For several years, I have found myself repeating the same rituals each February in anticipation of spring’s arrival. I pack up and store the remainder of our winter decor and replace it with lighter and brighter spring colors. It is generally a slow and methodical process and definitely doesn’t happen in one day, but I love the clean palette I am left with when the remnants of winter are finally stored and I begin my spring decorating. Today I thought I would give you some tips for how to prepare for spring decorating and start the season with a fresh new look in your home.
5 STEP SPRING PREPARATION CHECKLIST
- Store Winter Bedding and Throw Blankets and Add Lighter, Brighter Fabrics
- Replace Winter Pillows with Lighter Spring Tones
- Remove all Winter Greenery and Get Some House Plants Growing
- Bring in Fresh or Faux Flowers
- Replace Warm Metallics with White or Silver Tones
STEP 1: Store Winter Bedding and Throw Blankets and Add Lighter, Brighter Fabrics
As the weather starts to warm, one of the first things I do is store all of our winter bedding and chunky knit blankets. I wash everything and use zippered, plastic bags to keep them fresh and dust free.
I generally replace flannel sheets with crisp white or floral patterned sets. I also replace our heavyweight down comforters with lighter weight quilts and throw blankets.
STEP 2: Replace Winter Pillows with Lighter Spring Tones
I am always surprised at what a difference just a few pillows make in a room. The transition from warm cozy knit pillows to lightweight linen and floral patterns completely changes the look of a room. I use the same process when I store my winter pillows; giving them a quick spin in the dryer and then zipping them into plastic storage bags.
Our gray velvet living room sofas are dressed for spring with blush pink and soft gray patterned pillows.
I am always surprised by how different our breakfast nook looks with warm winter tones as compared to brighter spring colors.
There is even a difference between using soft linen tones and light blue patterned pillows. Either way the change from warm tones to lighter brighter pillows definitely signals the beginning of a new season.
STEP 3: Remove all Winter Greenery and Get Some House Plants Growing
I generally leave some pine accents around the house after the holidays. Just a few reminders that it is winter, but not the full Christmas decor. In February I pack up the remaining pine trees and accents and store them until the following winter.
This is the time when I begin bringing in fresh greenery and houseplants. Whether fresh or faux, I love the way house plants add life to a room.
STEP 4: Bring in Fresh or Faux Flowers
If you have been following me for any time at all, you know that I adore flowers, and there is no better time than spring to add them to your decor.
Whether fresh or faux, adding some spring color with flowers is the perfect way to brighten up any room.
These faux peonies are among my favorite flowers to bring out at the end of winter.
And beautiful cherry blossoms always add the perfect pop of color.
STEP 5: Replace Warm Metallics with White or Silver Tones
My final tip for how to prepare for spring decorating is to store warm metallics that you may have used in fall and winter and replace them with white or silver accents.
I make this transition in my kitchen and dining room and am always surprised at how fresh and clean everything looks.
All of the bright, silver or white ceramics in my dining room cabinet really add a fresh look to the room.
So that’s it! Simple tips for how to prepare for spring decorating. My best advice is to take it slow and enjoy the transition. Just like spring, it takes time to come into bloom and your decor should be the same!