Whether you notice a significant change of season where you live, or not, there is undeniably a sense of freshness and optimism that comes with Spring.  The longer days, warmer weather to come, new growth in the garden and a general sense of positivity and optimism… it’s just what we need after another tough year thanks to COVID-19.

I’m passionate about design and believe that your home, and the spaces where you spend most of your time, can have a huge impact on how you feel and help you live a better life. So I’ve put together a list of my 6 favourite (and simple) Spring refresh steps, that will help you rejuvenate your home.

Clean, declutter and organise

If you feel the need for a spring boost then I would argue this step is one of the most impactful ways to improve your mental wellbeing.  It’s also the step that I recommend you start with.

Decluttering and cleaning works at both a physical and emotional level and can do wonders for you and your home.  Take the time to eliminate things that you don’t need any longer and focus on keeping the things that ‘bring you joy’ (thanks Marie Kondo).

Spring Refresh, Simple Step, rejuvenate Clean, declutter and organise.
McMillan Design | North Bondi Project

Move stuff

One of my favourite ways to freshen things up is to move stuff around!  So now that you’ve got rid of the clutter and cleaned things up, consider moving a few things around to help provide a new perspective and shift energy.

I personally love moving my artwork around and hanging pieces in different rooms to create a completely different ambiance.   Consider creating a vignette or changing up existing displays for a fresh look… move around your ornaments, photos, indoor plants and artworks. Keep in mind the calming effect of symmetry or groups of three when you are putting together your display.

Also think about your floor plan as it has both a physical and psychological impact. Think about the flow of a room, consider the outlook or access to the outdoors with the warmer weather approaching, and create spaces that encourage conversation and create joy.

Simple Step, favourite way to refresh move stuff, shelves, decorate, books, ornaments, plants
McMillan Design | North Bondi Project

Light and Bright

One of the biggest mood boosters is sunlight, so where you can bring as much natural light into your home.   Maybe it’s time to ditch those heavy curtains and replace them with soft, linen sheers?  Place mirrors to help reflect natural light into your home and use warm white lighting as it best mimics the glow of sunshine.

Freshening up your walls with a coat of paint is another way to freshen, lighten and brighten your space…  just make sure it’s the right white for your space so that it doesn’t feel too cold and stark. If you want some tips on picking the perfect white for your home, then check out our recent blog here.

Simple Refresh, Simple Step Light and bright, sheers, sunlight, dining table, plants
McMillan Design | North Bondi Project

Add Colour and Texture

Colour is another great way to lift your spirits or provide a sense of calm. Think about the colours that make you feel good - hint: look to your wardrobe to see the colours you enjoy wearing, this may help. Just remember, a little can go a long way when it comes to colour, and small doses can still make a big impact.  Some of the easiest ways to inject some colour into your space is with cushions, throws or even plants.

Textures cue to different moods too, so as we head into warmer months put away the heavier throws and velvet cushions and introduce some natural textures such as linen, jute, timber and rattan to bring on some summery vibes.

Simple Step, add colour and texture. cushions. lamp. couch
McMillan Design | North Bondi Project

Go Green

Not only do fresh plants add life to a space, but they also help purify the air and increase oxygen levels.  They are a great way to bring the outdoors in and create that pop of colour in a room.  Why not pop a lush green plant in a beautiful pot in the corner of your living room, or some trailing plants on a bookcase.

If you don’t have the green-est of thumbs, then a vase of freshly cut leaves or bunch of fresh flowers is a great alternative.  Personally I love to have a pot with a few phalaenopsis orchids on display – they make a great impact and last for weeks (sometimes even months!) without too much attention.

Spring Refresh, Simple Step, Go Green. Rejuvenate Plants, pots, painting
McMillan Design | Double Bay Project

Fresh Scents

Perhaps the finishing touch, and one that is often overlooked - scent!

Smell is a powerful sense so a fresh scent can be a great way to add some happy vibes.  I love to diffuse oils during the day (lemon, grapefruit and orange is one of my fav combinations) and then come evening, I like to light a fragrant candle.   Not only is it a mini ritual that signifies the end of my working day, but the scent is calming and relaxing.

For Spring I like to swap my candles out for a fresher scent like lime, lemongrass or coconut which conjures up relaxed, beach days.

Simple Step, Refresh, Fresh scent, flowers, coffee table
McMillan Design | Wollstonecraft Project

Are you now ready to freshen up your home for Spring and create a relaxed and rejuvinated space?

Remember, you don’t have to make big changes!  Sometimes it’s the smallest of things that can help shift your mood and perspective.

 

I hope you find these 6 simple steps helpful, but of course, if you are looking to refresh your home in a bigger way and would like some design and decorating support, I’d love to chat about working with you.  You can book in for a complimentary 20min Project Planning Call by simply clicking here. Or enquire about working together here and we will be in touch.

 

Anna x