With all the added hours you're spending at home these days because of the pandemic, it's easy to grow tired of the same old surroundings. Well, you've got some extra time on our hands—and it is that time of year—why not use this as an opportunity to change things up a bit? Just remember, spring cleaning doesn't have to be all about boring, tedious decluttering and disinfecting. Sure, those things are essential, especially given what's currently going on in the world, but you don't have to limit yourself to the standard chores on your checklist. Read on for ideas on how you can easily upgrade your home for spring—even while in quarantine.
1 Add some fresh flowers
We could all use a little touch of color right now, so why not brighten things up by adding fresh flowers to your spring update plan this year.
"One of my all-time favorite [ways] to usher in the season is to inundate my home with fresh flowers in beautiful spring colors that pop," says Nicole Gittens, principal designer at New Visions Interiors and Events. "Contain them in simple but interesting clear glass containers and vases so that even the pretty green stems can shine through!"
2 Create entryway vignettes
Brightening you entryway is an easy way to create a welcoming atmosphere for when you return from a stressful venture to the grocery store. "If your entry has a great statement piece you'd like to showcase why not don it with letter boards piped in white, cute spring sayings, fresh flowers, and an assortment of candles in spring scents and hues? Nothing says spring better!" Gittens says. For more home update ideas, check out 27 Amazing Home Upgrades for Every Budget.
3 Construct a gallery wall
If you're tired of sitting in the same space all day you can easily reenergize it by creating a gallery wall. Order a few matching or complementary frames, sketch and measure where you want them to go on your wall, and hang them up using Command Strips so you can change their placement quickly and easily without damaging your walls. If you already have art hanging on your wall simply rearranging its placement could make the space feel like new.
4 Use LED light bulbs
Consider replacing any incandescent light bulbs in your home with energy-efficient LED (light emitting diodes) bulbs while you're changing things for spring. Not only do LEDs cast a brighter light than their incandescent counterparts, but they'll also spring clean your energy bill—an LED can run for 25 times as long as incandescent bulbs and cost much less to run. And for more ways to go green at home, check out 30 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly.
5 Try peel-and-stick wallpaper
You don't have to break out the paintbrushes to give your space a whole new vibe in minutes. Peel-and-stick wallpaper makes it easy to completely change the feel and look of a room—and better yet, if that paper feels dated a year down the line, you can remove it without damaging your walls.
6 Repaint your front door
Want an easy upgrade you can do without breaking the bank? Order some paint, put on your overalls, and break and give your front door a fresh look with a more appealing hue. A little tip before you get started: If you're hoping to sell your home in the next few years, it pays to be discerning about your color choice, though: according to Zillow, homes with dark gray or black front doors tend to sell at a higher value.
7 Add some window boxes
While you're stuck inside, you might as well enjoy the view when you look gaze out the windows of your home. Window boxes are an inexpensive addition—you can get them for under $8 at Home Depot—that will instantly brighten the look of your home and provide a place to grow and showcase your favorite plants and flowers for years to come.
8 Update your throw pillows
If your throw pillows have become faded or are starting to resemble something like a pancake because of all the extra use they're currently getting, it may be time to sub them out. "Swap out your darker pillows with heavier textures, such as velvets, for lighter colors and springier materials, such as linens," Gittens says. "It will give your rooms a much crisper feel." If you're looking for an even bigger project, take a shot at making your own pillow covers.
9 Swap out dark curtains for sheer panels
Those heavy, dark curtains may have served their purpose by keeping your house warmer during winter, but now that spring has sprung, it's time to let the sunshine in. Try changing things up with some sheer panels and your home will feel brighter in no time. And with all the time you've been required to spend indoors, getting plenty of vitamin D is more important than ever.
10 Turn your windowsill into a living landscape
This is the perfect time to bring the outdoors inside. Make the most of that springtime sunshine by turning your windowsills into a home for some potted plants. Not only will this add some instant visual appeal to your home, research even suggests that indoor plants can improve people's moods.
11 Hang a front door wreath
Who says that wreaths are only for the holidays? Putting up a springtime wreath can make your home feel more festive without breaking the bank. And if you're feeling crafty and creative, try making your own—it will give your home's exterior a charming personal touch.
12 Refinish your cabinets
You don't need to fully remodel your kitchen to make it feel like a brand new space. Refinishing your cabinets and giving them a new stain or a fresh coat of paint gives you fun project to tackle that will completely change the look and feel of your home.
13 Add new drawer pulls
Want to give your kitchen a five-minute makeover, but you don't know where to start? Try adding new drawer pulls. That's right, swapping out outdated wooden or brass handles and knobs on your cabinets can refresh the room in no time—on a tiny budget, to boot.
14 Swap in a new bath mat
While completely revamping your bathroom may be an ordeal, a new bath mat can make all the difference in how much you enjoy the space. And luckily, this is one of the cheaper upgrades out there—for as little as $10—sometimes even less—you can completely refresh the room.
15 Repaint your baseboards
Between the constant opening and shutting of doors and the heavy foot traffic of your family and pets, the baseboards in your house can start to look a little rough after a while. If you want to upgrade your space, give them that fresh coat of paint they deserve—and take note of how it gives the rest of your home a whole new vibrant feel.
16 And your patio furniture
We have a feeling you may be spending quite a bit of time in your backyard this season. Breathe new life into your outdoor furniture this spring with a quick coat of exterior-grade paint. All it takes is a little cleaning, a little sanding, and two coats of the stuff to turn those beat-up wicker chairs into something fresh and modern.
17 Set out a new welcome mat
With the salt and slush associated with the winter months behind you, it's time to retire that heavy-duty doormat until next year. To brighten up your front step, opt instead for something more seasonal—it's an easy upgrade that will completely change your exterior's aesthetic.
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