Wondering how to seasonally decorate your living spaces without going to too much trouble? Get my best tips for transitioning from winter whites to neutrals, blues, and greens for a spring living room.
My three year old has developed a recent obsession with writing. She sits at the kitchen table while I cook and asks me to spell words like “alligator” and “Nana” so she can write them down. A few days ago, she asked me to spell “window,” and when I began, she asked how to write a “w.” So I told her to start at the top and go down-up-down-up… And she was so very proud of herself when a “w” emerged.
I’d like to apply that same principle today. Readers often compliment me on a seasonally decorated home while confessing that they aren’t sure how to even start doing it themselves. So I was thrilled when Jennifer from Town and Country Living invited me to join in on this Simple Spring Styling Tour… The whole idea is to show a process of how we decorated our spaces for spring. If you are one of those people who loves the idea but isn’t sure where to start, this post is for you.
And if you’re just someone who enjoys pretty spaces, I think you’ll enjoy this, too. 😉
But let’s start at the very beginning… I’m going to go out on a limb here and share a little video I put together documenting how I transitioned our living room from winter to spring. Consider it meta-decorating: a sort of stream-of-consciousness editorial as I decorated our space this year. Before I share it, though, I should say that I like to keep my spring decor pretty subtle: you won’t find any bunnies or eggs or even any cut flowers in this space. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things; they just aren’t the direction I was heading this time. I wanted to give the space a little more color and lighter touches while still keeping it feeling undecorated, if that makes any sense.
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And if you prefer to read than to watch, here are my tips (but I do think it’s helpful to see it in action if you have a moment 😉 ):
This is how the living room began: winter whites and lots of warm textures like fur and wool weaves.
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And this is how I updated it this year…
How to decorate a spring living room:
1. Refresh bookcases, adding seasonal color.
Redecorating bookcases or bookshelves is not something I do every season, but it can be the easiest way to refresh the look of a space.
Even if you don’t rearrange completely, adding a focal color or using new pieces (like this family heirloom I brought in) can draw attention and set the tone in a space.
2. Bring in potted plants.
I love using unexpected containers, like these old copper mugs, for potted plants.
And much longer lasting than cut flowers, potted succulents and greens bring spring to your space all season long!
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3. Use faux greenery in hard-to-reach spots.
I added an adorable little potted plant to the top shelf of my bookcase. Up there, a faux stem from the local craft store is perfect because it requires no care.
4. Trade warm blankets for lightweight throws.
I love these gray and white striped turkish towels I have; they almost always make an appearance in spring and summer in our home. Their lightweight cotton weave is perfect for the warmer months.
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5. Layer with pillows in seasonal colors.
I am a blue girl generally, so adding some pops of blue pillows and trading out some winter whites for true whites was just enough change to satisfy my tastes.
6. Do what works for you.
You may notice that our ottoman is completely bare this year. Why? Because our 9-month-old pulls everything off of it. I think it’s important to serve your family with your decor, not the other way around. I want our home to feel comfortable and welcoming to everyone, and spring touches can add to that, but too much can take away, too. I would like to think that I struck an appropriate balance for our home. And the balance for your home may be different… so do what works for you.
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I hope you found this helpful! And if you have more questions about how to decorate seasonally without going to too much trouble, please don’t hesitate to ask. And pin it for later reference!
Now be sure to visit the other gals who are sharing their spring decorating process with you today!
Monday – Living Rooms
Coming Tuesday – Dining Room
Coming Wednesday – Kitchen
Coming Thursday – Porch/Entryway