Give your home a spring makeover with these handy tips
Synonymous with images of blossoming plants, picturesque blue skies and a beaming sun, spring is a seasonal favourite and gives you the perfect excuse to jazz up the home as we enter the later months of the year.
If you are looking for inspiration for the creative journey, interior designer Nickolas Gurtler and Oswald Homes and Residential Attitudes interior designer and project manager Joie Stevenson shared their top spring design tips.
While starting with flowers might seem the obvious option, Mr Gurtler said spring delivered the perfect opportunity to experiment with new blossoms and add more talking points to your home.
“There are so many beautiful blooms available and the simplest way to display them is to select one type and arrange them en masse in a glass vessel,” he said.
“A small bunch of something colourful on a bedside table instantly feels fresh and exuberant, whilst a fabulous arrangement in simple vessels will bring new life to a dining table.” With the sun staying out later and the days warming up, Mr Gurtler said now was the time to consider your window treatments.
“Invest in some gentle and lightweight sheer curtains,” he said. “A wall of these gently cascading down is perfect for filtering in soft light whilst adding another layer of texture.
“Hang them underneath your cornice with enough length that they gently kiss the floor for a designer finish.”
Artwork can also add a creative touch to the home, so it could be worth considering moving some pieces into storage and investing in something new. “Do your best to find unique pieces,” Mr Gurtler said. “There are so many amazing local artists and galleries with interesting works available, as well as what is available online.
“Give equal consideration to mirrors and wall sculptures as to paintings and photography.
“Make sure you consider the scale — art that is too small for a wall will look lonely.
“Spring is a time to be playful with your interior — a simple accent chair or pair of ottomans might be the perfect piece to brighten up a bedroom or living space. Consider more sculptural shapes and bold colours when making your selection.”
Ms Stevenson said the introduction of spring influenced the design and look of her home.
“In my house, this means spring cleaning, a rejig of my collectables and a freshen up of spaces to re-energise my home,” she said.
“Clean fresh spaces are what we are after, so be sure to reorganise and declutter your collectables and objects.
“I like to pare back my spaces and remove any objects that don’t quite fit . . . you can always swap them out in the future.”
New blossoms add more talking points.