As we slowly leave behind the shady days and hibernation of winter, it is the perfect time to focus on spring decor ideas, and how you can give your home a joyful refresh for the season.
Color, pattern, and lightness of materials are some of the key decorating ideas to focus on for spring decor ideas. Introducing floral and botanical prints, as well as styling with plenty of fresh foliage and beautiful spring flowers is also important, establishing a synergy between the inside and out.
We've spoken to the experts for their top interior design tips for bringing a springtime feel to your home decor. From simple accessory additions to transforming a feature wall, start your interior seasonal shift with our collection of spring decor ideas.
Spring decor ideas
As the days become longer and brighter and we start to spend more time outdoors, springtime often marks a change in mood and comes with feelings of renewal, happiness, and vitality.
Spring decor ideas often reflect these seasonal changes through palettes of bright colors and inspiration from the natural world, with a space filled with uplifting patterns and prints.
Don't forget about summer decor ideas, as many of your chosen spring decor designs can go on to work in harmony with these, too.
1. Style a spring tablescape
Just like festive tablescaping, a spring tablescape can be a beautiful way to celebrate the season with friends and family when dining both inside and alfresco, establishing a unique, stylish, and inviting atmosphere around your dining table.
Clotilde Passalacqua, interior design manager at IKEA says, 'a pastel palette makes a great base for creating a fresh, energetic finish. For a modern take on an Easter tablescape, incorporate relaxed and tactile layers – add textured glass or natural accents for an elegant look, and if you want a memorable setting, consider adding personalized accents like place cards or flower arrangements to your table.'
Explore our list below of some of the things you can use to create a stand-out spring tablescape:
- A colorful tablecloth, such as the Wildflower Garden Tablecloth shown above
- Napkins, a large selection available at Anthropologie
- Napkin holders, such as these Woven Napkin Rings from Columbia Collective
- Placemats, shop the bestselling handwoven placemats at Pottery Barn
- Cutlery, kitchenware and glassware, explore at West Elm
- Candles and candleholders, shop at Etsy
- Vases of flowers or potted plants, shop faux flower centerpieces at Nearly Natural
- Place settings, such as these personalized place cards from Zazzle
- Table gifts (chocolates and sweets can be great for an Easter table)
2. Decorate your front door with a spring wreath
Spring is a season deeply associated with new life and beautiful blooming flowers, as many of our favorite florals come back in season, so why not mark the return of your favorite flowers with a pretty spring wreath? You can also take it one step further and design a pretty springtime picture scene to display on your door, as shown above.
Andréa Childs, Editor of Country Homes & Interiors says, 'blossoms and bulbs can be fleeting, so I love to capture their beauty in a spring wreath. It's a way to display the growth of the season in a decoration you can see every day, especially if you use one for spring door decor to bring brightness and cheer to the front of your home.
My secret to a long-lasting spring wreath is:
- Use a mix of living bulbs that gradually grow and open out to beautifully scented blooms – hyacinth and dwarf narcissi are great choices.
- Add fresh foliage, branches of blossom and flowers picked from the garden or picked up at the flower shop – bunches of daffodils are really affordable.
- Weave these into the wreath, then swap them out when they begin to wilt as your bulbs will still be going strong.
- When the bulbs have had their day, plant them in the garden where they can bloom again next year.'
3. Swap over your soft furnishings
A quick, easy and inexpensive way you can transform a room to feel fresh and colorful for spring is to style your space with new soft furnishings, such as pillows, cushions, blankets and throws.
Mary Jo Major, founder and principal designer at Rise Interiors explains, 'you can never go wrong with floral pillows or pillows that have brighter colors than you normally have out. For a big impact, switching up one or two pillows with pops of pink or patterns that pull from nature to automatically make the room feel different for springtime.'
When styling your soft accessories for springtime, Molly Mahon advises, 'I find a room full of textures, layers and colors exciting and uplifting and for this reason, I love to mix, match & pile my cushions high. As a guide, the best-sized cushions are 50x50cm for sofas, 60x40cm for beds, and small little frillies for armchairs and gifts.'
Reserve soft furnishings in thicker, cozier materials for winter and use lighter materials with brighter color palettes or floral and botanical printed designs for spring.
