By Jennifer Ebert published
Our stylish Easter decorating ideas are the perfect way to prepare your rooms for the start of spring. As the temperature starts to rise and our gardens begin to bloom, so too, can our homes.
When it comes to seasonal styling ideas, there's no wrong approach. You can celebrate through florals – think scented bulbs and fresh blooms, botanical bakes and prints. Or colour. Pastels scream spring... albeit not loudly.
You could even try your hand at making some of the more decorative details, such as Easter wreaths, quirky table settings and eggs on display – both the authentic and chocolate versions. Elegant vintage finds top off the look.
1. Style a dresser with seasonal blooms and vintage finds
An antique white painted dresser base and carved Tunisian shelf, set against beautiful French panelling – all from Cotswold antiques barn C’est Tout – makes the perfect place to pay homage to spring.
Style the scene with an array of vintage pots and vases filled with spring bulbs, cut tulips, narcissi and hyacinths.
Love this look? Our French country decor ideas should appeal.
2. Serve a seasonal cocktail
The trend for concocting and serving homemade cocktails continues into Spring. ‘There is a growing trend for flavoured vodkas this season with fun flavours like fir, rhubarb and marmalade,’ says Jamie Matthewson, Waitrose Drinks Buying Manager.
‘Or try a spritzer – think sherry or white port served with tonic and ice for a refreshing, long drink’. Or make your own cordials from this year’s early fruit crop, decant into pretty bottles, attach a home-made label and give as gifts to friends.
3. Hang botanical prints
Styling up your dining space with nature-inspired pieces will make for a cheery seasonal setting. Our Easter table decoration ideas offer more ways to experiment.
Think beautiful prints by British artisans, such as Isla Middleton’s Spring Foraging poster, which can be easily displayed on the wall in a magnetic poster hanger, alongside botanical wall charts.
For a relaxed feel, arrange assorted vintage chairs topped with ditsy pastel cushions and create a whimsical centrepiece with armfuls of blossom collected on April walks.
4. Arrange a twiggy tree
Making an indoor tree is so simple using twigs from the garden mixed with pussy willow. Use a pretty urn like this and put oasis in the bottom to push the branches into, and cover with moss, then hang speckled eggs tied with raffia or ribbon from them.
Notonthehighstreet.com has lovely personalised hanging eggs painted to look like rabbits and chicks and brightly coloured clip-on feather birds.
5. Forage for spring flowers
Getting out on a country bike ride, with the fresh spring air gushing past, is a real tonic for the soul.
Make the ride even sweeter by stopping off to buy a bunch of heavenly scented narcissi. Their floral fragrance drifting up on the breeze as they bob about in your basket is guaranteed to put a spring in your step.
Use them alongside sprigs of blossom and tulips to add the finishing touches to a wreath of pussy willow.
6. Bring in the scent of spring with narcissi
For a laidback and stylish Easter lunch, dress the table with a large bowl of fragrant narcissi or paperwhites. Buy a number of plants in pots, enough to fill your bowl.
Then line the bowl with newspaper, followed by compost mixed with grit to keep them upright, then place the plants in the bowl. Cover the top with white pebbles or similar. Their scent is the epitome of Spring.
7. Arrange flowers as highs and lows
For a run of flowers, pick blooms and foliage like these narcissi, grass and fern stems and place them in vases and pots of different shapes and sizes. Position them along the length of the table. Then cut the flowers and foliage to different heights to suit the vase.
There are no rules, but balance the width and height and just stand back occasionally to make sure the heights are different.
8. Bake your way to a beautiful look
Pretty up spring bakes with crystallised edible flowers. To make them, separate the white from an egg and put in a small bowl. White caster sugar is traditionally used; a handy hint is to blitz the sugar with a blender for an extra-fine coating.
Using a fine brush, gently paint the egg white onto both sides of the edible flowers and carefully sprinkle over the sugar. Shake off any excess and place on a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper to dry.
They will last a couple of weeks kept in an airtight container. Not all flowers are edible and even varieties that are can be grown using pesticides making them dangerous to eat, so always ensure to go to an edible flower specialist.
9. Set out an Easter basket
Baskets are synonymous with Easter and make a lovely table decoration by using different real eggs - white duck and hen’s eggs, quails’ eggs and Bluebell Aurancana eggs.
For a similar basket, Etsy has various vintage baskets with handles. Add flower heads to the bowl for a nice touch.
10. Create a quirky floral display
Create a unique botanical display by filling vintage finds with spring bulbs and cut flowers. Opt for an array of vessels with sculptural shapes and time-worn patinas, such as vintage French confit pots, urn-shaped Dartmouth vases, weathered watering cans, and even vintage enamel colanders for a quirky feel.
