New season, new interiors…Right? We think YES! With the warmer weather comes bright linens, beautiful florals, and fresh air. And if like us you’re a Queenslander, it also means 30-degree weather.
Not only is it important to refresh your home decor when a new season rolls around, but it is also important to do a thorough spring clean. So here are our top styling tips, as well as some spring cleaning tricks you need to try this season!
SPRING STYLING TIPS
EARTHY AND ORGANIC
2020 has truly been the year for indoor plants – but it is now time to level up. Think large scale vertical gardens that make a statement, the bigger the better. Not only do the plants look great, but they can also improve your air quality, boost your mood, and reduce stress.
In terms of furniture, you will want to incorporate raw wood, rattan, and wicker. The use of these materials mixed with muted beachy tones will create a coastal vibe, which is perfect as we enter the warmer months.
Spring is truly the time to inject some colour into your home. If you want something more subtle, opt for soft colours such as blush pink, sage green, and pastels. If you want something bolder, try bright blue – this is super on-trend thanks to Pantone’s colour of the year. Bright yellow is also a great statement colour!
If you just want to keep things fresh and clean, go with white on white. Use different textures and arier fabrics such as sheer curtains and light linens.
DUST OFF THE LINENS
Pack away those thick woolen blankets and throws and opt for lighter, breezy fabrics. This will help eliminate that winter feel and prepare you for the warmer months. Also try to experiment with styling by incorporating different tones of the same colour – for inspiration, check out Bed Threads.
LIVEN UP YOUR OUTDOOR AREAS
With the warmer weather, you will want to start entertaining outdoors. Tie in your indoor interiors to allow for a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors. Create an atmosphere and use the season to your advantage. Flowers are in bloom, plants are thriving and the weather is perfect for outdoor entertaining.
SPRING CLEANING TIPS
While you are revamping your stying pieces, you may as well do a bit of spring cleaning to add to the fresh feel. Here are some low cost and easy spring cleaning hacks that will have your home feeling fresh and ready for the new season (Source: Realestate.com.au)
If you haven’t worn that expensive dress in 12 months, toss it. And if you don’t love that pair of shoes, find them a new home.
Go through your wardrobe and divide your clothing into a keep, donate, and toss piles. Be brutal, this is your chance to start the month fresh.
Window-washing need not be associated with streak marks, smudged spots, and expensive cleaning products. Cleaning your windows is actually one of the easiest spring clean jobs and can make the world of difference.
Using an equal parts vinegar and water mix, simply spray onto the window and wipe clean straight away with a paper towel or lint-free cloth in a horizontal motion.
CLEAR THE CLUTTER
Purchase an additional laundry basket and make a day and time every week where you clear the clutter from desk-tops, benchtops, entrance ways, and bedrooms. Think: Anything that isn’t in the right room, goes into the basket.
Once you’ve gone through the whole house, make sure those items are put back in their rightful spots straight away. It’s a great job for the kids to do for a bit of pocket money.
NATURAL HOME SPRAY
Forget expensive room sprays and chemical disinfectants for surfaces; natural solutions work wonders and make your house smell super fresh. Pop a few drops of concentrated eucalyptus oil in an old spray bottle filled with water and use this to clean surfaces, cooktops, and bathrooms. Just be sure to keep it out of reach of little hands.
LET THERE BE LIGHT!
What if we told you brightening up a room is as simple as giving its lighting fixtures a once-over? Use a damp cloth to gently wipe away any dust build-up, and let that spring feeling in with warm, clean light.
When tackling spring cleaning, think of a top-down approach – do your lights first and finish with skirting boards and floors, that way you aren’t going over what you’ve already done.