4. Create a fun Easter display
Lots of us associate spring with the religious holiday of Easter. A time to get together with friends and family, with many of us exchanging chocolatey gifts and taking part in Easter egg hunts and games, an Easter display can enhance your celebrations with a little dose of fun and charming decoration.
With many Easter decorations making for lovely craft ideas, such as painted eggs and homemade Easter baskets, to beautiful Easter tree displays and table centerpieces, you can be as creative as you like!
We love this more subtle Easter display on this console table in an entryway. With wrapped gifts shaped like bunny ears, finished with flowers and ribbons, and a small bowl of chocolate eggs, it establishes a wonderful welcome into the home, ideal if you're hosting and entertaining – and the rabbit wallpaper couldn't be more apt!
Why not embrace the Japanese art of furoshiki this year and wrap your Easter eggs or gifts in colorful and reusable fabric?
5. Focus on a feature wallpaper
‘Nature-inspired wallpaper is a great way to achieve the biophilic look for spring,’ says designer Tom Kennedy from wallpaper and fabric brand Divine Savages. ‘Introduce flora and fauna in abundance, with delicate shades of pastel pinks and peppermint green to create a botanical statement that’s perfect for the season.’
Keeping the background of the wallpaper white is a wise move for brightening naturally dark room. Brooke Wilbratte, Founder and Lead Designer at Texas-based Tribe Design Group says, ‘If a room is feeling dark and dingy in the spring sunshine, we paint the ceiling and trim our favorite white, Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. It works well in every home we have put it in.'
For the full effect, complement the wallpaper with colorful furniture and an eye-catching floral display, like in this room which features a beautiful V&A wallpaper design by 1838 Wallcoverings.
6. Lighten up your window treatments
We pack away our heavy winter clothes once the days get warmer and brighter, so let’s use the springtime shift as a catalyst to switch our homes' ‘closets’ to something more appropriate to the season.
‘Ditch the dark and heavy winter drapes and change to lighter curtain ideas in pretty tones for spring,’ suggests Andréa Childs, Editor of Country Homes & Interiors magazine. ‘Not only will you add a pop of color to your scheme, your curtains will shift in the breeze if you leave the window open, bringing a fresh and airy feel to your room.’
‘Replace heavy window treatments with lighter-weight fabric, or take down the curtains altogether in public rooms to let in as much light as possible,’ suggests Mary Beth Christopher of MBC Interior Design, located in Manhattan Beach, California.
7. Pick season-savvy colors
If you want to bring spring decor into your home year-round, we know that room color ideas are key. This might be in wallpaper, perhaps you'll look to inspiring paint ideas, or even colorful furniture. Simple swaps like throw cushions can change the look of a room, but think about smaller furniture pieces, too, and even a bunch of seasonal blooms.
‘Seasonal ottomans and poufs can really change a decor vibe,’ suggests Allison Knizek, founder of Allison Knizek Design in the San Fernando Valley. ‘Apple green ottomans suggest the freshness of spring with their refreshing hue. For fall and winter, replace with a rich jewel or autumnal tone.
8. Repaint in pretty pastels
There’s a trick to repainting a room for a seasonal, spring decor refresh without it seeming a chore.
First, if you keep your walls pale but change the shade each season, you can get away with just one coat of color. The alternative is to choose a full-coverage paint that can conceal a darker shade without showing through. And if your trim is in good condition, you only have the actual wall to decorate.
‘Pastel blues, yellows, pinks and mint green are the ideal tones for springtime. These powdered-down shades make us think of new life – daffodils, birds’ eggs, and the pink of a baby rabbit’s ears! And this is what spring is all about – new beginnings,’ says Amy Stansfield, an associate at Wallsauce.
‘Give a room a spring decor makeover by painting a room in one of these shades and choosing a range of décor in similar tones so that the color “floats” into the rest of the room.’
9. Layer your accessories
If there’s one thing we know about spring weather, it’s unpredictable. So, spring decor ideas need to be layered, welcoming and comfortable too. This might mean layering visually, with pattern and texture, like in the room above by Morris & Co, or literally, with cushions and throws.
You can pack away the heavy blankets but keep a lighter-weight throw to hand for fresh mornings and chilly evenings. It will add an instant color shot to your room scheme, too.
