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If the warm air and budding trees of spring make you want to freshen your house, you’re in great company.
An 1864 diary entry from a woman detailed what the Washington Post said may be the first record of what has become the annual rite of spring cleaning: “Swept and dusted sitting-room & kitchen 350 times. Filled lamps 362 times. Swept and dusted chamber & stairs 40 times.”
Today many of us still do annual “spring cleaning” — although not as diligently as that done by the woman whose diary is quoted above — but want to redecorate, too. The good news is there are plenty of low-cost, easy ways to do just that. Here are 25 of our favorites:
1. Add yellow accents
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Gather some yellow flowers (Midwest Living recommends daffodils, pansies or forsythia, but any will do) and place them in a yellow container. Instant springtime.
2. Fill the air with lemon and rosemary
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Why buy artificial scents when you can easily, and inexpensively, bring natural ones into your home? Chasing Foxes recommends several DIY scents including lemon and rosemary. Just heat them in a frying pan.
3. Do a three-second scan
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Not sure how to start? Walk into a room with your eyes closed. Be sure to take a pen and paper with you. Open your eyes, scan the room for three seconds, and note three things that visually bother you, recommends an interior designer quoted in Oprah. Those are your redecorating start points.
4. Add light-colored throw pillows
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One quick, inexpensive way to bring spring into your home is to replace old throw pillows with light-colored cotton or linen pillows, recommends House Beautiful.
5. Air it out
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Turn off the heat and open the windows. Airing out your house is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make it smell like spring.
6. Add a new bed skirt
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Brighten up your bedroom with a colorful bed skirt. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to add a burst of spring color, says Martha Stewart magazine.
7. Add new pillow shams
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When you’re freshening the bedroom, consider a spring-colored set of pillow shams, recommends House Beautiful. That’s another quick, inexpensive way to brighten the room.
8. Brighten trim and baseboards
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You’ve likely head that a fresh coat of paint works wonders. That’s especially true on trim, baseboards and crown moldings.
9. Hang a spring flower wreath or display
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Greet visitors with a wreath created with spring flowers that hangs on your front door. If your creativity is flowing consider taking a container — such as a narrow watering can — filling it with flowers, and hanging that on the door, says Midwest Living.
10. Repaint furniture
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Get crafty and repaint some of your furniture to brighten it for spring. You might select outdoor furniture or even some vintage chairs or tables. A designer speaking to Oprah.com suggests using a white or creme melamine and also replacing furniture hardware.
11. Transition your wardrobe
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When you open your closet and see wools and flannels, you immediately think of winter. Move those winter clothes out of your main closet and hang your lighter, brighter spring clothes.
12. Rearrange furniture
Sometimes just moving the sofa and chairs gives your room a fresh look for spring. Take a look at each room and see what furniture shifts make sense.
13. Add deck lighting
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Now’s your chance to enjoy the great outdoors. Add some new lighting to your deck to prepare it for al fresco dining and more, recommends Bob Vila.
14. Add a chunky knit
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Footstools, pillows, throws and other accessories featuring chunky knits are all the rage for spring, reports HGTV. But don’t go overboard. A single piece will do it.
15. Bring nautical hues to the floor
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Blues, greens and similar hues are perfect for spring. Add those seasonal colors by placing throw rugs in various rooms, recommends Coastal Living.
16. Show some copper
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Copper adds a dash of elegance with a fresh, spring look, according to ElleDecor. Accent your home with copper plates, cookware, vases, flatware and lighting fixtures.
17. Add some green
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Grass is a mainstay of spring. Make a display of grass on your dining room table, windowsills or elsewhere, recommends Home BNC.
18. Decorate with vines
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Even if you have a brown thumb, you can probably do well with many vine plants. They are nearly impossible to kill and bring a touch of spring to your home.
19. Add a floral tablecloth
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A floral tablecloth keeps your blooms eternal. It will look extra festive if you complement it with a display of fresh flowers, suggests Country Living.
20. Add white accents
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Don’t become so fixated on bright spring colors that you forget the freshest of all — white. Add white accents to brighten your home for spring.
21. Add striped lampshades
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Striped lampshades add a touch of spring fun to any room, says Martha Stewart.com.
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One of the best ways to make your home feel like spring is to go minimal, says House Beautiful. Send the area rugs out for cleaning and live with bare floors. Pack away accessories and accents. Sparse is perfect for spring.
23. Add a plant to an empty corner
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The poof of green plants or bright flowers will make you feel as if spring has sprung in the room — a tip from MyDomaine.
24. Burn scented candles
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An array of candles is available that can unleash floral, citrus and other fresh scents to instantly make your house smell like spring.
25. Fill rain boots with flowers
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Take some colorful rain boots (you know, the ones the kids outgrew) and fill them with flowers for a fun, spring look, recommends Midwest Living.
No matter the size of your home, a little creativity is all you need to freshen its look for spring.
What do you do to bring out the spring in your home? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.