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Living Space: 7 small decorating tricks to get your house ready for spring

Sarah Yang, Tribune Content Agency on

Spring cleaning might get all of the attention, but there’s definitely something to be said for spring decorating. Take your cue from the changing weather to make some season-appropriate swaps to your decor as well and you’ll end up with a fresh new look for spring.

1. Swap out wall art.

Something as simple as adjusting the artwork can instantly change the look of a room and make it feel like new. “I love to do a spring refresh in the bedroom,” says designer Karen Vidal. Try swapping out heavy, luxe drapes for lighter, fresher fabrics, such as linen or cotton.

2. Switch your bedding.

Opt for lightweight fabrics and brighter colors for a spring refresh. “Give your bedroom a quick spring makeover by replacing your bedding,” says designer Young Huh. “Remove the heavy duvets and replace with a lighter blanket and change out your pillowcases and decorative pillows with breezy colors.”

3. Install new lampshades.


If you’re tired of your ancient lamps but don’t have the budget to purchase new ones, update them with a simple lampshade. “Switching out plain lampshades on a table or floor lamp for a brighter option is a quick way to add a jolt of refreshing spring color to a space,” says design blogger and author Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar. The colorful piece can also be used to tie in other accents with similar colors in the room.

4. Cover your floors.

“Don’t forget about your flooring!” says designer Tom Stringer. “Fresh, inexpensive sisal or hooked cotton rugs for porches and hallways add an element of spring to a space.” You can keep these rugs out for the summer months too; they’ll make your space seem lighter.

5. Add in colorful accents.


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