Welp, it’s been spring for a week, and still no signs of warmer weather, at least up here in Boston. But, since there’s nothing we can do to prod Mother Nature into not being such a ruthless B, we will instead concentrate on things we can control: like our environment indoors.
Take spring cleaning to the next level by sprucing your place up a bit too, and you’ll be so OK with hanging out inside, that before you know it, it will be 65 and sunny.
Without further adieu, here are seven easy and fun ways to spruce up your apartment for spring.
1. Lighten up.
A designer trick to keep your place feeling seasonally appropriate: swap dark or heavy accents for light, bright versions. Think colorful throw pillows, art, and even rugs. If you don’t have a ton of room to store extra decor, try throw pillow covers. They’ll slip onto your existing pillows, and come fall, you can just take them off and stash them in your linen closet.
2. Buy a fixer upper.
Cold weather is the perfect excuse to shop. So head to a local thrift store or vintage shop, and pick out a piece that needs a little TLC. Then, unleash your inner artist and give it a coat of paint, add new hardware, or re-cover ugly cushions. DIY newbie? Head over to LiveLoveDIY for easy instructions on painting furniture, and check out this step-by-step guide to recovering dining chairs from HGTV.
3. Create a gallery wall.
Gallery walls are everywhere, and easier to create than they look. The key to getting one that’s Pinterest-worthy? Planning. Lay out each piece (you can use everything from art, to clocks, to decorative plates, to fabric swatches…basically whatever you want) in an arrangement that looks good before you break out the hammer and nails.
4. Hang a mirror (or several).
Mirrors reflect light around a room to create a sunny space. So at least that’s some way you’ll be taking advantage of the fact that it’s now light out ’til 7, even if it’s not an al fresco dinner quite yet.
5. Add some green.
Plants add life to a room, and will instantly add a dose of spring to your place. We’re currently loving the terrarium trend–there are plenty of places to buy terrarium kits online, and they also make a straightforward DIY project.
6. Switch out your bedding.
Swap your heavy down comforter for something lighter. It’ll be more comfortable when it finally does get warm out, plus, it’s a great excuse to give your bedroom a refresh. We love this lightweight quilt from West Elm.
7. Hang curtains
If something about your space doesn’t feel finished, look at your windows. If they’re bare, then go out and get some curtains. Drapes tie a room together and make it feel complete. Plus, if you hang them just a few inches below your ceiling (no matter where your window starts), like in the photo below, they’ll make the room feel bigger and your ceilings appear higher.