Design Tips: Time to Think Spring for Your Home

Cindy Beyer

This is a sponsored post by Reston interior designer Cindy Beyer, a Reston Now Best Reston Business winner.

By this time of year, we are all feeling cooped up after a very long, long winter. All of us can’t wait to open up the house to the spring and summer warm winds.

Now it is time to invite springtime into your home. The first thing to do: Fill your vases with fresh tulips, irises, daffodils, gerbera daisies, lilies, etc.

It does not matter what vase you use, the more original the better. Try different glass vases and urns filled with stones or glass marbles or just plain water. Small lemons and limes in the bottom of the vase can also add punch and color. At this point of the BLAH winter, who cares? To keep your cut flowers looking fresh, remember to change the water every day and every few days give them a fresh cut.

Did you know you can even buy fresh flowers at Home Depot? Send the hubby there for some fertilizer, you never know what you are going to get.

The next thing you can do is to bring out the summer linens (if you change for summer or winter, I do not). There is nothing like crisp white bed sheets and towels, maybe with a yellow or lime chartreuse accent pillowcases and hand towels. The big color this year is chartreuse, so anything in the green/ yellow or yellow/green will do. Don’t forget to add bright yellows and bright oranges to the mix.

Think nature…Spring nature. Enough of the grey and white, we will address those colors next December. It is also time to retire the winter door wreath for a new spring wreath. Remember that your new purchase may be shared with the robin family just waiting for a new home. Therefore, it is a good idea to get one you can hose off after nesting season.

Also remember to bring out your spring planters and pot them with frostproof spring flowers such as pansies.

It is a good time to think about your outdoor furniture and if you need to replace those worn-out cushions. Contact your furniture manufacturer for replacement options or google some local fabricators. Remember to use a Sunbrella type fabric with mold-resistant cushion foam. Spruce your seating up with bright outdoor pillows available mostly anywhere.

If your outside deck needs help and you can’t replace or refinish it, just throw a bright indoor/outdoor area rug to brighten it up. Now is the time to order.

Happy spring. If you want spring design tips visit me at [email protected].

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