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get your home spring-ready

For us, the first stirrings of spring means pockets of snowdrops in sheltered spots, swaying daffodils in a cool breeze and mornings that begin with sunlight. It’s perhaps the season we associate most with freshness, tranquillity and a general sense of wellbeing. So why not shape your home into a place where spring can blossom.  In three steps, here’s how.

1.  Dive in. Redecorate
Does one of your rooms need a bit of an update? If so, take the plunge, grab a paintbrush and redecorate. So many colours say spring, from powdered pastels and clean whites to our favourite seasonal pairing: navy with blush pink. And what you choose entirely depends on your personal style and what spring means to you. We like to position ourselves in a sea of colour charts in the room that we’re about to decorate and see which we naturally gravitate towards.

You can go as far as this with you like: paint walls in one colour or a few, expose hidden brickwork, timber-clad a ceiling, stripped floorboards can be painted too (we find Farrow and Ball’s the easiest floor paint to use),  and colour in skirting boards and radiators.

2.  Let’s talk texture
Natural materials and unfinished textures are an easy way to bring a feeling of spring into your home. It’s all about connecting with the great outdoors. A customer asked recently how to make their kitchen and bathroom feel more ‘spring-like’ without much work, and texture was a huge part of our response. Choose heavily textured accessories like imperfectly finished earthenware pots that are full of artisanal appeal. Herbs, botanicals or springtime bulbs work really well stashed inside, and don’t feel obliged to only use herbs in a kitchen; mint and lemon verbena are a superb addition to a washroom. Then there’s wicker. Baskets have a really wholesome texture when they’re woven from natural willow or rattan and they’re just perfect for storing spare bars of soap and face cloths, toilet rolls, and the taller ones are lovely for wooden kitchen utensils.

The trick is to not overwhelm a room with such unfinished looks; it’s too much and it appears very try-hard. Take the rough with the smooth as they say and always try to focus on natural materials.
(For more tips on decorating with texture, check out our how to guide)

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?