Colonial Vase in Tobacco Brown by Bazar Bizar

Refresh for Spring
Now that spring has arrived it’s time to shake off those dark days of lockdown winter – throw open some windows, get cracking on that spring clean and maybe refresh your rooms with a few new pieces.

Amander Meade suggests some ideas around this year’s key trends to help you spruce up your home for spring.

A Lick of Paint

There’s no easier way to makeover a room scheme than with a tin of paint. If you’re unsure then just cover one feature wall with some fresh colour to try it out. If you love it you can keep going and transform the whole room in a really short space of time. To lighten up a small room or establish a great backdrop for statement furnishings, you really can’t beat the classic Dulux Brilliant White for the perfect blank canvas. 

For inspiration visit Kent Blaxhill www.kentblaxhill.co.uk in Stamford where you’ll find a huge range of paints by trusted manufacturers from Dulux and Farrow & Ball to Little Greene and Earthborn. If you have a colour in mind, bring it along and let the Kent Blaxhill colour mixing experts match it for you. 

Brown Bamboo Style Large Lantern, £45 by aroundthehousefurniture.co.uk
Hand Finished Stoneware Bowl, £12 by www.fiveanddime-interiors.com

Boho Chic

This suggestion might surprise you as a recommendation for spring but Tobacco Brown is trending as a great colour to use against bright or white wall shades. For furnishings or accessories, the natural essence of this colour takes the ever popular scandi vibe one step further down the boho chic route which is so on point at the moment. Pieces in darker shades of brown will prove great investments as they work well through all four seasons. 

Gianna LED Neon Canvas Art £265 at Audenza.com

To The Max

The sky’s the limit if you want to make a statement in your home with bold, bright colours, unusual shapes and quirky accessories. This confident, unapologetic look stems from maximalism but can be done with a more modern approach. Dive right into the fun or just dip your toe into this popular trend. The High Street is full of colourful textiles, prints and accessories and locally, the team at The Kings Cupboard in Rutland are having a ball reinventing furnishings from shades to sofas in their unique style. Their studio is home to a variety of designer fabrics, made-to-order lampshade and headboard samples plus some unique furniture finds. They also operate  Rutland’s only curtain exchange offering good quality curtains at great prices – very handy to know. www.thekingscupboard.co.uk

Stripy Tea Plates Pastels Set of 4 at www.bombayduck.com, £35

Pretty Pastels

More traditional for this time of year are soft and pretty pastel shades which are so easy to use all around the home. From a simple jug of fresh spring flowers to tableware and china,   pastels are very easy to live with. Use a pastel palette to give your rooms a soft, fresh feeling and create a calming atmosphere. Particularly good in bedrooms, introduce pastel shades through your bed linen or bedside picture frames. Elsewhere, try a touch of pastel in soft furnishings or lightshades and team them with different wood tones to create texture and interest. 

Bloomingville Boho Mirror, £90 at sweetpeaandwillow.com

Escape To The Desert

We’ve all become experts at trying to escape reality just recently and a desert inspired interior will help do just that. Tranquil colours and soft materials bring a sense of calm and allow us to dream of faraway places. From neutral hues to soft browns, greens and pinks, this trend is easy to incorporate into your décor all year round. Try adding a touch of bohemian panache by using cane, rattan or other natural materials which give a nod to 1970s styling and achieve that laid back luxe look.

Whatever your style, there’s something to suit every scheme and budget this spring from a full room revamp to a nod to your favourite trend. Buy what you love and enjoy your home.

Look out for our next blog where Lifestyle Journalist Bobby Twidale will have news and interviews from across the region.

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