Have buck­ets of fun this Easter

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This year’s trends – fresh-as­paint pas­tels or more vi­brant hues, from bright greens to daf­fodil yel­lows – are per­fect for spring schemes and make a home look suit­ably dressed for the oc­ca­sion.

Avoid over-elab­o­rate dis­plays and opt for sim­ple, stylish touches. Skandi homes are known for their pared­back good looks, and their tra­di­tional ta­ble-top trees, hung with pretty eggs, are worth adopt­ing. Re­lease your in­ner child and paint those your­self, or let the kids loose with some dye or paints. Add a wreath, a ta­ble dressed with flow­ers, and per­haps a scat­ter­ing of hen, chick or bunny-dec­o­rated table­ware and ac­ces­sories, and you’re there.

It’s all about set­ting the scene and en­hanc­ing a spe­cial fam­ily oc­ca­sion, whether it’s a brunch, a lunch or an egg hunt and choco­late-fest. There’s a whole Easter pa­rade of decor de­lights to choose from, so sim­ply take your pick and get crack­ing!

Choose a cou­ple of key points in the home to dec­o­rate - whether in­doors or out.

“Fill a vase with branches of spring blos­som and dec­o­rate with choco­late or blown eggs and tiny ar­ti­fi­cial birds, for a mag­i­cal state­ment which will have chil­dren trans­fixed,” says Jenny Hur­ran, founder of Out There In­te­ri­ors.

“For a full-on Easter vibe, hang coloured eggs from a chan­de­lier and a string of eggs at each win­dow. Use a man­tel for a dis­play with ‘cutesy’ porce­lain or­na­ments, posies in tea-cups and propped up pas­tel prints - if you ever needed an ex­cuse to be ‘girly’, Easter is it!

If the weather’s good, dec­o­rate out­side shrubs or trees by hang­ing fake eggs from their branches, which could be clues in the egg hunt.”

Eat­ing to­gether is one of the plea­sures of the day, so make the ta­ble a fo­cus with a suit­able Easter theme.

“A fresh, out­doorsy-look is per­fect for this sea­son, and green, lemon yel­low and lime tones, with a splash of blue here and there, work well,” says Alison Cork, founder of Alison At Home.

“If you love zingy colour, use an ap­ple green cloth or run­ner, and cit­rus yel­low and lime de­tails, such as cut­lery tied with lime rib­bon bows, more lime and yel­low plaited rib­bon ty­ing name la­bels to each chair, and small glass jars packed with daf­fodil heads at ev­ery place set­ting.”

Patch­work fab­ric Easter egg, £2, www.tch.net

Fret­work throw used as table­cloth, £195, okadi­rect.com

John Lewis has a ready-made egg bas­ket

dec­o­ra­tion, £3.50

Coun­try meadow Easter wreath, £30, looks so pretty you won’t want to take it down af­ter the hol­i­day. By Gisela Gra­ham at www. tch.net

Hand-painted flo­ral glass eggs, £5 each, John Lewis

Green speck­led egg trunk, £170, Milly Green.

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