What are three ways to breathe Spring into your home if you have a tight budget and limited space? Here are three tips that I used before a “Welcome Spring” dinner party on Friday and to refresh before a work week.
|Photo Credit: SmartyGirl’s Apartment|
1. Choose a seasonal and trendy color for “softening the lines”. Softening the lines is a phrase I borrow from home decor expert, Susie Cotelho. Use throws, damask tablecloths, and textured pillows to add coziness to your living space.
Since green makes formal decor less “rigid” and more welcoming, I decided that yellow-green would be best for my apartment with built-in traditional architectural detail such as ornate floral crown moulding. I discarded my midnight blue decorative pillows, that I used on my beige loveseat, since fall. They smelled funky by now and they were not washable. Where did I get my new green pinstripe pillows? I window shopped at Cost Plus Market but pillows were over $20 so I found a bargain at Ross for $7. In addition, I removed all fall and winter colors from them one bedroom apartment. This meant that I folded away the dark brown throws, dark jewel blues and wine reds. I replaced them with spring green footstools and soft mossy throws that I had saved from last year.
2. Adopt a “bookscape” for an uncluttered Zen look on shelves. Southern Accents blog recommends stacking your books loosely in some spaces and snugly in others. Other home decor DIY sites suggest the same and endorse breaking up the visual landscape of your bookcase with personal artifacts such as trinkets collected from your travels or fave framed photos. This will give the viewer of your home a sense that the books are part of the harmony of your home and the serenity of your lifestyle.
|Photo Credit: SmartyGirl’s Pinecones and Acorns|
3. Bring the outdoors indoors. I admit that when I stroll I pick up stray acorns and pinecones. These lovely natural accents keep well without special storage and help create a tranquil appearance in your apartment. For example, I place wax covered LED candles in a decorative shell tray with my natural decor. This is one of many ways to apply contemporary principles of home decorating according to Zen ideas of bringing symbols of forest, fire, earth and water into each living space.