These days, we’re all aching for a change of scenery. Winter is past and spring’s arrival can’t come fast enough. It’s precisely this time of year that we also want a change inside our homes. Trust me, even home accessory retailers take notice of our desire for new surroundings. They actually experience a slight rise in sales during the early spring months. So, what to do during these transitional months? Why not cheer on Mother Nature on and welcome spring into your home! Here are four easy ways:

1. Flowers are obviously the easiest way but, don’t think that you have to get a fresh arrangement from a florist every week.  Get a bunch of tulips from the grocery store and put them in an antique mason jar or an old glass vase.  Want something to last a little longer?  Get a potted daffodil from the garden store and wrap a scrap of burlap around the plastic pot to make it more decorative.  A collection of potted blooming plants will bring a fresh look to any space.

2. ‘It’s just a pillow,’ is a motto around our office, but it is amazing how much pillows can add to a space.  Try switching out your pillows for something brighter – something with a big pattern to bring in a new energy.  They will instantly transform the space!

3. Chotskies, knick knacks, accessories – we all have them.  Switch some of them out for something brighter or just move them around a bit.  Try a different arrangement on the mantle or entry console.  People will notice something is different, but will most likely not know what.  It is an easy and inexpensive way to update a space.

4. A fresh coat of paint – now for some this might be huge.  Don’t stress!  A coat of paint does not cost a lot and can be easily changed.  Try an accent wall – paint the inside of a bookcase – get creative and paint something decorative in the kid’s room.  The sky is really the limit with this one.

Matthew Dickamore is the Creative Director for Denton House Design Studio in Salt Lake City.

Images courtesy of (from top): Cape Race Cultural AdventuresStudio Ten 25Tamar SchechnerRenewal Design BuildCamilla Molders DesignThe Lettered Cottage

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