Spring is the perfect time to give your home an inexpensive refresh to make the inside feel as light, airy, and colorful as the world outside.
We spoke to Brandi Renee Day of Brandi Renee Designs to get her tips and tricks for simple things you can do to effortlessly transition your home from winter to spring without breaking the bank. Read on for her financially friendly ideas.
Take a Picture of Your Room
“You don’t see your room the way other people see your room,” Brandi explains. “You’re so used to it that you won’t see what’s wrong with it, what’s missing, or what’s lacking color.” She suggests taking pictures from several angles, as that will help you immediately see where you can make changes.
Eliminate Anything That Screams “Winter”
“Lighten the room up by removing winter items,” Brandi says. She recommends you look for items that have a lot of weight, like throws and pillows, and putting those in storage until next fall. While you’re at it, get rid of anything in the room that’s unnecessary whether it’s stack of magazines you haven’t read or clutter you let build up during the colder months.
Take Down Heavy Curtains
“It’s simple, but replacing heavy curtains with sheers or a light fabric is a simple way to make a big change in a room,” Brandi says. “Light and airy curtains are usually not expensive and they can be a really lovely look, especially for a bedroom.”
Create Art with Paint and Picture Frames
Metallics like gold, silver, and copper are really popular right now, but Brandi says you don’t need to run out and by new art or accent pieces if that’s something you want to incorporate into your interior design. “There’s a product called Rub ‘n Buff that you can get at most craft stores and you can rub it onto almost any surface and then buff to a luster.”
One of her favorite projects is to use the same color Rub ‘n Buff on empty frames of different shapes and sizes and hang them on the wall so that the frames become the art. If you want, she says you can then add pops of color by adding smaller floating canvases or textured pieces throughout.
Use Paint to Add Color
“Paint is so inexpensive,” Brandi says. “Look around and see where you can use paint to add a little bit of color.” If you’re not willing to commit to an entire wall, you can all use to freshen up a vase, bookshelf, or table. “If you have a metal piece, try paining it a different color; it doesn’t have to be black iron, it can be blue or orange!”
Bring the Outdoors Inside
“Now is the time to buy or cut fresh flowers and put them around your home,” Brandi says. “It’s a small thing, but it’s an impactful thing because it makes you feel special.”
Check Your Lampshades
“Lighting is so important,” Brandi says. “Are the shades on your lamps nice and bright white or are they dirty? We tend to look at these things every day and not notice.”
Switch Up Your Bedding
Brandi suggests ditching the heavy blankets and busy bedding in lieu of a white comforter with colorful pillows. “It will transform the bedroom and make it feel fresh.”
Add Pops of Color with Outdoor Furniture and Décor
“Anything designed for the outdoors is usually much more affordable and often very colorful,” Brandi says. Bringing that stuff inside is a great way to brighten things up without spending a ton of money. It can be as simple as getting fun pillows or even switching out an end table for a colorful ceramic stone table that’s meant to live on a patio. “It adds a great pop of color and instantly changes the feel of the room.”
Don’t Forget Your Entryway
“The entryway is an area where you can get more creative with art because it doesn’t have to match anything.” This is another place where she suggests using outdoor décor and art because they tend to be less expensive.
Brandi Renee Day is an interior designer and the owner of Brandi Renee Designs in the Dallas Fort-Wroth and Arlington, Texas area. She says there is nothing more satisfying than when a home is transformed into a space a client loves. You can find her on her website and Thumbtack.