Spring Design Trends for the Home, Minimalism Tips, and More!
Home Decor Ideas for Spring
|Spring is (almost) here! To prepare for the warmer, sunnier days ahead, there are several ways to outfit your home for the season, whether you simply want to add a few new pieces of décor or you’re up for tackling a DIY project like open shelving.
With all the time we’re spending at home these days, these home decor ideas for spring are sure to brighten up your space!
Add Pops of Color: Spring is the best time to add bold, bright pops of color, whether it’s by painting an accent wall magenta or adding yellow throw pillows to your couch.
Incorporate Floral Prints: Floral prints make a space come to life! Add floral in the form of wallpaper, bed sheet, art prints, etc.
Add Clear Acrylic Accents: Clear acrylic furniture pieces, like chairs and coffee tables, look almost invisible, which significantly opens up and lightens up your space.
Use Pastel Hues: Pastel isn’t just for Easter eggs! Add calming, cheerful pastel hues to your home, like baby blue, lilac, mint green and coral.
Add Open Shelving: Open up your kitchen by installing open shelving. Make it stand out by displaying colorful glassware on the shelves!
Incorporate the Pantone Colors of the Year: The Pantone Colors of the Year for 2021 are Ultimate Gray and Illuminating — a grounding gray and a bright, cheerful yellow. Incorporate them by painting an accent wall or adding pieces of décor.
Paint Two-Tone Cabinets: You don’t need an entire renovation to transform your kitchen. Consider painting your bottom cabinets a bold, happy color and the top cabinets white!
Hang Statement Mirrors: Mirrors can reflect light and give the illusion of a larger space. Consider adding an oversized statement mirror to your living space.
Add Houseplants + Fresh Flowers: Bring the outdoors in by getting some new houseplants and keeping a rotation of fresh bouquets of flowers on your dining table all season long.
Homeowner Tip of the Month: Install Gutter Guards to Keep Debris Out of Your Gutters
Now is a great time to clean out those gutters! If you don’t want to do so ever again, consider installing gutter guards to keep twigs, leaves and other debris from clogging up your gutters, while still allowing rainwater to flow through. Gutter guards are sold at most home improvement stores and are fairly easy to install — as long as you have a ladder and some basic power tools!
Tips for Starting Your Minimalism Journey
The term “minimalism” has taken the world by storm — especially in the last couple of years. Not only does it refer to the design style focused on massive forms, stark contrast and sharp lines revolutionized in the ‘50s, but the word also encompasses a simple lifestyle. One where you clear away the clutter to add space — in both your mind and your home. This “less is more” way of life encourages us to pare down our belongings to what’s true essential — inspiring us to declutter our closets, drawers, cabinets, shelves and garages.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of minimalism, here are a few ways to start living with less! It’s much simpler than you might think — pun intended.
Get Inspired by Other Minimalists: One of the best ways to kickstart your minimalism journey is by looking to those who have already implemented minimalistic practices in their life. Watch Minimalism, Less Is Now or Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix! Or pick up a book, read a blog post, or watch a YouTube video on the topic. Understanding the “why” behind minimalism is often more important than the “how to.”
Create a Clear System: Create three piles (or boxes) for items you want to keep, donate and toss — and a “sell” pile for those higher value items, if you’d like. You can also create a “maybe” pile, if you’d like to move through the clutter a bit faster.
Start with the Easiest Categories: Starting the decluttering process with your sentimental items is a recipe for disaster. Start with the easiest categories, like clothing, sports gear or kitchen accessories, to slowly build up momentum.
Declutter by Category, Not by Room: Pile up “like” items — even if they’re from different spaces in your home — to see exactly what you’re working with. You are better able to see duplicates or excess of one particular item/category if you see it all in one place!
Hold Yourself Accountable: Stay motivated to pare down your belongings (and keep clutter out of your home!) by asking a friend or family member to hold you accountable. You can challenge each other to get rid of a certain number of belongings on a daily or weekly basis!
Remove Items From Your Home Right Away: Make a plan to physically remove your “donate” or “sell” items from your home right away. This ensures that you remain committed to getting rid of them — and gives the instant gratification of a simple, calming space!