It’s going to be in the 60s next week here in New York, and you know what that means! Time to open the windows, let some fresh air in, and tackle all of the spring cleaning you’ve put off during your winter nesting. To get you started, the Kuotes spoke to some of our favorite interior designers (you may have seen them on our Instagram), including our very own Kathy Kuo. Read what they have to say!
“Change over your throw cushions. I have two sets for my kitchen living room—a warm, rust/orange and taupe set that are perfect for autumn and winter, but as soon as spring comes, I change over to a taupe, grey and purple set which feels lighter, fresher and more apt for spring and summer. I also love to use blossom and hyacinths, tulips and any flower that emerges from a bulb as soon as we hit February—it’s a great reminder that spring and summer are on their way! When you live in a colder climate as I do near London, you don’t really need an excuse to embrace spring wholeheartedly!”
“Nothing makes me feel more like spring is in the air than pops of color! Switch out some of your darker and cozier winter throw pillows for fun and bright, coral and turquoise pillows. Fold up your cashmere and cable knit throws, and replace them with light and vibrant ones! For me, I love to walk into my house and see fresh flowers—whether it is a large centerpiece bouquet, mason jars with fresh cut wild flowers, or tiny bud vases with tulips.”
“As a dyed-in-the-wool southerner, one significant thing we do to refresh a room for spring or summer is cover the upholstered furniture with crisp, white, cotton or linen slipcovers. It’s an instant facelift for any room. Trending right now (even though I’m not trendy) is the color green… A bright, clear, sharp grass green—I feel like it’s everywhere for this coming year.”
“Step one: Edit your space. Get rid of unnecessary knick-knacks, and really clean up the surfaces around your house. Step two: Give your place a fresh coat of paint. Nothing says spring like a fresh coat of white paint on your tired furniture or walls. In terms of decorating, swap out your heavy fur throws and pillows for some light and crisp silk or linen pillows and throws. And don’t forget to add in fresh cut flowers throughout your space to sprinkle a little spring around your home.”
“Spring is such a special time of year. Filled with light and life, it offers us all a period for reflection and I find that I’m always inspired to freshen up the spaces where I spend the most of my time. Although it’s not always seen by guests, your bedroom is where you kick off your shoes, unwind with a good book, and rest your head, making it a very significant space. You can make a dramatic change by simply rotating your bedding based on the season. Change out dark, heavy fabrics for lighter, more airy blends and darker hues for calmer, cooler ones, and voilà, you’ve just transformed your cozy winter cave into your light and bright spring-time sanctuary. On the topic of light and airy fabrics, you may also want to take a look at your windows. If they’re framed by a dense, moody fabric you might be missing out on that gorgeous, natural spring light that lends everything it touches a nice, healthy glow. Rotate in drapery in a soft linen blend and your home will feel refreshed in a flash.”