8 Ways to Usher in the Start of Spring

A new season is the perfect time for a quick refresh!

The Spring Equinox — aka the official start of spring — took place at 6:28 AM on March 20th. About an hour later I slipped on my snow boots and winter coat before heading to the office, so it didn't exactly feel like spring to me.

But I'm not letting the lingering snow or threat of another freeze keep me from celebrating the reset that comes with a fresh season. Even though it might be a few weeks until I can whisk open my windows to greet a gentle breeze or retire my tights and sweaters, I'm going to start embracing spring right now. And you can too by making a few changes to your space that echo the changing temps outside.

1. Swap out heavy throws and bedding.

As seen on Fixer Upper, the renovated master bedroom in the Flip house has freshly painted walls and hardwood floors. (After #16)

Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

One of the easiest ways to separate your winter decor from spring is by having designated bedding and blankets for each season. Those flannel sheets and faux fur throws may feel cozy in cold weather, but once the temps start creeping up they'll be unbearably warm. Try a more breathable percale or sateen for your sheets, and tuck away your thick throws in favor of something lighter and a little sheer.

2. Stock up on seasonal sips.

Cold weather has its own set of go-to drinks (red wine, hot toddys, stouts, etc.) but with the start of spring comes the return of refreshing wines and cocktails. I'm personally partial to rosé in spring and summer, so I love to pick up a few different varieties right at the beginning of spring, before the stores are picked over. These options from Saved ($15), Meiomi ($24.99), and M de Minuty ($19) are all on my list this year.

3. Accessorize with warm weather prints.

Kitchen Counter and Pineapple Wallpaper

Kitchen Counter and Pineapple Wallpaper

Pineapples are a fun pairing in this kitchen where a mini fridge and wide countertops make for easy entertaining.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

John Woodcock Photography

Spring lends itself particularly well to the trendy warm weather prints — think: pineapples & palm trees — we've been seeing the past few years, and luckily a little goes a long way. Consider finding a cute art print on Etsy or bringing in trendy figurines or pillow covers to add some fun to your space.

4. Break out the spring scents.

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

DIY Dip Dyed Citronella Candles

These stylish citronella candles are a triple threat. They’re pretty, functional and will keep the mosquitoes away.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

I love winter candles and soap as much as the next fragrance fiend, but it's officially time to retire your balsam, pine, and holiday scents. Try something light and refreshing with a clean citrus finish instead.

5. Wake up your windows.

Blue Swivel Chair With Neutral Side Table and Sheer Curtains

Blue Swivel Chair With Neutral Side Table and Sheer Curtains

A custom swivel chair offers a great view of the room, while an adjacent side table begs for a drink and a book. The subtle pastel color of the chair brings a fresh hue to the neutral background.

Photo by: Barbara Gilbert

Barbara Gilbert

Even if you're not quite ready to actually have your windows open, why not get them ready for sunnier days? Take time to remove storm windows, add screens and clean off any dust and debris gathering on the sill. If you want to get even springier, pick up a pair of lightweight curtains to add some movement.

6. Bring nature inside.

Gold Shelf With Palm Tree Table Lamp

Gold Shelf With Palm Tree Table Lamp

This eclectic bedroom earns a dose of glamour with gold accents, like this shelf and flower vase. A palm tree table lamp with a black shade adds a fun touch, while a seashell and geode provide natural decor.

Photo by: Carolina Mariana Photography, Aimee Mazzenga Photography

Carolina Mariana Photography, Aimee Mazzenga Photography

Fresh florals just scream spring. And even if you don't have the time or budget to make flower runs every week, treating yourself to a beautiful bouquet right now is a great way to bring spring inside (even if it still feels like winter outside).

7. Wipe away winter.

dbas297_Dust-Mop

dbas297_Dust-Mop

Say goodbye to the snow, ice and rain residue that's been quietly settling into your floors by taking the time to mop up now. You'll feel refreshed immediately, and hey, after a chore like that you'll more than deserve one of your seasonal sips.

8. Prep your closets.

Plenty of Storage

Plenty of Storage

A large white built-in storage system inside the terrace bedroom's walk-in closet offers organization for clothes, shoes and more.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Ahh the most dreaded chore of them all, but don't worry this isn't a full closet cleanse. Simply get ready for warmer days, and the possibility of another few cold fronts, by bringing some of your favorite light pieces to the front of your closet. After the weather totally changes you'll already be one step closer to swapping your winter clothes for your warm weather wardrobe.

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