Changing over my home décor for holidays is a process that I love. My eye gets so tired of our home’s interior from season to season. And, the transition to spring décor 2018 has been one of my favorites!
When my kids were small, I favored brightly colored, kid-friendly décor. A riot of inexpensive bunnies and chicks overflowed every surface. I even trimmed a large Easter egg tree for the dining room sideboard.
These days, I favor slightly more sophisticated pieces and a color palette of blush pinks, duck egg blue, and pale green. But, with one child making plans to attend a pricey grad school and one only a sophomore in college, expensive spring décor is out of my budget for the foreseeable future!
In recent years, I’ve solved the problem by getting creative with thrift shop finds, “shopping” my existing decor, and unearthing some remnants of craft projects past. I swap out the rich colors I favor in winter, reinvigorate vignettes by incorporating birds’ nests, robins’ eggs, and spring flowers, and add loads of white ceramic, china and porcelain accents.
Pictured above are some of my favorite spring décor looks. I’ve also compiled a list projects and ideas to get you started:
- White out. White spray paint can completely change the look of inexpensive bunny or chick figurines. Smooth ceramic pieces work best. (Be careful not to drip. Multiple, light coats are far better than one heavy coat for the most professional appearance.)
- Make mine chocolate. Want a “chocolate” bunny or egg for the kitchen windowsill? Simply use brown spray paint on an existing piece. I find that one small colored accent (a pale pink bow, for example) provides a sweet finishing touch.
- Flower power. When using inexpensive artificial flowers, use sparingly and in muted colors for the best effect. A clear glass vase with pussy willow or cotton stalks looks far more natural that vibrantly hued (and obviously faux) daffodils, hyacinths, or peonies.
- Invest in the nest. Articial bird’s nests can be placed on bookcases, windowsills, as part of tablescapes and more. They are reasonably priced at any crafts store.
- Rethink the holiday. I collect lamb figurines, hunting everywhere from thrift stores, to garage sales, to the Goodwill. And, I’ve found that old Christmas crèches are one the best sources. Dig out that crèche, use the lamb in a glass cloche with some green moss — and voila — it’s Easter.
- Printables. I love vintage images, but I don’t want to invest heavily for a piece that may only be on display for a few weeks. My solution is to print vintage, copyright-free images that I source online in a variety of gilt frames. Images from vintage books (available for less than $1 at most thrift stores) are also a wonderful source.
- Shop your cupboards. I found a few pieces of infrequently used pastel Depression Glass I had almost forgotten about. The colors are perfect.
- Set the stage. Gather items of varying height and interest (a vase, candlesticks, a bunny, a nest, some faux eggs) and corral them in a tray or flat basket. Instant spring décor.
Happy spring, everyone!
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