THE START OF SOME­THING WON­DER­FUL Time for a sea­sonal switch

March brings the prom­ise of spring, new be­gin­nings and (whis­per it) glimpses of sun­shine. These sim­ple ideas from the GH ex­perts will give your home a sea­sonal switch and let the light pour in...

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Up­date a neu­tral colour scheme with rain­bow-bright ac­ces­sories, such as cush­ions and throws

Kit­t­is­ford sofa in House Linen Vin­tage Grey, £1,247 as shown, Wil­low & Hall (wil­lowand­hall.co.uk). Throw, £65, Hy­drangea cush­ion, £70, and Long­stock cur­tains, from £90, all John Lewis. Rus­tic Weave rug, from £49.99, Car­petright (car­petright.co.uk)

Make a fo­cal point in a hall by paint­ing your wood­work with a strong ac­cent colour – it will lit­er­ally frame a room

Wall in Lori­ini wall­pa­per in Do­rian, £99 a roll, and wood­work painted in Trum­pet 234 matt emul­sion, £42 for 2.5L, both Lit­tle Greene (lit­tle­greene.com). Find sim­i­lar fur­ni­ture at Ikea and a sim­i­lar lamp at Habi­tat

Oc­ca­sional ta­bles give all sorts of pos­si­bil­i­ties for dis­play­ing favourite ob­jects. A group of tonal vases brim­ming with sea­sonal blooms will trans­form an empty cor­ner

Wire nest of ta­bles, £79, Textured Pot­tery Jug, £35, Medium Pressed Di­a­mond Vase, £25, Om­bre Lantern, £19.50, and Blue Cylin­der Glazed Vase, £19.50, all Marks & Spencer. Achieve a sim­i­lar ef­fect with Mu­rals Wall­pa­per (mu­ral­swall­pa­per.co.uk)

Paint a peg rail and in­vest in a few hand tow­els in your favourite colours - both pretty and use­ful

Tow­els, from £9 each, and bird or­na­ment, £30, all John Lewis

Treat your­self to new plates and oh-so-trendy gold cut­lery to bring a sparkle to your ta­ble

Palm House din­ner plate, £4.25, and pasta bowl, £4.25, both Sains­bury’s Home. Find sim­i­lar cut­lery at Habi­tat

Give a chair a new lease of life with light­weight throws

Bluebell throw (left), £35, Petrol throw (right), £45, Glen­dur­gan Val­ley Banks cush­ion (front), £35, and vel­vet cush­ion (back), £25, all Na­tional Trust (na­tion­al­trust.org.uk)

Group to­gether pot plants to cre­ate an in­door gar­den. When you run out of sur­faces, hang pots from over­head hooks

Wall in As­terid wall­pa­per, £205 a roll, and wood­work and fire­place painted in Flint 236 matt emul­sion, £42 for 2.5L, both Lit­tle Greene (lit­tle­greene.com). Find sim­i­lar fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories at Heal’s (heals.com)

Place a large pot­ted tree or plant in the cor­ner of a room to make a state­ment and bring the out­doors in

Thorn­ton three-seater sofa, £549.99, Martha wing­back chair, £209.99, cof­fee ta­ble, £119.99, Curva floor lamp, £29.99, cush­ions, £11.99 each, and vases, £29.99 for two, all Heart of House at Ar­gos. Find a sim­i­lar plant and pot at Wye­vale Gar­den Cen­tres (wye­vale­gar­den­cen­tres.co.uk)

Open shelves are a stylish way to keep things eas­ily to hand. Stand plates be­hind bowls and mugs to break up a plain wall, and bring it all to life with a fern

Tide din­ner­ware, from £7 for a mug, and ac­ces­sories, from a se­lec­tion, all House of Fraser

Add in­ter­est to a plain wall by paint­ing it two colours – not just one!

Café-style shut­ters, from £208, Cal­i­for­nia Shut­ters (cal­i­for­ni­ashut­ters.co.uk). Find a sim­i­lar bath at Bath­store and sim­i­lar ac­ces­sories at John Lewis.

New bed­li­nen will give your room a to­tally dif­fer­ent feel. Add cush­ions to fin­ish the look

Flo­ral Col­lage du­vet cover, from £39, and ac­ces­sories, from a se­lec­tion, all West Elm (west­elm.co.uk)

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