50 Of House & Home’s Best Spring Decorating Ideas
Spring is in the air… and in our homes! This season is all about a return to relaxed decorating, with breezy materials and soothing palettes filling our spaces. Click through for 50 spring decorating ideas from the H&H archives to help your home blossom.
Create a vignette with fresh cut flowers. Homeowner Anne Côté picked wildflowers from her backyard and set them atop her dining table for a modest yet lovely display.
Showcase foraged finds. Set in a shadowbox, a piece of driftwood, sprig of lavender and mossy bird’s nest make for a seasonal tabletop display.
Make a tree stump relief print. Turn a lucky forest find into a one-of-a-kind work of art with this unique tree stump print DIY.
Frame a piece of floral fabric. Set against a clean white backdrop, this painterly print invigorates homeowner Tamara Taggart’s dining room.
Cheer up your space with yellow. This sunny shade is scattered throughout homeowner Arren Williams’ yard to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Don’t shy away from chintz. Plain white walls keep chintz-covered sofas from feeling outdated or overwhelming. A bouquet of roses on the coffee table nod to their pattern.
Display flowers in a cool, kitschy vase. A bouquet of flowers set in a woodland pottery piece makes for an unexpected — yet undeniably sweet — decorating moment.
Let nature inspire your decor. A sculptural wooden branch lamp gives this masculine sitting area storied appeal.
Showcase color in unexpected places. An ombré effect on stair risers are eye-catching and fun. White walls allow for a quiet transition from deep teal to light blue.
Wow with wallpaper. A pretty peony- and butterfly-print wallpaper keeps this young girl’s bedroom blooming year-round.
DIY a herb garden. A hanging herb garden is an easy way to add life to a bland patio or small balcony. Learn how to make this DIY: Vertical Garden Planter.
Give windows a whimsical treatment. Beautify a standard roller blind by covering it with a patterned fabric, then echo the pattern on the drapes for a fresh feel. Learn how to do this project.
Make an ombré floral centerpiece. Arrange flowers of various shades in a long, rectangular vase (or multiple small vases) and set them off with a tablecloth in a contrasting color for a simple and stunning display.
Set out a fruit bowl. Fill a bowl with fresh fruit and place it on a countertop or table for easy snacking and a burst of juicy color.
Brighten up your entryway with wallpaper. Devoting just a few feet of wall space to a wallpaper in a vivid shade is transformative. In this foyer, a tile-like pattern in a juicy yellow hue sets off a sitting area.
Bring life to minimalist spaces with a leafy centerpiece. A single clipped branch stands out against this dining room’s neutral palette.
Create a woodsy scene. The meandering branches of this hand-painted mural bring the magical feeling of a forest indoors.
Add interest underfoot with a colorful rug. A saturated orange rug was a bold choice for this pattern-filled living room, but one with huge payoff. “Blue and orange… is a luxe, sophisticated combination,” says designer Jennifer Worts.
Incorporate pops of pink. Homeowners Brett Sherlock and James Booty introduced this quintessential spring hue into their sitting area with a tall vase of taffy-colored blooms.
Cultivate an indoor garden. These good-looking lanterns double as a mini nursery: plants start indoors, then are carried outside to grow.
Pair white and blue. This classic color combo will bring a breezy feel to your space.
Bring in juicy color and pattern. Homeowner and designer Laurence Martocq energized her cottage living room with layers of bright pink and orange accents.
Welcome wicker. Wicker furniture’s relaxed look makes it a seasonal favorite. In this outdoor dining area, antique wicker chairs are the perfect accompaniment for a laid-back meal.
Refresh a kitchen with colorful cabinets. Designer and homeowner Michael Penney embraced his kitchen’s kitschy bones by painting the cabinets a pale blue hue. Carrera countertops give the look integrity.
Choose lighting with an airy feel. A set of rice paper pendants float like clouds in this breezy cottage entryway.
Use stripes to make a serious space feel more playful. A striped runner injects color and life into this all-white kitchen.
DIY a drawer garden. Watching flowers bud is one of the greatest joys of spring. To see how designer Joel Bray transformed an unused drawer into a mini garden table perfect for holding houseplants, click here.
Use bench seating to maximize garden views. Low-slung bench seating sets the stage for casual get togethers and won’t block budding garden vistas.
Play up artwork with flowers. A vase of forsythia is a cheeky nod to the standout art piece in designer Bobbie Burgers’ kitchen, amplifying the work’s sunny hue.
Layer quiet pattern. To ensure that this principal bedroom felt serene, the homeowners opted for wallpaper in a muted color and print.
Refresh old furniture with paint. To make this antique console feel fresh again, homeowners Sara and Michael Penney painted it a vibrant teal.
Let kids create their own spring-inspired art. Designer Bobbie Burgers’ daughter, Annaka, crafted colorful origami butterflies and affixed them to the wall above her desk as a dynamic art piece.
Store seasonal sports gear in style. Sports equipment often comes in odd shapes and sizes; keep gear like tennis racquets neatly corralled and accessible in bright canvas bins, like these easy-to-make units.
Use primary colors to enliven an entrance. An energetic, yellow-painted front door and tall cyan blue chair are both statement-making and welcoming.
Display mason jars in unconventional ways. Homeowner Kelly Anderson’s New Brunswick home celebrates a return to simplicity, and her unique light fixture is no exception. Suspended above the dining table, a quintet of mason jars shine beautifully when lit.
Use your garden’s bounty as art. H&H design editors Morgan Michener and Stacey Smithers placed these blooming hyacinths on a black background, snapped a photo, then had it blown up for a one-of-a-kind piece.
Paint a spring mural. Hand-painted murals of potted tulips give this foyer an artistic edge. To DIY your own, download the template here.
Lighten up your linens. Trade your heavy duvet for layers of lighter blankets and throws, like in this principal bedroom.
Welcome birds back after a long winter. Birdcage pendants by Mathieu Challières introduce an element of wit and whimsy into this hardworking kitchen.
Hang an African Juju hat on the wall. In search of an expected way to decorate with florals? Consider a Juju hat: their flower-like shape mimics the look of a blooming flower.
Think inside the box. In outdoor spaces with a small footprint or no grass, introduce nature by planting a tree within a steel container.
Decorate utilitarian spaces. When topped with a stack of books and pretty plants, a drab radiator transforms into a mini indoor garden.
Customize a plain chair. H&H design editor Sally Armstrong transformed a mundane seat into a personalized memento of a family vacation in Maine with a photo decal technique. Discover how she did it here.
Recreate the look of an ivy-covered cottage indoors. A trailing plant can be trained to grow up the side of a window, maturing into a romantic, natural frame.
Display potted kitchen herbs in pretty tea tins. Tins brimming with plant life welcome color and aroma to a windowsill or kitchen shelf.
Decorate with leaf prints. To ensure that this jungly wallpaper didn’t overwhelm this casual living space, H&H design editor Kai Ethier used molding to frame the print and create a trompe l’oeil effect.
Strike a balance between embellishment and simplicity. Plain white floors and wainscotting allow a lively bird-themed wallpaper to take flight in this bathroom.
Display decorative ceramics. In a kitchen with open shelving, serveware kept on display are often a highlight. Against a white backsplash, small bowls with flowery motifs add color and pattern.
Say yes to florals. A large-scale floral pattern on these bedsheets add to this bedroom’s casual spring vibe.
Choose pastel-colored accents. Homeowner and Vancouver news anchor Tamara Taggart reupholstered the end chairs in her dining room in a fabric that features soft, feminine hues.