In the southeastern part of the United States, we take our seasons and the gift of entertaining seriously. It’s not called southern hospitality for nothing! We know how to relax and casually engage, yet our living rooms can be quite the showplace. If ever you have graced the floors of this special room, chances are it’s Sunday or you are a guest. Whatever the case, it’s important that at the first sight of spring you give your living room a fresh feeling. This room refresh gives hosts an opportunity to put their best foot forward while warmly welcoming visitors. Here are five ways to simply renew and refresh your space.
Let the Sun Shine
To do numero uno is take down the heavy winter curtains. Dust off the blinds, wash those windows, and let the rays pour in. It’s time for an airy feel and a warm glow, especially as we spring forward with Daylight Savings Time. This can be as expensive or inexpensive as you care to make it. Light sheers or springtime cotton curtains in a color that complements your overall palette are always a good idea. Have fun with fabric dimensions, weight, and colors.
Whether you’re bringing in cuttings straight from your garden or supporting a local florist, guests will feel welcomed by your vibrant and fragrant bouquets.
Changing out accent pillows is a simple way to add an impactful change to most any room. This is your chance to add a pop of color without breaking the bank. Find options that bring out the brighter colors in your living room’s palette. If you need a little inspiration, try Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, and use their palette exploration tool. Spring is a flirty season and in the south, we don’t always play by the rules, so buy big throw pillows, small accent pillows, and mix and match. Explore the combinations that will make your home feel like you.
Nothing says spring like new blooms. Find a few bud vases that speak to you or purchase one large vessel that makes a sincere statement. And then…fill them every chance you get! Whether you’re bringing in cuttings straight from your garden or supporting a local florist, guests will feel welcomed by your vibrant and fragrant bouquets. A touch of nature in the house goes a long way.
Spring cleaning is the time to air out the living room, so prepare to dust, declutter, and purge. In an effort to know if items should stay or go, Marie Kondo might ask if it “sparks joy,” then keep it. Perhaps you will consider this as you purge this spring. Chances are you can permanently remove many items within your home. Cleaning is its own form of decorating for spring.
Displaying your favorite works of art is an important part of designing a home and feeling comfortable in it, but those pieces don’t have to be permanent fixtures in the same spot. Consider moving artwork around your home. Do you have a beloved colorful oil painting in the breakfast room? Move it to the living room for some spring action. When it becomes a conversation piece for visitors, you may find that you enjoy it there even more.
Cleaning is its own form of decorating for spring.
A refresh for spring doesn’t have to involve a complicated renovation project. Choose what you want to focus on and make that your centerpiece, whether it’s new curtains, vases, pillows, or artwork. Whatever you decide, your living room will naturally become a hospitable destination because of who decorated it – you.