LIGHTER + BRIGHTER: HOW TO UPDATE DESIGN FOR SPRING
A SPRING DECOR REFRESHER COURSE
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal in nature. The leaves on trees are dewy fresh. Gardens are blooming. It is the perfect time to spruce your home decor. Small changes can make a big difference in design. It’s time to swap out and switch up, with fresh furnishings and a fresh perspective on what you already have. One of the easiest ways to get a stylish modern look in the home is to blend the old and the new, contemporary pieces with antique and vintage ones, the refined with the imperfect. Texture is that thing that creates the depth and dimension in good design. Spring has got texture in abundance. When nature awakens, the outdoors go from bare to blooming in a matter of weeks. And nature is full of the sort of texture that creates good feelings. Our spirits are lifted with the desire to move. Our hearts flutter with the impulse to get going. This is precise what home should be - a place for your soul to thrive. Refreshing your space is a great way to refresh your spirit.
Le Corbusier famously said, "Do as the Berber do: marry imagination to the most recognisable geometry, but define the imagination.” And with that in mind, he showcased Moroccan Berber rugs in his Maison La Roche-Jeanneret and Pavilion de l’Esprit Nouveau.
Rugs to Spruce Decor
You can use rugs to define seating areas, dining areas, and foyers. But rugs can also add an exciting element to kitchens and bathrooms. You can use rugs to create visual variety by choosing different sizes, and staying away from same sized rugs (which can visually cut a room in two). Rugs can be used to create harmony when the rugs compliment each other in style - the last thing you want is the clashing, anxiety producing effect caused by competing patterns and cheap synthetic textures.
Your favorite rug can give you color palette ideas or create a focal point. Alternatively, a freshly introduced rug can tie in your existing colors, if you already have furniture in place. A rug can visually ground or calm a room. Or if needed, it can make a big impact, raising the design to inspiring levels. Changing out the rug and the pillows are two of the easiest ways to update a room for the new season, and as well, to introduce new color trends.
With all of the textile options these days, finding some crisp, gorgeous pillow and rug choices can be fun and exciting. Spring is the perfect time for a custom made Moroccan rug, which allows you to get a very specific feeling for your space, as well as exact sizing, in a timeless design classic.
Spring is the time to transform your home with a lighter and brighter look to match the season and get rid of your winter blahs. This means putting away heavy fabrics and dark accessories. Replace any browns, burgundy, deep jewel tones with pastels. Lighter, brighter shades can easily and inexpensively be added without a ton of cash.
Consider some easy fixes. Paint can instantly change the look and mood of a room. And don’t forget to put plants and fresh flowers at the top of your list of low cost, high impact changes. If you can’t fit them into the budget, forage in the wild for them, or just the local bike trail. Bringing the outdoors in can make a huge difference.
With all of the textile options these days, finding some crisp, gorgeous pillow and rug choices can be fun and exciting. Now is the perfect time for a custom made Moroccan rug, which allows you to get a very specific feeling for your space, as well as exact sizing, in a timeless design classic. A Moroccan beni ourain rug provides that substance, that heightened level of interest for your space without the color commitment. Of course if you want something really specific it’s usually worth it to have custom rugs made.
For pillows, it is highly recommended to go vintage thrift or head to the flea market to curate some second-hand fabrics and make them yourself. The look will be very Danish modern and just so uniquely subtle. 70s style Afghan baby blankets are fairly easy to find, and transform into interesting one of a kind cushions. So do vintage floral sheets. Alternatively, vintage ethnic textiles are a fantastic choice. There are the Moroccan kilim and sabra silk pillows, Thai Hmong hemp pillows, Chinese wedding pillows, Turkish Kilim pillows, Uzbek silk velvet and Ikat pillows. The choice is seemingly endless.
And don’t hesitate to add some blonde wood pieces to your decor, a trend which continues to be popular in new furnishings, perhaps because it can’t help but call to mind visions of cozy beach shacks, sand, and surf. Blonde wood also lends some of that Scandinavian cottage coziness.
Less is more in the Spring and Summer months. And one of the simplest way to spruce up your home is to de-clutter. Pare down your mantel and coffee table. Lighten your shelves. Place the focus on texture rather then stuff.
Update the Accessories
Small changes can have big impact. It doesn’t have to be a costly change. You can enliven and refresh your decor with just a few relatively small switches for very little money.
What’s on the windows can have a big impact on the final look of a room. But beautiful ready made window treatments can be found, and the selection is quite varied. You can find a nice selection of quality fabrics like 100% linen with the known retailers, and if you need a bargain there are stores who cater, offering some good looking compromises between value and quality.
Some new color, fun pattern, size and even texture can be just thing you need for an update.
Lampshades are another element to consider. Switching or updating them can be a simple but effective way to enliven your decor for Spring. It’s all in the details, designers say. Take a look at your table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, and even chandeliers. Some new color, fun pattern, size and even texture can be just thing you need for an update.
Less is more in the Spring and Summer months. And one of the simplest way to spruce up your home is to de-clutter. Pare down your mantel and coffee table. Lighten your shelves. Place the focus on texture rather then stuff. Texture often can go much further in creating a look makes a statement. It can take nice enough room design to inspiring levels.
Replace the heavy accessories with lighter ones like glass. Replace dark colored candles with whites, creams, and ivories. Find a spot for seagrass boxes or mirrors. Keep an eye out for rattan furnishings too. Because there are so many beautiful options out there at the moment. And don’t forget the hardware - the jewelry of a room - which can completely alter the feeling of a space. Consider changing the hardware on cabinets, nightstands, doors, and light switches to a more refined, glamorous, or laid back textural look.
Don’t spend hours trying to match every thing perfectly. Perfection is not in tune with nature. Trying too hard just creates an artificial look. Something to keep in mind when attempting a style overhaul, is start with the rug and take the feeling of the room from there. If bold color frightens you, start with smaller rug and layer the room over time. The beauty of a fresh white canvas is you can add to it slowly, like painting brush strokes. Bit by bit, your room will come together naturally.
It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”
- John Galsorthy