Spring brings with it a much-needed breath of fresh air after the dull winter months. Full of promise, it’s the ideal time to give your home a makeover and create a relaxed and warm atmosphere. If you’re planning to sell, this is even more important! The best news is that you don’t have to break the bank to do it! Here are 7 top tips:
Start with a Spring Clean
The best way to shake off the throes of winter is to give your home a good clean! It may not sound like everybody’s idea of fun, but a spring clean is a great opportunity to start fresh!
Declutter the junk that may have accumulated over the winter months and various festive periods. Pack everything away nicely and give the entire house a good dusting. Cleaning the surfaces, floors, walls and even the ceilings is hard work, but you’ll be glad you did when you’re finished!
Simplify and Reduce
While you’re cleaning your home, think about removing some of the furniture that might be cluttering up your space. It’s well worth opening up your home for spring, creating more space and a lighter, more relaxed atmosphere. If you have heavy rugs, why not take them out this year and see how bare floors look? Simplify the layout of your home by removing some of the furniture that doesn’t have to be there.
Let in the Light
Spring brings longer days and more hours of sunshine. Welcome this warmth into your home and let it spread its positivity throughout.
Try a change of curtains and drapes; shed the thick, dark winter fabrics and replace them with lighter, breezy curtains. Linen or cotton curtains in pale shades are lightweight and allow light into your home while ensuring privacy. Alternatively, add mirrors to rooms that are not that bright and try to declutter or move any furniture that blocks the light—especially around windows.
Out with the Old, in with the New
If you’re looking to really see in spring in style, consider swapping out some of your furniture. Rustic, wooden dining tables, chairs, and benches really set a springtime vibe and are a welcome change from cold metal or glass. Sell that old couch and replace it with a lighter, more delicate model, with a fresher color.
Put Your Green Fingers to Work
Spring marks the beginning of the growing season for a lot of different types of plants. From flowers to vegetables, why not try growing your own from seed? Even if you don’t have a garden, you can grow a huge variety of plants indoors and it’s a real joy to watch their progress. Vegetables such as beans, peppers, and carrots, as well as herbs, are easily grown with a little tender loving care and make a fantastic addition to any kitchen.
For the less green-fingered reader, buy the plants you like best partially or fully grown. Bonsai trees, flowers, and hanging plants liven up any room and create a vibrant, more positive atmosphere. Alternatively, pick flowers from the garden or woods and bring them home with you. As an added bonus, plants also filter the air in your home.
Play with the Palette
Spring is also a great time to hit your home with a splash of color. You can often get away with brighter, bolder colors in those rooms that are hit by sunlight throughout the day. Paler shades may work better in other rooms, but in the end, it’s down to you. Green and yellow are a fantastic springtime combination. If you don’t want to paint the entire room, maybe an accent wall will work for you—or wallpaper?
As an alternative to painting, why not get some new materials for your cushions, bedding, and curtains? New, sunshine-friendly color combinations can totally change the look of your home for a fraction of the price of painting.
As the sun shines, you may feel creativity bubbling within. Making your own decorations and artwork can be a fulfilling activity and they can make your home look great. Pressed flowers and leaves are a simple but effective way of adding a touch of nature to your walls. Alternatively, why not buy something new to brighten up your home? Sculptures and paintings can provide a new focal point in any room.
Spring truly is an exciting time of year and it’s great to have a home that reflects this! Regardless of your budget, there are many ways you can transform your home and leave the cold, dreary winter behind you for another year.