We’re at that time of year where the air is fresh and it’s getting warmer. We are coming out of the winter hibernation and opening up and airing out our homes. We see people’s spirits lifting, brighter colours start sneaking in and fresh starts and resolutions are brewing… it’s SPRING!
For us spring is about opening up our homes to friends and family, embracing the fresh outdoors by letting the outside in and refreshing our bodies and minds with the healthy goodness of spring.
In the spirit of Spring inspiration we got our hands on @home’s Spring catalogue of eye candy. It’s a source of beautiful Spring inspiration for the home, and features Pantone’s Spring 2015 colour palette throughout. It’s an ethereal combination of subtle pastels and neutrals combined with the energising brights, typical of the warmer seasons.
We’ve used this inspiration to share with you our 4 fresh start tips for recreating this look in your own home!
Fresh Start Tip 1: The Good Old Spring Clean
Think of spring cleaning as preparing a blank canvas. Pull back the shades and let the rays in. Tackle one room at a time, empty and air out the closets and wipe down those shelves. De-clutter and purge your outdated decor and get rid of unused and threadbare towels, carpets and bed linens to make way for a fresh start. Strip your beds of all linen and replace your mattress cover.
Sort through your kitchen cupboards – get rid of any impractical and unused appliances, crockery, cutlery and tableware.
Now is the time to give your home a coat of fresh paint – go with a neutral white backdrop if you are looking to achieve the spring-fresh feel.
Fresh Start Tip 2 : Anatomy Anew
Now, replace those forgotten towels and linens with fresh ones incorporating the spring colours. It’s the small changes that make a big difference – there’s nothing quite as refreshing as climbing into a freshly made bed or wrapping yourself in a fluffy new towel!
A new rug in a neutral colour forms a good base for the spring fresh room.
Build on your neutral blank canvas with sleek furniture pieces in minimalistic white and wood finishes. Go contemporary or retro. Consider investing in some sleek storage solutions so that you can pack away the winter warmers and minimise clutter. @home has storage solutions for general shelving, bathroom, kitchen storage, and some versatile staples like white weaved baskets that can be used throughout the home.
Clean lines and the “Scandi” aesthetic are key to achieving the modern, spring-fresh look. An easy way to introduce the Scandinavian element is with geometric and wire structures – they make for lean, airy complements to larger, bolder furniture. Modern frames, lamps and hanging lights are an easy way to introduce that simple modern look.
Fresh Start Tip 3: Crisp Colour
You can’t go wrong Pantone’s Spring 2015 colours. This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take center stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times.
There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still. Color choices follow the same minimalistic theme, taking a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.
Introduce pops of spring colours through a clever choice of accessories, linens or accents- perhaps in the form of a happy yellow pendant light or side table. An easy and cost effective way to bring in seasonal trends is to introduce colourful scatter cushion covers, vases, throws – and perhaps most simply to bring fresh flowers into your home.
Again, geometrics play well and botanical prints will bring a soft dimension to all the clean lines. Some of our favourites are the tangerine Zig Zag throw, lemon yellow Illustrated Leaf and Leaf Blue scatter cushions. Introduce a little more character with bold décor like the multi-toned Beehive vase or yellow retro wire bicycle ornament.
Fresh Start Tip 4: Seasonal Entertaining & Eating
Do a kitchen detox – get rid of old appliances and unused cutlery and crockery and make sure your kitchen is equipped with practical appliances. Our kitchen essentials would be a coffee machine and a juicer for those fresh Spring juices.
Take this time to renew your collection of cookware and tools. Revive your table with new crockery (we love @home’s rose gold collection!), earthy dinnerware and crystal clear glassware and your walls with art that ties in with the geometrics and colours.
Take that “fresh start” philosophy all the way from your home to yourself and embrace a healthy seasonal, Spring diet – fresh juices, fruits and produce for a healthier new you. Try this tasty salmon and chickpea recipe!
Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
Have any suggestions of your own? Happy Spring styling, friends!