Now that spring is here and nature is coming alive, I feel like I’m coming out of hibernation, too! Since we’re all spending more time at home these days, I can’t think of a better way to lift our spirits and celebrate the season than by adding a few fresh touches of spring to our homes.  Whether you prefer to go all out with decorating for spring, or just add a few simple touches here and there, following are some of my favorite spring decor ideas. I had fun putting this list together, and I hope it will spark your imagination and inspire you to bring the beauty of spring into your home as well!

By the way, spring wreaths are probably the easiest way to update your home for the new season–see this post sharing my favorite wreaths for Spring 2020.

Spring Decorating Ideas to Refresh Your Home

1.  Liven things up with plants and flowers

Using fresh flowers to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside is one of the easiest home updates for spring.  Trader Joe’s is my favorite source for beautiful fresh flowers and greenery for our home.  I found these ranunculi at TJ’s right before we were quarantined and they’ve brought so much joy to our home for the past couple of weeks!

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Of course, nothing says spring quite like tulips!

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Since right now fresh flowers are a bit harder to come by, don’t forget the beauty of green and flowering plants!  I especially love white orchids for their easy care, elegance and beauty–even when they aren’t blooming.


 

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Another easy way to brighten up any space is with greenery.  Just a few simple sprigs of eucalyptus can bring so much life and color to a room!

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2. Or go faux

If you don’t have access to fresh flowers or plants right now, then faux is the way to go!  I’m amazed at how real-looking faux plants and flowers are these days. Many give off the same fresh vibe as living plants! Here are a few faux house plants and flowers I love:


 

Faux plants, like the little philodendron shown in the photo below, are perfect for using on shelves, coffee tables and other wood surfaces, because you don’t have to worry about water ruining the wood. 

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3. Refresh your styling

Lightening up the look of your home for the new season can be as simple as making little styling tweaks to coffee and accent tables, shelves, mantel, and countertops.  Even something as simple as a pretty dish towel draped over the sink can add a fresh touch of spring to the kitchen. Anthropologie is my favorite source for pretty dish towels.

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I like to refresh our spaces by finding new ways to use things I already have on hand.  If I don’t like how something looks, I can easily change it by moving things around or borrowing items from another part of the house.

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Some tried & true tips for styling and refreshing surfaces:

  • use stacks of books to raise objects off the surfaces (this one’s easy for me, because we have a lot of books!)
  • combine items in groups of threes–preferably with a tall item, a shorter, more sculptural item, and a horizontal item
  • edit — this is a tough one for me, because I tend to overdo–I’m learning to edit until I achieve a the right look for each space (although I still tend to go back and fiddle with things later)
  • balance hard and soft objects, as well as things with different textures, colors, tones, and styles
  • turn books around to reveal the lighter-colored pages
  • layer–placing some things in front of others and some off to the side–to create more depth and give the space a more natural look.

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Emily Henderson’s book, “Styled,” is a great resource for learning how to freshen up and style the surfaces in your home.

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4.  Update Your Bedding

Spring is all about awakening, so this is the perfect time of year to wake up your bedroom with some new bedding. Or, simply refresh your look by switching out your heavy winter blankets, throws, and pillows with lighter-weight and lighter-toned versions.

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I love white bedding year ’round–but especially in springtime, because it makes our master bedroom and guest bedroom feel fresh and cheerful.  By the way, the hemmed sheets and duvet cover in our guest bedroom are probably the softest bedding I’ve ever encountered.

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5.  Rearrange the furniture

One of the easiest ways to update your home for spring is to rearrange your furniture.  I often forget what a huge difference this simple tweak can make.  Not only does it change the look of your home, it can change the way you live! Whenever I rearrange our living room, we inevitably find ourselves hanging out in here more often.

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Rearranging the furniture only costs a few minutes of time (and maybe a few sore muscles), but it can return dividends in satisfaction, making you fall in love with your home again.

6.  Add a pop of color

When it comes to color composition in your home, you can never go wrong with pairing colors that exist together in nature. 

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For a fresh spring vibe, think about adding lush greens, sky blues, and cloud whites to your spaces.  These nature-inspired hues never fail to bring the feeling of the season inside.  

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7.  Pile on the pillows

Add a fresh look to your sofas, chairs, and beds by bringing in some new pillows–or simply rearranging the ones you already own.  

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If your pillow collection has grown to the point where it’s taking up an embarrassing amount of space in a closet (like mine), think about buying pillow covers from now on and reusing the inserts from pillows you already own.

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8.  Inspire with art

One of the best ways to refresh your home for a new season is with artwork.  I like to keep a variety of pre-matted frames on hand to fill with photos, purchased artwork, and artwork I create. 

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Here are a few pieces of artwork I’m loving lately:


 

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The beautiful ocean photograph in the space above is from Samba to the Sea

9.  Welcome the sun

As the hours of sunshine increase each day, this is the perfect time to replace heavy or dark curtains with white or lighter-colored versions–or remove them altogether until next fall.  I recently replaced the dark blue curtains in our dining room with these off-white curtains, and I’m loving the fresh look they bring to this space!

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Another easy way to let in more glorious sunshine is to raise your window shades higher during the day.  Hopefully, your neighbors won’t mind seeing a bit more of you!

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In the same vein, think about tweaking your artificial lighting sources, too.  Replacing old light fixtures with new ones can give an entirely new look to a room. 

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10.  Don’t forget the patio

The patio is one of my favorite spaces to spruce up for spring.  Adding some outdoor curtains and bringing a few indoor pillows and decorative items outside makes this area feel like an extension of your home.

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Add a few string lights overhead, and a paper lantern or two, and your patio will be ready for spring and summer entertaining.

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I hope these spring decorating ideas reminded you of how fun it can be to bring a touch of this wonderful season to your home.  Stay well, my friends!

xo jane

P.S. For more ideas for updating your home, check out these posts as well:

How to Add a Touch of Modern Coastal Decor to Your Home

All About Blue: How I’m Decorating with the Color of the Year

Easy, Breezy Summer Decorating Ideas

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