Spring decorating is like chicken soup for the soul

wire plant aviaryYou know it is time for spring decorating when the dark cold nights are shorter. Shoots are pushing out of the ground. And you no longer wear jammies around the house the whole day, with one hand in a bag of chips.

With Spring there's a sense of renewal, you cannot but do something good for yourself and your home. I'm not going to tell you to spring clean because I personally dread house cleaning. But I love spring decorating (alright, alright, that includes cleaning, some times).

Here's are some ideas on how to shrug off the icy fingers of winter and set your home and heart ready for spring days and fancy free living.

Throw open the windows
The first thing to do is let Ms Sunshine in and chase away the cold musty smell of winter. Drink your coffee by the open window, just because you can. Spend more time looking at the view, breathing in the new.

Thomas Paul throw pillowsAdd a dash of color
Spring is color in full bloom. Trade heavy, dark curtains for lighter sheer curtains. For Spring, I like shades of aqua or olive because they cast such a crisp fresh color. It's instant lift for a room.

If your throw pillows are looking a little winter worn, change the cases for bright cheerful ones.

These season's greens and floral patterns are calming and very pleasing to the eye. If you want to save some moolah, keep the inserts and just get new covers. Another idea is to wrap the inserts with a bright scraf, knotting them from behind. It freshens the room without costing much.

Pimp your furniture
Usually a new coat of paint is the surest spring decorating makeover. But why limit yourself to walls? A new coat of paint or funky wall decals can be used to spice up dull furniture too.

A cheap alternative, provided you have a steady hand, is to trace a pattern onto the wall or furniture and fill it in with paint. A bold pattern can be your new chic headboard, warm up a dull sidetable or brighten shoe storage languishing in a dark corner.

Add a spring to your walk
Roll away the plush carpet, which was wonderful for winter but seems to drag the spirits down in Spring. Spread out a sisal or cotton rug in earthy hues instead.

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