With so much to hopefully look forward to after a stressful past year, it’s likely you’ll be turning to a fresh start. And what better way to reset your energy and boost optimism than giving your home a beautiful springtime makeover? Here, Alison Hughes, Interiors Director at Coast Road Furniture, shares her top tips for transforming your house into a happiness haven this season.
Spring is finally here! And with the marking of the new season, comes plenty of positive energy as we look forward to what could hopefully be a more normal summer this year following 12 months of restrictions and lockdowns. Springtime is renowned for being the perfect time of year for a fresh start, and what better way to do this than giving your house a refresh to become a stylish, happy environment for 2021?
Whether you want to completely overhaul your interior theme or are looking to brighten it up to boost your whole family’s mood, there are sure to be touches you can make to suit your budget and style. Here, I’ll be sharing my top five tips for transforming your home into a springtime happiness haven that you’ll love welcoming guests into when you can!
Switch up your colour scheme
If you’ve previously been drawn to a dimmer, industrial theme in your home, and are wanting to give your home a springtime makeover, you’ll want to opt for much brighter colour schemes. These are better at reflecting light, whereas darker colours will absorb it and mean poorer lighting conditions in your home.
If you’re looking for some colour inspiration, beautiful pastels are always popular during the springtime, and with neutral colours like sage, sand, and beige being particularly popular lately, you may want to pick one of these stunning hues to decorate the walls of your home with. Even if you don’t feel like removing your favourite wallpaper or redoing your walls, adding soft furnishings in these tones will add an instant vibrancy to your home, and make it seem much more like a happiness haven than darker tones might.
If you want to incorporate a bolder theme but without going too over the top, having an accent wall in a warming yellow or mid-orange is sure to look lovely, and will certainly be a nod to the summer months ahead.
Separate zones for work and play
With all of us spending more time in the house over the past year, it’s likely what was once spare space has taken on a new role as your home office or the kids’ home learning spot. And with most workplaces still closed for another couple of months, you’ll want to make sure you’re distinguishing between them so that work stress doesn’t follow you around your house after you log off.
One popular way of dividing up specific zones is to switch up the flooring between the areas. So, while you might want practical laminate flooring in your office to easily manoeuvre your chair around, having cosy carpet might be a better choice for your lounge. To stay in keeping with spring trends, I recommend bringing in light, neutral-coloured flooring as it will reflect the natural light the season brings into your home.
If you want the best of both worlds with your flooring, consider using area rugs to divide the spaces up. You could take some inspiration from Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2021 with a vibrant yellow that signals positivity and strength.
Design a space where you can be alone
Being with our families for a majority of the past year has been lovely, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t miss having some alone time to recharge and relax properly. So why not take your spare room to create an area that’s full of all the things you love, and is designed to promote happiness and positivity?
Cool tones like blue, green, and purple are believed to be calming and to hold healing powers, so they make the perfect choice to incorporate into a relaxing space.
Refresh your sleeping environment
Spring is the perfect time to rest and recharge, so you should be prioritising furniture and accessories that allow you to do just that. And what better way to make sure you get enough relaxation time than upgrading your sleeping environment?
Your bed is no doubt your sanctuary, so you want to make sure it’s as comfortable as possible and getting a new mattress might be the first step. According to The Sleep Council, you should be changing your mattress every 7–8 years to make sure it’s supporting you properly. As well as the mattress, you might also want to think about the bedframe itself. If it creaks or feels a bit unstable, you may also want to change this with your mattress.
Embrace the natural world
With the new season comes the start of the more pleasant weather and hopefully plenty of sunshine, and you’ll no doubt want to take advantage of this as much as possible in your home. For the time you can’t spend outdoors, you’ll want to make sure you’re welcoming in as much natural light as possible. As a starting point, you could think about removing any heavy, thick curtains you have and swapping them for neutral linen or voile alternatives to allow maximum light to shine through.
If there are particularly sunny spots in your home, you could set up a relaxing seating area there where you can absorb the sun, which can help to boost your mood. It could even help you sleep better as it’ll increase the amount of melatonin your body produces at night (Healthline).
To truly welcome nature into your home, why not finish off your rooms with some houseplants? Many of these have purifying and dehumidifying properties, so as well as looking great, they can make sure you’ve really got fresh air flowing at all times!
Transform your home into a springtime happiness haven with my top five tips. Whether you choose to completely overhaul your interiors to something brighter, or you focus on inviting natural light in, you’re sure to feel much perkier at home.