3. Conceptualise and accessorise
We started to touch on accessories above, but there’s always more you can do. An unusually shaped breadboard in a kitchen can have quite a big impact, especially when the wood grain is lovely and gnarly. Leave it propped up on a work surface, leaning against a wall and it acts almost as a little piece of art, alive with colour variation and natural texture.
Hand-made mats woven from seagrass or coir can be added into any room and are beautifully rough and imperfect. Or crisp linen tableware can transform the look and feel of a meal, all the more so when you serve using white crockery.
Artwork is another area that should be explored. It’s not just a case of framed photograph or painted scenes, art encompasses decorative accessories, floristry, and even scent. Mix fresh blooms with incredibly life-like, hand-painted flowers, thrown together in a loose arrangement so the finish doesn’t seem overly considered. And don’t just think vases to display them in, tattered pails, upturned lightbulbs (remove the filament and hang with twine), and vintage glass bottles work just as well in these lighter months. Create a picture wall with a common springtime thread running throughout (check out our new monochromatic seascapes so you can see what we mean) for instant seasonality in a creative layout. Also, never ever underestimate the power of an open window. What better way to bring the outdoors in?