‘A beautifully textured throw is a perfect accent to drape over your favorite couch or at the foot of your bed, or to fill out any nook or corner,’ says Alice Kim, Co-Founder of NYC-based Comma Home. ‘A lightweight throw is a great transitional accessory to bring your home's aesthetic from cozy to fresh and modern.’
10. Do a seasonal declutter
Spring decor ideas aren't just about adding to your existing scheme – it's also about decluttering. If you’re set on a spring clean, use the opportunity to clear your space visually.
‘Reevaluate what you have on display and decide if you have one too many tchotchkes cluttering up your surfaces,’ suggests Ginger Curtis, owner and principal designer of Urbanology Designs in Texas.
‘A change of seasons is a great time to step back and look at what’s working in your space. Guaranteed, you will find inspiration for what can be improved, removed, or just simply moved.'
11. Fill your fireplace with foliage
When you don’t have a fire lit, your fireplace can soon turn from a focal point to an eyesore. The easy fix is to give it a spring makeover, with fresh foliage or flowers – and gorgeous artwork or a feature wallpaper that draws the eye for all the right reasons.
‘Style your mantel with a piece of artwork with soft pastel colors such as pink, blue, and lavender to bring in the spring season. It can be an abstract painting or floral print,’ says interior designer Alice Chiu, principal of Miss Alice Designs in the San Francisco Bay area.
Add a vase of flowers on the hearth, to cover the space where the fire would be. And indulge in some spring mantel decor ideas too.
12. Rearrange the furniture
So, of course, you can do this at any time of the year. But this is about how we use our homes at different times of the year, as well as how we want them to look.
In the springtime, you may find you use an open-concept living area more than a snug; move more often between the house and garden; or even open up a room, like a covered porch, that you close down in the colder months. Or perhaps it's just ensuring that the couch has a good view of the garden as it comes to life?
‘Easy and completely free, switching around the furniture can have a huge impact.’ agree Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs. ‘It only requires a little muscle, and maybe a helper.
'Even if you don’t move the main furniture in a room, such as the couch, you can play around with side tables, the orientation of the coffee table, accent chairs, and floor cushions.
'Before starting a top Dallas interior design firm, I staged homes for sale and clients were always amazed at the power of simply rearranging furniture.’
13. Take a lighter touch
Lightly white-washing wood and matching it to pastel wall colors can instantly make a dark space feel bright.
If you're going to do this, ensure there's plenty of welcoming texture and pattern to bring the space to life. You can introduce the latter with soft furnishings; texture can be added with indoor plants.
14. Get fresh with flowers
Fresh flowers are synonymous with spring decor ideas but too often we focus on formal arrangements and forget the everyday bouquets that can bring the season into our homes. Just a few fresh-picked flowers or bowls of spring bulbs can transform the vibe of a space, taking it from winter austerity to spring optimism.
‘Bring the outdoors in by selecting perfectly hued blooms,’ says Cortney McClure of Oklahoma-based Cortney McClure Design. ‘Don’t save the floral arrangement just for the dining table! Fresh sweet peas and an espresso are the perfect combination for a spring morning!'
Explore the very latest floral trends to see which blooms will take center stage this year.
Designed by Dinosaur Designs, the delicate vase has been has been hand-sculpted from swirling 'Sky' resin in Sydney, perfect for displaying dried or freshly cut flower stems.
We love the colorful, confetti-like design of the Venetian HiBall vase by Soho Home, crafted by local Venetian artisans using a glass-blowing technique that's been practiced for over a millennium.
15. Bring out the bold botanicals
Decorating with botanicals is a sure way to embrace spring decor.
‘We love the bright colors, verdant greens and cheerful patterns associated with spring,’ says Tom Kennedy from Divine Savages. ‘Embrace bold botanicals and fantastical florals to lift the spirit of your home this season.’
Decorate with a striking botanical wallpaper or use accessories to bring instant spring freshness. ‘Pile sofas high with vibrant cushions, and illuminate darker corners with statement lampshades boldly boasting luscious leaves and flamboyant flowers,’ Tom suggests.
