Quick & Simple Spring Decorating for your Living Room
Spring is the time to renew, refresh & revive your living room. After the long winter days give a nod to spring with these quick & simple ideas that will give you the feeling of freshness!
Remove those insulated drapes or heavy window treatments and lighten up with light colored drapes, woven blinds, or let the full sunshine in with nothing at all on your windows! You may want to have a roller shade to pull at night if you are not in a private area.
How about your furniture arrangement? Try rearranging furniture so that the conversation area faces your windows, you may get a sneak peek of the robins looking for worms or a newly formed crocus slowly peaking its top out from the snow. Now is also a great time to get your rugs cleaned or better yet, pull out those sisal rugs or rugs with lighter tones, florals or light geometrics might be the answer. Change sofa pillows and throw rugs to lighter, casual colors. Lime greens, oranges, reds, pinks, aquas all look spectacular mixed with chocolates and ivories.
Clear off your fireplace mantle and show simplicity at its finest with a bouquet of tulips, a stack of gardening books, and a bird’s nest nestled under a glass cloche. Mix in a few colored tealight & taper candles for some added sparkle in the evenings. If you are done with your fireplace for the season, clean & empty out the logs and insert a basket of white twigs mixed with white fairy twinkle lights. These are similar to Christmas lights, but have teeny tiny bulbs for a magical effect.
Give your coffee & end tables a fresh look. Remove the stacks of books & clutter and go simple! A floral arrangement on the coffee table and a new spring decorating book or magazine is all you need. Remove the dark shades from your lamps and invest in new, lighter & brighter colored shades. What an easy and affordable way to change the look of those lamps you’ve had forever. Maybe they are in need of a little spray painting. If the base of your lamp is black, try painting them ivory. If they are brass colored, simply prime and paint them a hot new metallic like copper or brushed nickel.
For the top of an entertainment center, I like to place an urn filled with a trailing ivy plant, a stone bird, a birdnest, and a stack of wicker suitcases. If you don’t have wicker suitcases, try using a stack of wicker baskets, picnic baskets, or even a wicker charger propped up with an easel.
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