Whether you want to add drama with bright cottage florals or soften a look with delicate spring blossoms, decorating with spring colours is a sure-fire way to dust away the winter blues and breathe new and uplifting life into your rooms.
First think about your ideal palette; as always with stylish mother-nature, the typical spring colour shades works well whichever combination you choose, so it’s easy to find a scheme that will wake up your room and suit your taste.
For conventional schemes why not stick to neutral tones in your living room but lift the look with fresh spring greens and washed whites for a gentle contrast? Spring border shades of soft pink, creamy yellow and dewy blue are soothing and pretty choices for bedrooms. Or, for those who prefer vivid looks, more vibrant combinations such as primrose purple, daffodil and woodland bluebell will welcome the new season into your home with cheery spirit.
Pattern can play a big part in spring decorating too as you can use natural motifs in floral, leaf and animal designs to bring bright and breezy comfort and individual character to your decor. Curtains with large-scale blooms will pack a visual punch or a bouquet-covered sofa will make a fabulous focal point and be an inspiration starter for your cheerful scheme.
With furniture, keep the look light and fluid and use materials that won’t distract from gentle colour and pattern; modern light beech pieces will add a Scandi touch, white or eggshell finishes are timeless and elegant, or if you need a little depth opt for warmer tones with oak furniture or flooring.
Lastly, find the right accessories to really set the spring tone – go for objects that share an accent colour to keep the look effortlessly chic and work in specific spring themes like birds and new buds and display plenty of happy flowers to finish off the refreshing look.
Neutral living room with fresh spring greens (above)
Get the linear look with an elegant sofa and tall display cabinet in soft chalky tones set in front of delicate paisley wallpaper, then layer up refreshing lime and earthy toned cushions. Botanical prints and sprays of fresh flowers add interest and seasonal touches.
Calmer than florals, fern prints are the perfect choice if you want to inject classic pattern into a scheme. Start with neutral flooring, upholstery and paintwork, then add wow with an oversized fern-print wallpaper in a zingy green. Teamed with white and yellow accessories, the finished look is super fresh and uplifting.
Get set for spring with a mix of pretty pastels, hyacinth pink and some cheery bird details. This plain oyster backdrop is a perfect shade to lift with pops of spring colour such as green enamel storage and a forget-me-not blue task lamp. Bird motifs are a charming way to add spring character; this decorative wall clock gives the chirpy scheme a fun focal point.
Soft green and petal pink is a pretty combination that carries feminine charm and timeless style. Add a central anchor with a unique and romantic floral upholstered sofa. The large magnolia repeat pattern remains delicate yet sophisticated on the chalky linen background. Pick out the rose tones of the blooms with pretty pink curtains and a matching rug to tie the look together.
Cheer up your dining room with playful and pared-down prints. Mix soft pastel patterns with muted plains. Tablecloths, tea towels and seat pads in different nature-inspired prints freshen this cool blue scheme letting the rustic dining table sing with colour. The striped blind at the window lets the sunshine filter through creating an uplifting and airy atmosphere.
Cottage garden floral prints will add a cheerful lift to your hallway. Open the door to a bright and airy space. Contrast white panels and furniture with a blowsy door curtain and cheery lampshade to bring a sense of the outdoors in from the moment you walk through the door. Classic white wood furniture will keep your look timeless and elegant.
Bird-themed wallpaper in candy colours will make a modern bedroom scheme sing with life. This etched illustrative pattern keeps the busy pattern subtle allowing the simple Scandi-style bed get set for spring with plenty of pink and yellow. Decorative door knobs jazz up the simple retro cabinet that sits perfectly in this laid-back scheme.
Louise Brody Garden Birds, Wallpaperdirect
Maisons Du Mode
Let colourful fabrics take centre stage in a simple yet sophisticated country bedroom. Tongue and groove panelling and weathered wood furniture create the perfect backdrop for colourful Artisan prints. Think woodland charm with richer hues and strong patterns like this charming rustic headboard fabric full of florals, berries and cute creatures.
Colefax and Fowler at Jane Churchill
Put your own twist on the spring colour palette with simple forget-me-not blue and white. Pale blue evokes the freshness of the sky and is said to encourage productivity so where better to use it than a busy kitchen diner? White is a traditional highlight and will balance the look and improve the sense of space. Marry the look together with matching chair covers and roman blinds in fabric filled with pretty iris heads and tulips for an elegant and grown-up finish.
Combine new bud shades and bold pattern to create a bright and inviting spring room. This zesty green sofa sets the scene and is layered with an assortment of different cushions in a mix of bright colours and pattern. Painted wood floors and panelled walls create a cabin inspired backdrop, while a pretty floral rug is a cheerful addition and an ideal finish for this fresh look.