With March nearly upon us we’ve been looking at ways we can get our home ready for Spring. One room that is often neglected is the main bedroom. Whilst other rooms are more public, the fact that this is probably not used much during the day, and is the least visited room when people come round, can mean it gets overlooked. But when you remember that we spend about one third of our lives asleep, it’s clear that our bedrooms also need a bit of thought and attention. So, here are 6 simple ways to spruce up your bedroom for spring and breathe new life into this important space in your home.
1.Capture the essence of Spring
Bring Nature indoors and give your bedroom an instant refresh. Forage for broken blossom branches, or pick some daffodils or snowdrops from the garden. Pots of white muscari look sweet on a nightstand, and pussy willow stems add some simple elegance.
Now is the perfect time to sort through all that stuff that has piled up over the winter. Heaps of clothes or books, papers that need sorting or mending that you just haven’t got round to doing all serve as a drain on your energy. Shift this by assessing what you really need and what you can let go. Start with the essentials, like your basic wardrobe items, then find the precious books, photographs and other things that make you truly happy. Put these away. Anything else that’s left can probably be given to Goodwill or sold at a yard sale when the weather gets better.
3.Choose a Spring-inspired palette
Soft clouds of dusky pink blossoms, sharp rain showers, green shoots pressing up through the earth and pale yellows all make up Nature’s Springtime palette. Draw inspiration from this and choose similar tones and shades.
If you are keen to do a more radical makeover, work out a palette that will harmonise across the room. Choose the same paint shade for walls and woodwork, then add splashes of muted colour and layers of accessories like soft linen cushions, snuggly wool throws and a few well-chosen, carefully selected trinkets and pictures to stamp your personality on your bedroom.
4.Rotate your wardrobe
While there is still a chill in the air and frosty nights are not uncommon you don’t want to put away all your winter clothes, but there will be some woollies and heavier items that can be stored away now. Make sure that garments are clean and dry before you put them away, and use tissue paper to store delicate items. Seal in secured bags to prevent moth damage. If you put away your lighter clothes and dresses at the end of the summer, now’s the time to get them out. Give them a shake and hang to air, or run them through a quick wash to refresh.
5.Change your curtains
If you use heavy drapes over winter now is the time to get them cleaned and store them away. Instead, opt for linen drapes which add texture and depth to your bedroom, whilst still keeping the warmth in and most of the light out. In a small room pick drapes in a similar colour to the walls to create a unified finish that tricks the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it is.
6.Don’t be afraid of the dark
Whilst Spring is all about lightness and fresh colour, a pop of something darker always looks great in a bedroom. A painting with a black palette, some dark green or grey linen bedlinen, or a print with deep blues all create an introspective, calm feel that’s perfect for the bedroom.
How do you spruce up your bedroom for Spring? Let us know in the comments below.
If you’ve been gripped by the energy of renewal that Spring brings, you may be turning to your home and tackling those areas that are in need of some TLC. Brighter, sunnier days can show up smeary windows that have been curtained off throughout the Winter. Bulky woollies might need to be stored away, leaving space for fresh, lighter clothes. Now that you can throw open the windows those tired corners can get a lick of paint, and heavy drapes can be replaced by lightweight linen curtains. Spring cleaning needed be a massive task – just focussing for 15 minutes on each room can bring some Springtime sparkle into your house, and even the busiest of us can find this small amount of time for some sprucing. To get you inspired, here are 5 Spring cleaning essentials to put the fun back into housework and the beauty back into your cleaning cupboard.
There’s been a definite spring-like smell in the air these past few days. The evenings are stretching a bit longer, the hens are laying more, wild birds are chorusing, bulbs are pushing stems gleefully up through the earth. It’s a time to celebrate spring – renewal and rebirth, so we thought we’d give you 7 simple ways to herald in the new season. So sit back, pour yourself a cup of tea, open a window and drink in the beautiful spring.