Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that deserves a little bit of a spring upgrade! With the start of a new season just a few weeks away, you may wish to switch up some of your home decor to reflect the changing weather and embrace all of the airy spring vibes. What’s the best way to do so? We spoke with 11 interior designers who shared their go-to spring home updates for completing the perfect home refresh.
1. Swap Out Candles
Whether you keep a candle lit during your daily Zoom calls or always light a favorite fragrance as you wind down for the evening, why not switch up your scents in honor of the new season? Designer Adnan Anwar, who swears by this practice, shared a few of his favorite candle picks for spring. “I tend to switch out the musky, cedary, leathery scents for lighter and more herbal ones,” he said. “I especially love garden mint candles.” Designer Leah Phillips agreed. “I switch out those earthy candles for ones that are more floral and bright. I have one called Urban Flower Market that is truly spring in a bottle.”
2. Switch Up Table Linens and Accents
It doesn’t matter if you live solo or share a dining space with four roommates—your kitchen table deserves a little seasonal love! “I’m someone who gets an irrational amount of joy from setting the table for dinner,” designer Emma Beryl commented. “Even if I’m just ordering a pizza, I really enjoy using nice glassware, napkins, and silverware because it makes the end of the day a little more celebratory.” When spring arrives, Beryl grabs delicate glassware and bright linen napkins from her cabinets. She added, “I especially love to use all shades of blue and green in the spring because it relates to the outdoors and the generally verdant feeling of the season.”
3. Add Airy Touches
It’s time to tuck those flannel blankets into storage and embrace lighter accents all around the house. For designer Danielle Muzynoski, that means giving her space a once-over and opting for airy touches all around. “I’ll switch my dark, heavy pottery for a hand-blown glass vase, for example,” Muzynoski shared. “I always change out my coffee table books, so while I had all neutrals out for winter, I might pick out some fun colored covers like pinks and greens for spring. Pillows and blankets will be changed to lighter colors and linen textures.”
4. Shop Your Own Home
You don’t need to purchase a single item in order to transform your space for spring. Designer Ann Flanagan shared a tried-and-true trick that will help add some oomph to your home without breaking the bank. When it’s time for a refresh, Flanagan will sort through a bin of decor she keeps in her basement. “This bin is full of items I love, but not everything I love always has a place,” she explained. “I play around by swapping in pieces and others out. Since I don’t subscribe to trends, most items are classic, and that way my space feels new without having to go shopping.”
5. Opt for Spring-Like Bed Linens
Your winter sheets kept you warm and cozy during the chillier months, but now that spring is here, away they go! “One of the best ways to update your home each season is fresh linens in the bedroom,” designer Kathleen Walsh shared. “I have sets for fall and winter as well as spring and summer. They keep my room interesting and help me transition into a seasonal mindset.”
6. Incorporate Florals
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking (we had to). But no, really, there’s a reason why displaying vases full of fresh flowers is a designer-must. “Adding fresh, colorful flowers like tulips or hydrangeas in the primary rooms of my home makes it smell and look like spring inside and outside,” designer Whitney Durham said. Designer Charli Hantman is partial to emerald green hydrangeas and anemones. “There is something about how delicate they are that makes me forget the cold winter weather and start dreaming of summer,” she stated.
But don’t worry—there’s no need to spend a ton of money during this beautification process. “You can really have fun and get creative with the different colors and varieties of flowers offered at your local deli or supermarket,” designer Jennifer Hunter noted. “No need to get too fancy here!”
Designer Kate Jacobowitz likes to display her fresh flowers in new vases and vessels that she picks up online. “Etsy is such a good source for fun, quirky pottery,” she said. “I love pieces with unusual shapes and color combinations grouped together; they are even interesting enough to stand on their own on days when fresh flowers just aren’t in the cards!”
If you’re more of a plant person, bring on all of the green friends! “I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more indoor plants around the house,” designer Leah Walder noted. “I’m using them as centerpieces, in my bookshelves, and in baskets by the entryway. It really makes our home feel more alive and ready for spring!”