Maybe it’s not time to toss the heavy blankets or seal up the fireplace quite yet, but believe it or not, spring is on its way. According to our experts, there are plenty of small ways you can create a greener, livelier vibe that screams "spring" while you wait for the warm weather to officially arrive.
Here are some decorating ideas and suggestions from some of our favorite design pros. We can feel the sun and spring breeze coming through the windows already.
Focus on the Details
Transitioning into spring is all in the details, according to designer Bria Hammel. Swapping out pillows, candle scents, and artwork can sometimes be all it takes to make a room feel refreshed.
“In the winter, we focus on texture and moodier colors for our textiles and so in the spring, we like to incorporate lighter, brighter hues with pops of color," Hammel says.
Chaya Krinsky of TOV Furniture agrees, noting that adding more color through smaller details is one way to go.
“It can be through any type of accessory, but just adding in a fresh new color that moves your space away from the winter holiday decor will be really impactful," she says. "You can do this with anything, from a stack of colorful books, to adding in colored throw pillows.”
Play with Florals
Most designers agree that florals are a springtime must-have, but that doesn’t mean you need to go with the same old, same old. In fact, it can be fun to use florals for some cutting-edge pattern mixing.
“There’s a suggestion that floral patterns should only be used in a traditional context,” designer Benji Lewis says. “Taking a traditional floral design and putting it onto a contemporary sofa or chaise. It is a brilliant way of shaking up the formula.”
Bring in the Live Plants
While winter florals and evergreen wreaths are a great way to add life to your space in the colder months, now is the time to go all-in on greenery.
“Houseplants are an easy way to instantly transform your space and take it up a notch," Ivy Moliver, founder of the California brand Ivy Cove, says. "Elevate your plants with a chic leather or hanging planter for added elegance to any room."
Make a Color Change
The best way to brighten up a room for spring is to incorporate colors you might not have had on display in the colder months. While this winter was all about moody tones and heavy fabrics, Hammel says spring is the time to go light, bright, and airy.
"We love beige, sage, dusty pink, and soft blues,” Hammel tells us. “For patterns and fabrics, think small florals, windowpane plaids, and pinstripes in linen and cotton.”
Jennifer Matthews, the co-founder and CCO of Tempaper & Co agrees, noting that these tones paired with anything nature-inspired will give your room an instant spring lift.
“One simple way to transition your home to spring is bringing nature in with color and prints inspired by the natural world,” Matthews says. “Integrate botanical or woodland motifs, stone, and other organic textures to create a sense of the organic influence.”
Slipcovers might seem like a dated trend, but L.A.-based designer Jake Arnold says that’s a total misnomer. In fact, they’re a great way to place with your fabrics without splurging on new furniture.
“Get creative with upholstery,” Arnold says. “Slipcovers are a great way to transform your space without investing in new furniture. You can add them to sofas, sectionals, and chairs to bring in new textures or colorways to a space.”
Upgrade Your Creature Comforts
One of the first things you should do ahead of the warmer weather is to make sure your self-care can keep up with the transition. Arnold notes that a great place to start a spring transition is in your bedroom. Winter bedding can easily get swapped for lighter linen or cotton, and a heavy duvet can be changed out for a lighter throw.
"This still allows for that layered luxe look we love in a bedroom," Arnold says.
Sebastian Brauer, SVP of product design for Crate & Barrel, agrees, noting that the bathroom is another great place to make little updates. “Other small changes, like changing bath towels and even the scent of your home to something botanical, make it feel like spring,” Brauer says.
Don’t Forget the Kitchen
A lot of spring transitions focus on soft goods in places like your living room and bedroom, but Brauer says that your kitchen is a great place to start.
“We like subtle additions of natural tones to give spaces throughout the whole home a spring refresh,” Brauer says. “This can be as simple as adding colorful cookware in the kitchen or linen tableware and neutral dinnerware in the dining area.”
Andi Morse of Morse Design agrees, noting that her favorite way to incorporate spring into her cooking space is incredibly simple. “Keeping fresh seasonal fruit out on the counter brings lots of spring colors into your kitchen,” she says. “Adding fresh flowers does the same thing to your kitchen, bedroom, or any other room in your home. The flowers also add the scent of spring inside, too.”
Make a Rug Swap
Smaller details are great, but Krinsky says that there’s one easy but effective way to overhaul a whole room. Rugs instantly shift the feeling of a room and can take it from cozy to fresh for spring.
Buying a new rug for every room can be costly and overwhelming, so Krinsky has a tip. “Whichever room you use most is the room I would suggest transitioning," she says. "If that’s your living room then focus your attention there. I do always think a bedroom refresh for the season is nice.”
Brauer agrees, noting that in living spaces, a simple rug swap that brings in natural fibers makes for a smooth, seasonal transition.
Declutter, Re-Organize, and Refresh
If adding anything new to your space isn’t feasible, don’t despair. Morse tells us there’s one major way you can upgrade your home—and it doesn’t require adding a thing. In fact, it’s the complete opposite.
“Honestly, cleaning my house is the first thing I do to transition to a new season,” Morse says. “I associate that fresh linen smell with springtime, and that's the scent I get when I clean.”