16. Refresh your artwork
Too often, paintings and photographs become permanent fixtures on our walls – and when they stay the same, we tend to stop noticing them. But just like an art gallery will put up a new exhibition to generate excitement, you can shift or swap your artworks to bring a new visual dimension to your interior decor. For an even faster fix, buy a new print online and display it in your existing frame.
‘Your art can definitely reflect spring, too,' says interior designer Rosanna Bassford of Eggshell Home, based in the San Francisco Bay area. ‘Change out or rotate your artwork with pieces that reflect what spring means to you. It can be a bright, happy color, a subject or a place.’
17. Trade in your textiles
‘An easy way to update your space for spring is to swap your textiles for lighter-weight fabrics – wools for silks, velvets for wovens. It lifts the space for the warmer weather,’ explains Anastasia Casey founder of IDCO Studio of Austin, Texas.
Anastasia is a fan of florals for the spring season, too.
‘It’s definitely time to bring florals into the mix,’ she says. ‘My favorite way to do this is using handprinted block patterns from Indian makers. I also typically move more toward grays from browns, and from deep moss to paler sages.’
18. Decorate with potted plants and flowers
Bring uplifting greenery and florals inside with vases of flowers and houseplants, as well as style your outdoor spaces with flower baskets, potted plants and containers.
‘When spring flowers start blooming, I love to pick them up at the market and sprinkle them throughout our homes in vases,’ explains Brooke Wilbratte, Founder and lead designer at Texas-based Tribe Design Group.
We love this versatile Fluted Planter from Serena & Lily, which can be used both indoors and outdoors to house beautiful botanical displays; ideal for on a console or dining table, or for use outside beside a front door or on a balcony, terrace or patio.
19. Shop your home
Yes, the spring sales can start in your own front room.
‘Another free and fun way to freshen up your home is to take a look at the other rooms and see which pieces you can swap. This goes for furniture and prints, pillows, candles, dishes, plants – the list goes on,’ says interior designer Ginger Curtis. ‘Check your cabinets for interesting vases or baubles patiently waiting for their time to shine.’
20. Add a jewel touch
Not everyone appreciates soft, pastel shades, which can make the shift to traditional spring decor feel unwelcome.
‘While pastel hues are often associated with spring decorating, a contemporary approach embraces jewel tones reminiscent of vibrant blossoms and deep sunsets,’ says California-based interior designer Sarah Barnard, who specializes in creating spaces that support wellbeing.
With Viva Magenta announced as Pantone's color of the year, expect to see this rich, deep pink across interior trends – especially for spring and summer.
As well as creating a personalized color palette, Sarah suggests other ways to give your springtime interior a feel-good touch. ‘Celebrate the arrival of spring by creating a visual experience that is deeply rooted in nature. Utilize natural textiles with illustrations or embroideries of birds, butterflies, and blooms to bring the benefits of the natural world into your home.’
21. Work spring into your home office
So you’re sat at your desk, but that doesn’t mean you can’t brighten up your work day with a little spring decor. File it under ‘must do’.
‘Keep two or three personal photos in your workspace and rotate them with the seasons. For spring, have outdoor photos with trees and flowers in bright pink or yellow frames,’ suggests Elizabeth Sandler, workspace designer and CEO of Echo Juliette.
‘Brighten up a memo board with floral peel and stick, magnets, or push pins in spring colors. Take those highlighters and colored markers out of the drawer and put them into a glass on your desk. Instead of putting flowers in a vase, bring a full tree into your space for spring. And to encourage you to go into the porch or garden, put out a beautiful pitcher and some glasses on a tray in your outdoor space.'
We love this cozy study space that the outside has been considered too, with a well-placed pretty planter establishing a lovely focal point beside the window.
22. Create a display in spring decor colors
Hanging plates on a wall or stacking up pottery on shelves is a wonderful way to add color and pattern to a room, but pick spring decor shades and you will inject a fresh feel into your room without having to decorate – and of course, you might be able to shop your home for these items.
23. Add an element of exuberance with summery shades
Yes, of course we are focusing on spring decorating ideas, but we're hopeful that summer weather will follow on quickly – and you can bring that sunshine into a spring-styled room with just a single splash of bold yellow.
Yellow room ideas are guaranteed to turn up the heat – and they needn't be overpowering.