5 Ways to Instantly Brighten Up a Spring Living Room

5 Ways to Instantly Brighten Up a Spring Living RoomThe living room is the heart of the home—it’s where friends and family gather to relax, socialize or even play. Therefore, it’s essential for setting the home’s overall mood while retaining a welcoming atmosphere. If yours is beginning to feel a little stale, it’s time to reinvigorate the space for the new season!


1) Use Textiles to Try Different Styles
Throw pillows and cushions add colourful accents to the living room, and you can switch them out to effortlessly revise your room’s colour palette and visual temperature. When freshening up for the spring, try introducing cushions with warm colors that aren’t too vibrant or busy. A more relaxed look is perfect for spring, with more energetic accessories for summer.

We love this bird embroidered cushion for its touch of nature; the Hotel Retro cushion cover for its warm, adventurous pattern; and the Destiny feather filled cushion for its charming colour selection.


2) Anchor the Look with Seating
Much like cushions, seating helps to coordinate a room’s colour palette. While chairs, ottomans and benches serve as accents of colour, they also make for great anchors to a room’s look—and you can mix and match styles using cushions and throws, keeping the room’s feel dynamic.

How you approach seating depends on whether your living room skews more casual or formal. For casual rooms, opt for bright colours when it comes to accent seating. A red foldable ottoman is a bright (but unassuming and versatile) example. More formal arrangements might require something like this Sandrine accent chair—neutral, stately and elegant—which is perfect for lounging on lazy, sunny afternoons.


3) Set the Scene on Tabletops and Surfaces
You may change the overall mood of a space with careful consideration to the tchotchkes and table ornaments you use. These little accents should remain seasonal, and spring is a great time to open the space up with touches of whimsy. Switch out photos and art for ones that reflect the time of year, and bedeck surfaces with decor evoking nature.

Collage photo frames make it easy to showcase fun memories and scenic views—and this Edge multi picture frame is an object d’art in itself thanks to its interestingly angular shape. For elegant, gilded natural touches, check out this beautiful feather decor by Bovi Home, or this white and gold pineapple—a traditional sign of welcome.


4) Vary Your Lighting with Different Options
It’s time to brighten up the room! Before we discuss lamps, let’s make one thing clear: you need to let in as much sunlight as possible. Natural light goes a long way to making a room feel bright, fresh and warm. Switch out blackout curtains for something lighter, and let in the sun!

With that out of the way, let’s talk other lighting solutions. When it comes to table lamps, go for ones with attractive colours and shapes. The Iris glass lamp collection, for example, comes in colours both bright and neutral in a smart, modern shape. And don’t be afraid to have fun with things; this LED light in the shape of a star is a unique source, while this Yale collection of lanterns from Bovi Home adds an almost rustic approach to mood lighting in a variety of bright colours.

When choosing lighting solutions, consider how you use your living room. Do you often entertain? Is this a space for solitude relaxation—or maybe even some late-night working or hobby making? Consider whether a strong injection of light or something moodier is most appropriate for your needs.


5) Add Some Life by Going Green
Finally, there’s no better way to reinvent and reinvigorate the living room than to give it some life. With the help of a few cute plants and flowers (hello new cactus collection!), you can really welcome spring into the home—and add a natural fragrance to the air as well.

The cherry blossom is an iconic springtime flower, and you can bring some into your home in a beautiful glass vase. Lily of the valley is another elegant and delicate flower that’s sure to impress. With a couple plants here and there, you’re ready to truly enjoy the season.



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Joe Sutton

Joe is a freelance writer and poet. A total homebody with a love for design, he loves brainstorming ways to transform a space. When not writing or tending to his bonsai, he's probably decorating in The Sims. You can find him on Twitter at @joesutton.

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