Why We Love Spring
Who doesn’t love spring? It’s all about a fresh start and rebirth! The world comes alive again with renewed activity & life. The days grow longer. People seem to smile more easily as they emerge from their winter hibernation. Sunshine prevails and once again we peer at life through rose colored glasses. Do you want a fresh spring look for your home but have little or no decor budget? These 6 budget spring decor ideas are the answer! Whether you have a small budget or no budget you can easily create a fresh spring look for your home today. It’s exciting to create this light, bright, optimistic mood inside our homes. Read on and I’ll show you how.
Growing up surviving the long, cold winters in Connecticut by the time February came around we were more than ready for a change. Every spring break Julie and I would head down to Florida to see our Grandparents and get an early taste of warm weather and sunshine, the kind of weather that had not yet arrived in New England. Those few days spent soaking up the sun would totally lift our spirits and brighten our outlook on life! We would come back sun-tanned and feeling like we were on top of the world!
Well, no matter how old we get or what kind of weather we have after the holidays are over and we settle into the darker colder days of winter there is nothing better than looking forward to spring. Short of flying south to a tropical destination (that ALSO sounds good) I want to share how you can bring an uplifting early spring mood to your decor. It’s amazing how these simple, inexpensive changes can lift your mood and brighten your spirits. It’s like you’re bringing a little sunshine and warmth into your home. Even if the temperatures outside are still quite chilly, even if the daylight hours are still less than we’d like, you can brighten the mood with these 6 easy budget decor ideas!
6 Budget Spring Decor Ideas
Pillows are my go-to first choice for budget decor updates. Why? They can be super inexpensive! Especially if you buy just the pillow covers. Be sure to take a look in our shop for some of our favorites. Another reason we LOVE pillows and can’t get enough of them is that they are so easy to incorporate. You don’t have to hang them or worry about putting holes in your walls when you want to change them out. Literally THROW them on your couch or bed…Voila! You have a totally new look. Also, feel free to layer them endlessly with your existing pillows. The possibilities are endless. In addition, if you purchase just the pillow covers they are easy to store. Just fold and lay flat…you can store dozens and keep them readily on hand for when you want to change them again! Need I say more??
2. Fresh Flowers
Ok, fresh flowers may not make it onto everyone’s budget-friendly list, but even at my worst financial moments I made a small weekly budget for fresh flowers because of the value they added to my life! Knowing how to take care of fresh flowers so that you get your money’s worth is very important. I actually stopped buying hydrangeas for about a year because every time I bought them they wilted within hours. Finally I got smart! I Googled it! And armed with new information I decided to brave it and buy them again! Guess what? Success!
Now I am sure to use tepid room temperature water instead of cool or cold water. And, most importantly, I cut up the stem 1.5-2″ so that I open up the stem. The idea is to allow for the stem to drink up as much water as possible. Now I can keep hydrangeas alive and looking gorgeous for 2 weeks or more! I also buy my flowers almost exclusively at Trader Joe’s. This is both convenient and the most economical location I have found for me. I challenge you to find the best floral deals in your area, and then make it a part of your budget without any accompanying guilt!
It’s kind of funny but Julie has been hard to convince of the “value” of fresh flowers. Granted she has a ton of faux flowers to choose from. But this spring she revealed to me that she is finally convinced. She will readily admit to a new-found addiction to fresh flowers…which you’ll see witnessed in her rounds of IG pictures this spring!
3. Fresh Cut Blooms or Branches
This is the cheapest spring decor update because they are FREE! For some of you all you need to do is look outside in your garden or front yard for some inspiration. Ok….maybe you live in an apartment complex which means you don’t have your own yard. What about looking for clippings the next time you go on a hike? I don’t have much of a garden but I hadn’t even thought of making cuttings from my plum trees. I got this awesome idea from all of my amazing Instagram friends! (I love Instagram.) To me they were just trees…and it hadn’t even occurred to me to use them. I did have to climb up a ladder and my neighbors DID ask me what I was up to 🙂 But it was worth it!
4. Faux Flowers
Let’s talk about faux flowers for a minute. Yes, there is an initial investment, but we all know that spring comes around every year and that you will be getting more use out of these than just one season! Julie & I are constantly moving our faux flowers around our houses! Here I filled my dough bowl with faux flowers that I have bought over the span of about 7 years!
Faux flowers are also a good idea if you want to decorate spaces where you wouldn’t put a vase. See how I used faux flowers to add a bit of color to my three-tiered tray on the buffet. And yes, we do have growing stashes of faux flowers hidden away but to us it’s worth it. We also wait for 40-50% off sales at local craft stores which happen regularly!
Decorating updates aren’t always about ADDING decor. In this case spring is about cleaning and fresh starts! It’s a time to get organized and sort through some of the stuff that accumulates over the course of a year. For spring I like to embrace this idea and simplify my decor. Spring is a good time to put away some of your heavy throws and your extra decor items. Embrace a clean look that is crisp and free of clutter (this could involve, eek, dare I say it…..some organizing, sorting and maybe a trip to “Good Will” or Salvation Army).
Rejoice in the look of a clear counter and empty space. You get the idea! Another way to interpret this idea of “simplification” is to apply it to your color palette. You might want to choose a monochromatic color palette. Create a calm, peaceful look by keeping everything neutral, everything white, or just choosing one color for your decor. This will create a soothing and unifying look. (Aren’t we all still recovering from the chaotic decor of Christmas? As much as I love it, I crave simplicity after it’s over!)
6. Brighten Up
Use lighter colors in your decor: white or lighter pastels. It might even be a good time to take out a can of paint and lighten up a wall or a piece of furniture. Paint is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to impact your decor. Last spring I painted most of my house a light cool grey color called “Modern Grey” by Valspar. I don’t like to give paint advice because every space is so unique and the lighting has everything to do with what color will look good in YOUR house. However, that being said, I love my choice of color because it brightened up my space so much that I feel like I have a new home!
Bringing Spring Indoors is SO easy and SO much Fun…Enjoy!
We love spring! It has always been both Julie’s and my absolute favorite time of year; a time when we find renewed hope and optimism after the sometimes dark days of winter. It’s no wonder we love to decorate for spring. Even more exciting is the fact that your budget spring decorating does’t have to mean “cheap.” It doesn’t even mean you have to “settle”. Budget decor can be simple and elegant. When you’re on a budget you just want to make smart choices that are WORTH it to YOU! We hope these 6 budget spring decor ideas have inspired you. You can start incorporating them easily into your current decor today. We hope the updates you make will lift your mood and brighten your spirits all season long!
Jodie & Julie