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Get your home ready for spring


You might not notice it yet, but the days are getting longer and brighter, spring is just around the bend.

Thankfully, you don’t need to wait until the official first day of the season to transform the inside of your home.

Start now! The rules are simple. It’s all about welcoming in color, fresh air and a bit of life through fun accessories and accents. Just take a cue (or a few) from these design experts, who know a thing or two about creating livable, lovable rooms with the simplest of tweaks. Ready, set, spring!

Make a grand entrance

Every season is a holiday. Put a spring wreath on your front door in colors like fuchsia and green. Make a statement with big, beautiful, full flowers! — Rachel Pennington

Add elements that sing Spring! to your veranda: apply two coats of cheery paint to your front door, a new pair of topiaries with flowering plants at their base flanking the entrance, new cushions on outdoor furniture, and don’t forget a fresh new doormat! — Elaine Griffin

A big, well-placed mirror in the entryway will do wonders in opening up a room. It reflects sunlight, making the space look bigger. — Liz Maffucci

Color your world

Swap out ivory and white candles for colorful ones that usher in spring. From the foyer to the backyard, formal dinners to casual get-togethers, colorful candles add a pop of personality. — Eddie Ross

Inside, so often interiors are neutral. Grays have been trending for some time. Break away and add color! Turquoise, bright yellow and orange bring happiness to your home. Afraid to take the full color plunge? Start by using these colors in the form of placemats and picture frames (paint existing ones). — Rachel Pennington

Virtually every textile that isn’t nailed down can be switched out seasonally, and going lighter as summer approaches is like giving your home highlights – spirit-lifting and stylish, too! Start lightening and brightening texture and color patterns in your living, dining and bedrooms – switch out lamp shades, throw pillows and throws, even dishcloths in the kitchen. — Elaine Griffin

Don’t forget the bedroom. Rekindle the spark in your bedding with a lively mix of color and pattern. Start with two sets in solid hues that work together, then go all the way with pillowcases in playful patterns. — Eddie Ross 

Signs of life

Instantly bring a room to life by adding something organic. A bowl of fruit, a fresh vase filled with flowers, or effortless house plants like succulents are all beautiful ways to make your home feel fresh. — Julie Blanner


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