Spring has finally arrived, bringing with it the chance of bluer skies, sunnier days and colourful displays of spring flowers in the garden.

Whilst outside might be looking and feeling brighter, if you feel things still need a boost inside, then here are some practical ideas for bringing a feeling of spring into your home. Traditionally, home owners used the emergence of spring as the perfect opportunity to indulge in spring cleaning – cleaning out all the dust and dirt, tidying things up and creating space for a fresh start. Spring cleaning is still favoured by many people and giving your house a good clean can certainly freshen it up and help give it a more spring like feel.

Clockwise (Starting top left): Orla Kiely – Stem Print Bedding, Nadia Sparham – Banimal Cushion, LSA – Ava Vase, Missoni – Claremont Cushion

But you can also create a spring atmosphere through the careful use of colours and home accessories. Yellow is renowned for being a fresh, zesty colour and is widely associated with spring, thanks to bright yellow daffodils, primroses and other spring flowers. If you find yellow too bright for your taste, then choose a paler cream or neutral colour instead.

Home accessories, such as cushions, are easy to change and update to reflect the seasons. Bright and cheery spring-like colours, such as yellow, green, orange or pink, are ideal, as you’ll find in cushions such as Nadia Sparham’s bolt holes button cushion, couderoy ball cushion or the Missoni multicoloured Claremont cushions. Or, if you like to incorporate a bit of fun into your home, opt for a bright and funky cushion, like this vibrant Banimal design.

Freshly cut flowers are always a great way of adding colour and interest, and it’s no exception with spring flowers. Pop small arrangements of a few stems in a simple clear glass vase, or display large and attractive bouquets of gem coloured flowers in this Florabundance vase.

When you’re thinking about which rooms to invigorate with a new sense of life, then don’t forget the bedroom. Simply updating your duvet cover to a new design can make a real difference and change the look and feel of a room. For fresh new bedding, you can’t beat the spring-like feel of the classic Orla Kiely signature stem print, with its cheery design, or the multi rhododendron print, which uses a similar palette of colours.

April 8th, 2010

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