Is it just us, or has it felt like the longest winter EVER? After months of cold, dark days, spring is finally in the air and, boy, does it feel good! ☀️
Now that the weather's warming up and the days are lighter and brighter, it's time to get off your bum and shake things up a bit at home. Don't worry, we're not talking about anything too drastic. Just a few easy changes to help you embrace a fresh, spring vibe 🌱
Read on for some simple ideas for a quick and easy update. From decluttering your living room to choosing the best paint colours for spring, we've got you covered…
TIME FOR A SPRING REFRESH
So how do you welcome in spring and cheer yourself up at the same time? Easy.
The answer is to have a little refresh. Nothing too demanding. We're talking a simple declutter and some light cleaning of those areas of the house that might have been overlooked during the winter months 💤
You don't have to go the full Mrs Hinch (as much as we love the Queen of Clean). Instead, we're talking about tackling those 'one day' jobs such washing your pillows, clearing out your food cupboards and cleaning the fridge. Trust us, you'll feel sooo much better once you've ticked those things off your list. And it might even encourage you to cook up a storm with that jar of tahini lurking at the back of the cupboard!
Our next tip is to take a look at your living room with fresh eyes and shift things around a bit. Does that sofa really have to go under the window, or can you try a different layout? Not only will this force you into finally hoovering under the sofa 😉 but moving your furniture around can make you feel like you've got a whole new room ✨
Decluttering is another surefire way to brighten up your home for spring. Clear away any random items left lying around and chuck out anything you no longer need. Being ruthless is the key here. You'll feel so much better once you've had a good old clear out. And you can do someone else a good turn in the process by gifting any decent stuff to your local charity shop 😇
Now that the decks are clear, why not invest in some stylish storage baskets to help keep the shrapnel at bay? We love the Dipped Seagrass Basket from Cox & Cox and the Handwoven Round Palm Leaf Tray from sustainable brand The Danes.
Ready to be a whole new level or organised? Grab a few of these baskets.
NEW SEASON, NEW LOOK
A fresh lick of paint is the perfect way to update your home. Spring is all about fresh green shoots and cheerful floral shades. So how about trying out our new grey green Yard Party alongside pale pink Factor Fifty? Or avocado Home Grown with earthy pink Persipan? These green-and-pink combos are bang on trend and prefect for a fresh spring look 🥑🌸
@swoonworthyblog, we can't get enough! A pink haven using 'Persipan.'
@moedington went for green and gracious in here spare room. 'Home Grown' here.
Continuing the pastel theme, pinks also work really well alongside darker accents in grey or navy. Take Percy, for instance. Our grey baby pink works brilliantly when matched with mid-grey Hooley or navy blue The Establishment. Take the pink across the walls and ceiling and make your windows, doors and architraves pop with the darker shade.
It's big, bold and beautiful. Can only be 'The Establishment.'
Clearly we can't talk about spring without making a nod to yellow. Easter is looming and those fluffy chicks and daffodils will soon be out in full force. Enter stage left: House Points. Our exciting new yellow shade brings a much-needed zing of yellow to your interior 🐥
"We wanted to come up with a deep yellow shade that would work well with our existing colours," says Coat's Lead Colour Consultant, Aaron Markwell. "This golden saffron shade is very saturated which means it pairs really well with our new drab colours, greige Cargo or gentle taupe Margot."
'Cargo' is a newbie on the block. It's the perfect greige. We're obsessed.
As well as pairing perfectly with House Points, Cargo also becomes the perfect backdrop to natural materials such as bamboo, brass and greenery. Slap some teak mid-century furniture in there and you're onto a winner 👍
GLORIOUS SPRING GREENS
Why not freshen things up by bringing some spring-inspired greens into your home? Associated with nature and growth, greens will continue to be big news in interiors throughout 2022.
@apartmentapothocary used our newest green on the block, 'Park Life'.
"It's great to have so many new greens to play with for our colour consultation service," says our Lead Colour Consultant, Aaron Markwell. "Our new sage green Park Life works brilliantly as a base for a bold, maximalist scheme. I would recommend using Park Life for the walls and pairing it with even darker shades such as Brewer or Ditch The Tie for the woodwork."
'Brewer', our COAT x Heal's collab looking stun in @thegreenwoldgaff.
Green-toned neutrals are also a great way to go if you're looking for a less intense vibe. Detox and Kind Regards are the palest kids in our green gang, and they love to make friends with dark accents such as black The Record Store or dark teal Adulting 🥰
If you want a little more oomph on the green front, why not embrace one of our super popular dark greens Nomad or Brewer? Olive green Nomad is crying out to be slapped all over your kitchen cabinets, while dark sage Brewer loves nothing better than wrapping itself around a downstairs loo or narrow hallway to create moody, cosy atmos 😎
A SEASONAL UPDATE
If you don't feel up to a spot of decorating (but remember, it really isn't that hard), you can simply update your home with some seasonal touches. A few, well-chosen accessories will give your gaff an instant spring refresh, plus who doesn't love a bit of shopping? 😁
Swap out wintery cushions for summery options with bright colours and botanical patterns. Our current fave is the V&A Lovebirds Cushion from Arley House which ticks the boxes for floral ✅ and frilly ✅
This ticks all those maximalist boxes. It's not one for the faint hearted.
Faux greenery is a great way to bring the outside in this spring. Neptune and Abigail Aherne have a brilliant range of faux stems that can be plonked in a vase for an instant shot of floral loveliness. The Faux Potted Fern from OKA is also a keeper and certainly looks a lot healthier than the real fern in our office that we keep forgetting to water… 😩
Abigail Aherne range of flowers are beaut. A personal fave right here.
Don't forget about some fragrances to freshen up your home for the new season. Our current crush is the Riviera Bergamot & Mandarin Scented Candle from Oliver Bonas. And we also can't stop sniffing the Bay & Rosemary Earth & Sky candle from Cornish brand St Eval 🌿
If you're feeling creative, you could even go the whole hog and make a spring wreath for your front door (don't forget to paint it in fresh green Home Grown first). Wire some coloured feathers and decorative eggs into a rattan wreath, add in some foliage, and you'll be all set for Easter. Did someone say Mini Eggs?! 😋
Ready to put a spring in your step? Shake things up a bit with some of our carefully curated, planet-friendly paint colours 🌈