Calgary Herald

Freshen decor for spring

Bring in all your senses when freshening your decor

- JULIE BEUN

Suddenly, it hits like a gust of wind: that warm, earthy smell of spring that has you (mentally) skipping down the sidewalk and imagining patios, tubs of flowers and barbecues.

But even if we probably face a few more snowflakes before the season really arrives in Calgary, that evocative first smell of spring can stay with you — if you bring it indoors.

“Spring is the time of year when we’re driven to refresh our interiors. We have this pent-up energy. I think it’s really about revitalizi­ng our environmen­t,” says author, award-winning interior designer and Style at Home decorating editor Kimberley Seldon.

While fresh colours and textures in accent pieces are important, she says any decor refresh should start by following your nose. “For an interior to be supremely successful, you want to introduce all five senses,” says Seldon, who recommends choosing a lively, vibrant scent in a stylish room diffuser or essential oil that evokes not only colour, but an emotional response as well.

“You want to create a whole, cohesive approach. Diffusers have a strong initial scent, but they have a way of unobtrusiv­ely blending into a room. When you’re dealing with a perfume product, you want a whisper, not a shout.”

Once a scent is chosen, she says, imagine the shades and patterns it brings to mind.

Applying that colour could mean introducin­g an entirely new design component such as strongly patterned curtains or cushions, but it can also be done inexpensiv­ely by adding a few flashes of colour in vases, flowers or bed linen.

“People are asking for vibrant colour — by the time we’re in April, we’re really craving it.”

 ?? Cole Garside, Postmedia News ?? Author, magazine editor and HGTV show host Kimberley Seldon offers spring home design trends and decorating ideas.
Cole Garside, Postmedia News Author, magazine editor and HGTV show host Kimberley Seldon offers spring home design trends and decorating ideas.

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