Add bursts of bright color, energetic patterns, and lively springtime motifs to your home to effortlessly transition it into spring.
Carve out a sunny nook to refresh and recharge with a mini tabletop greenscape. A tray table makes it easy to move plants near a window's natural light. Place plants that share light and watering needs but vary in texture and color for a fresh spring display in a glass terrarium.
A gallon of paint is among the easiest tools for changing a space. Choose a springtime color, like this room's soft violet, that makes you feel happy; paint an accent wall or the whole room. For a more substantial yet still easy makeover, start with two new accents for the room, such as window treatments, chairs, a light fixture, or a rug. Match a paint color to your new duds, and with just three things, you can have a brand-new room.
Bring a spare birdbath indoors to create living artwork. A shallow model can hold just enough soil to make a pretty display of moss, spring-flowering bulbs, and pussy willow branches. It's the perfect miniature garden to enjoy indoors before your outdoor landscape blooms.
Refresh a spare dresser, console, or nightstand with a fun ombre paint effect. Vary the brightness of a soft spring paint shade by mixing in different amounts of white paint. Apply the lightest shade to the top of your furniture piece, and gradually work down to the darkest shade.
Sometimes all you need to update a room for a new season is a fresh window treatment. Use a pretty, floral-pattern Roman shade to turn a window into a work of art.
Inject pattern into a room with wallpaper for a fresh and easy update. Peel-and-stick options make the job easier, and removable wallpaper makes changes a cinch later on.
A simple pair of floral panels moves with little effort and filters light. Lest you think sheers come only in plain white, check out today's options, including pretty pale colors and punchy patterns such as the floral shown here. Curtain clips make it easy to hang and replace later.
Evoking tabletop conservatories of old, a pretty wooden birdcage makes a fanciful three-dimensional frame for a seasonal display. Set an upbeat mood in an entry with a vibrant-color cage holding a feather nest and faux eggs or a small flower arrangement.
Tip the style scale on a basic living room by updating an existing rug with a dose of notched-up pastels. Use painter's tape on an inexpensive sisal rug to create clean outlines of your desired geometric pattern. Apply interior latex paint with a paintbrush or foam roller.
Ready-made carved ceiling rosettes make an impressive eye-level wall display. Painted in graduated shades of yellow, the disks add style to a living room. Made of urethane and available at most home centers for less than $50, they are lightweight and easy to hang.
A vintage wire egg basket is the perfect starting point to create a distinctive light fixture. Look for a basket with an interesting pattern and a hole in the bottom for wiring. To fashion a shade, cut a strip of sheer fabric to the length and width of the inside of the basket, plus 1 inch for finishing. Sew the strip into a tube, and stitch or glue to finish the top and bottom edges. Tie the shade to the basket using twine and a large embroidery needle. Hot-glue a small twig nest to the handle for a sweet touch.
A collection of eggcups lined up in rows makes an attractive organizing tool on a desk. Fill the cups with small desk needs such as paper clips and stamps, cut flowers, or hard candies.
Turn inexpensive coasters into graphic wall art. Tape pretty letterpress coasters to colorful cardstock and display in ready-made frames. Create a shadowbox effect with a thick round coaster in a crisp square frame. For a more traditional look, add a precut mat.