Keep your eyes peeled at fleamarkets and car-boot sales for items to repurpose.
11. Give a gardener's gift
If you have green-fingered friends, and for an individual touch, place seedlings in pots on each plate for guests to take home and plant. You can make seed pots like these from newspaper, using a paper potter available from The Nether Wallop Trading Company.
Simply fill the pot with compost that isn’t too damp and pop the seedling in - sweet peas, nasturtiums, strawberries, beans or peas all work well. You could then wrap with string and add a label if you wish.
12. Bring Easter to your mantelpiece
Create an Easter display by pinning up bunting, hanging wreaths and styling up shelves with spring bulbs and vintage treasures.
We love the simple asymmetry of this spring wreath, and it’s super easy to make. Get a double-ring wreath frame (try Hobbycraft) and pack tightly with sphagnum moss. Secure in place with floristry wire.
Cut sprigs of blossom and arrange off-centre, poking into the moss to secure. Embellish with a ribbon made from scrap vintage fabric and a handwritten calligraphy tag, such as this Easter tag from Edie Rose Ashley.
13. Style a serving spot
Serving areas, such as a trolley or side table, look good dressed with natural materials inside or out. Position The White Company’s Moreton Kubu Trolley by an open door for instance.
‘Informality lies at the heart of alfresco dining these days so keep things simple with large platters, sharing boards and low serving bowls so people can easily help themselves,’ says The White Company founder Chrissie Rucker.
‘Think of interesting ways to decorate the space too - if you’re outside, hang up a string of paper lanterns or swathes of bunting to define the serving space.’
Our outdoor dining ideas will help you set the scene.
14. Combine foliage with homemade wreaths
Swathes of greenery paired with quaint vintage-style egg illustrations are a charming variation on the seasonal standard.
15. Love vintage finds
This all-over bird design - Hummingbirds, £115 a roll from Cole & Son - makes a pretty backdrop for spring days.
If you don’t want to decorate all walls, just use it on a feature wall to define a space, such as the mantelpiece wall, or maybe in an alcove or recess.
Place matching vintage vases, found by florist Willow Crossley at flea markets, with stunning Fritillaria Persica.
16. Make a wreath using eggs and feathers
You'll need a steady hand and even steadier nerves, but delicate blown eggs decorated with paint and pretty feathers create a distinctive wall hanging.
We have a lovely step by step to show you how to make an Easter wreath with flowers – don't miss it!
17. Wrap chocolate eggs in fabric
To personalise shop-bought Easter eggs, take them out of their cardboard packaging and wrap them in fabric. You can use offcuts finished with pinking shears, or even vintage scarves.
18. Fill vases with eggs
Large glass vases filled with hand-painted and string-wrapped eggs are a simple yet effective way to add a seasonal touch. You could also use the chocolate variety, of course...
19. Craft a bunny coffee pot warmer
Keep coffee piping hot with an adorable handmade cafetière warmer. It's simple to make by folding a piece of felt in half and cutting out your rabbit motif.
Stitch from the neck up at the back and round to the base at the front, leaving the back free so it's easy to slip over your hot pot. Sew a pom pom and a popper to the base at the back, so it's easy to secure in place.
20. Hang egg decorations from branches
Spring blossom decorated with birds and hung with colourful paper eggs makes a whimsical Easter tree. Forage the twigs yourself – willow is an excellent choice as it's shiny and malleable.
21. Hang pretty painted plates
Plates adorned with gold-leaf eggs form part of an elegant display of china and are a subtle way to evoke the theme.
22. Spell it out
A welcoming garland and ornamental rabbits set a lighthearted tone for Easter visitors. Buy a ready-made set, such as this one from Rifle Paper Company, or create your own.
23. Go big on spring foliage
A large space such as this hallway is no place to be half-hearted. It's paid off here to go big – both in the scale of the foliage wreath and the spread of pots and bulbs on the table.
Symmetry – in the arrangement of the flowers and lighting – keeps things sophisticated.
24. Choose a wallpaper for the occasion
Certain wallpaper designs come into their own in spring – yet are pretty and subtle enough to work through the seasons. Take this rabbit patterned wallpaper, which is a whimsical statement all year round.
Discover more classic wallpaper ideas that you won't tire of.
25. Serve up pastels
Make the most of high tea by serving dainty friands and a beautifully decorated Easter cake, shown off to best effect on a ceramic stand for all to admire.
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space.
Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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