Springtime is finally in full swing, and one of our favourite things about this season is the sense of renewal. While we're not suggesting you do a full home renovation to welcome each new season, a few changes and updates to your home decor can help shake off the last remnants of those dark winter months and open the door to the brighter times ahead of us. It's certainly not necessary (and often not advisable) to chase after every passing interior design fad, but freshening up your space doesn't have to be a massive undertaking! Whether you are planning a full on renovation or are just looking to change a few details, we have gathered some of the things you can do to make your home feel refreshed and current for spring 2023.
Change Out Decor And Textiles
Let's start with one of the simplest things you can do to change up your space. Changing out your textiles (think cushion covers, throws, bedding) is a non-permanent and fairly low-effort change which can make a massive difference to the look and feel of your space. For spring we suggest going brighter and lighter, and don't be afraid of throwing in some colour! Try opting for lighter textiles, like cotton or linen, rather than the heavier and thicker textiles we often associate more with fall and winter. This can make your space feel more colourful, light and airy, and does wonders for brightening up your home.
You've likely packed away your Christmas and winter decorations a while back, so you might want to consider incorporating a few new pieces of decor. When people think about spring decor they often think about eggs and Easter displays, but this is far from the only option. If you don't want to decorate your home for Easter, there are so many other changes you can make to your home decor for spring. We'll talk more about this in the next couple of sections, so keep reading for some ideas!
Plants and Flowers
It is the growing season, so of course we couldn't leave this one out! One of the big trends of 2023 is bringing the outside in. If you are looking to brighten up your home for spring, consider using plants and flowers as a part of your decor. It will bring some life to your space and make it appear more fresh and vibrant. If you don't want the hassle (or pricetag) of keeping a continuous supply of fresh flowers, we understand. As much as we love having them in our home, flowers are expensive and need to be replaced often. Potted plants and flowers last much longer (depending on how green your thumbs are) and work just as well to freshen up your home.
You can consider getting faux flowers, but we would suggest some caution with these. It's worth it to spend a little extra to make sure you get good quality ones that look as realistic as possible. If you want to keep them in a vase opt for one that isn't clear, like a beautiful ceramic vase, since the stems will often give them away and ruin the look you're going for. We would also suggest you place them on a side table or a shelf, rather than front and centre in your room, since most faux flowers don't withstand close scrutiny, no matter how well made they are.
Mixing Old And New
Vintage and second-hand (or thrifted) decor and furniture have been getting more and more popular for a few years now, and this trend isn't going anywhere. The stigma that used to exist around second-hand or thrifted furniture is a thing of the past, and we're loving it! Shopping for vintage pieces is a great way of finding unique furniture and decor that have a story behind them, and often for a bargain. Not to mention the fact that the craftsmanship of the past is in many ways lost in the mass produced furniture that is being made in todays large fast furniture chains.
Finding the perfect vintage piece can add dimension and personality to your space, and it is far more sustainable for the planet. That is not to say that every piece needs to be acquired second-hand. A popular trend is to mix new pieces with vintage, to create a space that is curated for you and has those unique touches that set it aside.
Whether in architecture, furniture, or accessories for the home, curves are a huge trend this season and predicted to only become more popular as the year goes on. Curved sofas, arched doorways, soft organic shapes in home decor, curved backs on chairs, and coffee tables with rounded edges. We've been seeing large recessed wall arches making their way into the kitchen this season, framing the countertops and stove, and the look gives a beautiful finish. This trend is manifesting in every part of our homes, and you can take it as far or go as subtle as you would like. If you're not on the market for new furniture or a home renovation this season, you can look for a new piece of home decor with organic curved shapes, like a sculpture or a wall hanging.
The times when we believed you had to choose one type of metal and stick to it throughout your home decor are long gone. A trend for this season is mixing metals, and this will carry on through the rest of the year. Plumbing fixtures, lights, cabinet hardware in the kitchen and bathrooms, and even decor pieces, don't need to be the same metallic finish. Mixing different metals gives an added interest and depth to your space, and can bring more personality to your home. Tailoring our homes to express ourselves has become an increasingly popular trend in its own right, and many of the design trends we find popping up are giving us new ways of doing this.
Brass and gold finishes are popular right now, and we often see them used in kitchen and bathroom hardware. Our advice for mixing metals is to stick to 2-3 different finishes and try to make sure you use each finish in a few different parts of your room in order to tie the whole design together into a cohesive looking space. We'd suggest using each finish in about 3 different places, and not to overdo it! Consider incorporating different textures as well, for added visual interest.
Open shelves in kitchens have been popular for a while, and we see this trend continuing in 2023. Open shelving can look beautiful and play into the minimalist trend that is increasing in popularity this season. Natural materials are popular and shelves in natural warm wood tones can add warmth and life to your kitchen.
While we do love the look of this design aesthetic, we need to point out a caveat to this. Open shelves are not for everyone, and before you jump on this trend you need to consider how they would work for you and your specific functional needs for your kitchen. Open shelving look the best with a combination of decor pieces mixed with more aesthetic dinnerware, but if you try to store too much on them they can look cluttered and disorganised. There are plenty of ways to get clever with storage space in other parts of your kitchen if you have the space for it, but if you really need the additional storage those top cupboards provide you may wish to reconsider.
You should also consider how open shelving would work with your lifestyle. If you already know that you are going to be struggling to keep them organised and neat looking, it is likely they'll become more of an annoyance than anything else. I think we can all agree that just because something looks wonderful in a magazine, doesn't mean that it would work practically in our own lives!
If you still want to get the look of open shelves but aren't sure you can manage the upkeep, you can consider a combination of the two and get open shelves in just one part of your kitchen.
What do you think of these design trends? While there's no need to completely change up your home for every season, sometimes a few small touches and details can freshen up your space and make all the difference.