by Darlene Richert of Avery Lane
It’s common for people to deep clean their entire house come spring, but what about your home décor? Do you still have the same curtains from ten years ago? Or what about throw pillows, art and nick nacks? Simple changes to your home décor can make all the difference in how you feel and the way in which you entertain guests. Spring is the perfect time to get rid of the old and bring in a new chic aesthetic to your home.
Organize and Rearrange
A home can quickly look overdone and cluttered with too much décor displayed. For a spring update, pull all the accessories off tables, shelves, mantles, etc. to create a clean slate to build upon. Challenge yourself to only put back the items you truly love and value (maybe 50%) and place them in rooms where they’ve never lived so you can appreciate them in a new light. Additionally, instead of stacking photos on a console table or mantle, consider creating a gallery wall with matching frames to create less clutter. Lastly, a great rule of thumb to follow when giving your kitchen a refresh is to not have more than five decorative accessories on the countertop/island to maintain a clean and efficient space.
Perk Up your Pillows and Drapes
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to update your home is to buy or make new throw pillows and drapes. Replace the throw pillows on your couch or bed with bright pops of color or a fun pattern – don’t be afraid to mix in a bold print or color, as bold colors and prints are currently a very popular trend. Drapes can often be a dramatic change – luckily, it’s easy to bring home a panel or two and try them out before committing.
Rearrange your Artwork
Spring is the perfect time to say “yes” to a refresh — this can be as easy as moving your favorite art pieces and giving them new life in a different place. Adding a colorful piece of art to a room with neutral tones will instantly brighten up the room and change the mood. Also, reframing beloved artwork can make them suddenly current. If the current frame is ornate and wood, shifting to a streamlined metallic is fresh and chic. If you have young artists in your family, frame numerous pieces in a dramatic formal frame to create a personalized one-of-a-kind gallery wall.
Change Up your Furniture
Now is the time to swap out your dark wood furniture for a lighter, spring-inspired replacement. Try incorporating a bright statement chair or mixing in tones of gray and white to instantly brighten up a room. Lastly, if you know you’re not going to reuse your old furniture, take it to a consignment store and look for a new one-of-a-kind piece to replace it with.
Give Life to Old Furniture and Accessories
Out with the old, in with the new doesn’t always mean you have to get rid of a piece you love! Side tables, wooden chairs, decorative accessories can all be given a new life by simply painting them a fresh new color. This allows you to keep some of the pieces you absolutely love but still giving them a new, updated look.
About the Author
Darlene Richert is the owner and founder of Avery Lane, a high-end consignment boutique that specializes in designer furniture pieces, unique antiques, and fine art items. Featuring furnishings from Scottsdale’s finest homes and estates, Avery Lane offers tasteful vignettes with intriguing artwork and accessories. Avery Lane opened its first and currently the only location along the Greenway-Hayden Loop in Scottsdale in 2012. To learn more, please visit averylanehome.com.