A spring makeover


Now that spring has officially arrived, it’s a good time to take stock of your surroundings and to kick-start the coming season with a few changes to your home. A spring makeover needn’t be complicated or expensive; in fact, you can transform a room from cosy and cosseting to bright and uplifting in a few simple steps. Changing a room that you use every day will revitalise your home and it will also put a spring in your step, so before you put off doing anything for another year, read our useful tips.

Giving your home both a summer and a winter ‘wardrobe’ that you can alternate from season to season will extend the longevity of your design scheme and breathe new life into your home each spring and autumn. An autumnal palette exudes warmth, from deep red cushions to gentle low-level lighting or the fire crackling away in the hearth. In contrast, a spring living room can showcase a much cooler scheme, both in the colours chosen and the fabrics used.

For example, the Aswathi Cushion Cover is hand-printed with a design inspired by India, in a fresh, bright blue, perfect for an English home. A simple pleated linen lampshade makes the space feel crisp and clean. The Changki Throw is light and intricately patterned, woven with a traditional Nagaland design and perfect for throwing over the back of a sofa or end of a bed. Mixing interior pieces such as these create an end result which is fresh and cheerful where the emphasis is on letting natural light enter and fill the space.

A few more tips to bring in spring

These are just a few of our suggestions to mark the seasonal switch, but there are other steps you can take if you’re inspired to ring the changes:

  • Try lifting rugs to reveal bare floors or swapping rugs between rooms.
  • If you have got a fireplace, remove all the associated paraphernalia (fireguard, log basket etc) to leave a clean and uncluttered surround.
  • Consider rearranging furniture to take advantage of spring and summer light; shift the focus from the fireplace to the windows.
  • Change your room fragrance as you go into spring: smell is so evocative that with a simple shift from warm winter notes to fresh spring florals you can completely transform a person’s experience of a room.
  • Spring clean your windows to let the maximum amount of light in. If it’s not something that you do regularly (and especially if you live in a town or a city) you’ll be surprised at what a difference it can make.
  • Keep faux flower arrangements seasonal; at the start of spring, use Magnolia stems, tulips or cherry blossom, then as the season progresses introduce roses, peonies and other summer favourites.