’t even have to buy new items if you go this route, which is something I especially appreciate because who really has the budget to refurnish their home every season? One of my favorite spring furniture moves so far? I previously had this round table in a corner of my living room, but I dragged it into the kitchen where it feels so much fresher, unexpected, and useful. Now I can work from home right in front of a window and get to enjoy the sun, too.” —Lowe Saddler, Instagrammer and interior stylist

16. Change out your art

“If you’re craving a home decor change for spring, downloadable art prints are an easy way to achieve this without breaking the bank! A vintage or landscape print in beautiful spring colors can bring new life into your space.” Lidia Salazar, Instagrammer and interior stylist

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17. Reframe a few pieces

There’s something about the energy of scalloped designs and springtime that just go hand in hand. This delightful, under $10 frame is one of the most affordable I’ve seen in this style. Try it with a black-and-white photograph or a neutral piece of art to play up its warm tones.

Buy: Scalloped Frame, $7.99 from Etsy

Credit: Jill Howard

18. Replace your rugs

“When the sun starts to warm things up outside, I like to replace my heavy wool rugs for a breezy, casual jute or seagrass rug. It’s a fairly easy swap and instantly lightens up the space. These rugs work in any space, too, from a historical Georgian style home to a charming beach cottage.” —Designer Jill Howard

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19. Belt it out

Create a new springtime-themed playlist featuring your favorite peppy songs that remind you of the time of year — think U2’s “Beautiful Day” or The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun”). Blast the tunes while you make your bed in the morning, get ready for the day, or prep dinner, and you may just notice a pep in your step. Bonus points if you pick up a chic speaker in a springy pastel hue! 

Buy: Crosley Charlotte Speaker, $100.00 from West Elm

Credit: Reema Desai

20. Add a pop of pastel

“I love an excuse to bring pastels and neons into my home, and what better time than spring! Adding bright colors indoors makes you feel renewed and gives you a sense of energy, and this is especially important during the pandemic. Find a cool used piece of furniture and paint it a bright color, paint a wall or architectural element of your home, or even just add a few new throw pillows, books, or pieces of art. I promise those bright colors will instantly brighten your mood.” —Designer Kerra Michele Huerta, founder of Kerra Michele Interiors