9 Refreshing + Budget Decorating Ideas for Spring
Update your home for the season with our refreshing (and almost free!) decorating ideas.
At the top on our list this season are some fresh and easy decor updates that won’t break the bank. We’re talking about things like bringing in flowers or greenery, updating with zesty new colors and switching out accessories for lighter, "spring-ier" options.
I’ve gathered up some of my favorite budget-style upgrades that will help you freshen up your space and welcome spring into your home with a bang.
Supermarket Flower Arrangements
Fresh flowers are one of my very favorite spring updates, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get that chic, florist-designed look at home. Most supermarkets these days have a great selection of fresh flowers. And if you’re less comfortable creating your own arrangements, simply buy several bouquets of one color or type of flower and put them in a vase.
"These three flowers always look sophisticated: white tulips, white roses (the more open, the better) and Casablanca lilies. Arrange eight to 10 of each in a colored enamel pitcher or vase. To prevent the flowers from looking too wedding-y, keep the blooms kind of messy and asymmetrical," says Emily Henderson, Secrets From a Stylist.
Groupings of Light Decor
Using decorative, sculptural white elements can help take the focus off of pieces not meant to stand out. In this case, an assortment of hand-made ceramic sculptures was placed in front of a 42-inch flat panel TV. Although the TV is meant for use at night, during the day, the extra layer of decorative white becomes the focus.
Light, bright colors always scream spring to me. This is also a perfect example of how you can use groupings of objects to create some visual interest on a bookshelf, table or mantel. Even without flowers in them, vases work great as decor!
Other items like small bowls, little statues or bookends can be grouped together to create a similar effect. Other fun spring color options can include pinks, blues or coral.
These varied height vases from Z Gallerie would be a great jumpstart to your collection.
Make a Terrarium
If you’re a bit gun-shy about bringing some large plants into your home that need to be cared for, you might want to consider making a small terrarium.
You can use a large glass bowl, vase or fish bowl and easily add some of your favorite small plants or succulents. You can also move your terrarium around your house, depending on where the best light is coming from.
Make It: How to Make Your Own Terrarium
Sand Art + Plants
Sand art terrariums are one of 40 easy-to-do projects in Stephanie Rose’s book Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life. They're charming additions to a tabletop, especially when used for a wedding or bridal or baby shower. When selecting the plants for this project, be sure to use those with similar light and water requirements.
Garden Made by Stephanie Rose
Terrariums take on a new twist in Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life, by Vancouver author Stephanie Rose. Rose, who blogs about gardening, cooking and crafting at Garden Therapy, adds layers of colored sand to her glass gardens. Although sand art has been around since the '70s, it feels fresh and trendy when used with your favorite mini houseplants.
Arranging the Plant
Place the plant, still in its pot, on top of the foam. For this terrarium, Rose used a cyclamen, shown here (Hypoestes phyllostachya ‘Pink’) and Phyllitis scolopendrium (not shown). Janit Calvo, author of Gardening in Miniature and owner of Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center, says mosses, miniature African violets, 'Needlepoint' English ivy (Hedera helix ‘Needlepoint’) and dwarf or miniature ferns can grow well in open terrariums with bright, indirect light.
Covering the Plant Roots With Sand
Use the end of the paintbrush to hold the leaves out of the way, Rose says, and add more layers of colored sand until the plant's roots are covered. Use the brush bristles to gently sweep away any sand or sand dust from the plant and the inside and outside of the container.
Miniature Plants for Terrariums
Many small plants will grow in a terarrium. Janit Calvo, author of Gardening in Miniature and owner of Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center, suggests mosses, miniature African violets, 'Needlepoint' English ivy (Hedera helix ‘Needlepoint’) and dwarf or miniature ferns. Shown here: African violet 'Pixie Blue', a miniature trailer.
Caring for a Terrarium
“For a longer-lasting terrarium, give your plant lots of room to grow,” Rose says. “If the plant’s roots are crowded in the pot it was purchased in, pot it up into the largest container that still fits inside the vase.”
Watering a Terrarium
Rose suggests watering your terrarium with a dropper or turkey baster, or try “a watering can with a thin spout that can direct the water to the soil just under the leaves.” The absorbent florist foam will take up the excess water. Trim back plants as flowers fade or leaves grow tall.
Add or Switch Out a Throw
Living Room Sofa With Globe and Throw
Ever thought of using the colors of sherbet for decorating your home? Well, why not? The timeless combination of mint green, sherbet orange and white is certain to never go out of style. For best results, choose a shade of mint that falls into the sea foam family to ensure the color reads more green than blue or aqua.
Flynnside Out Productions
If you’ve had a cozy, furry, fall throw draped over the back of your sofa or chair, now is a great time to switch it up with something a bit brighter and lighter for spring. This is bright, beautiful kantha throw that would work great as a spring-y option in your living room or bedroom.
For a more budget-friendly option, consider simply using some bright, colorful fabric you have leftover from another project, or opt for a brightly colored scarf from your closet.
Use Fruit or Veggies as Decor
With many more fruits and vegetable in season, an easy option is to try using some lush groupings of fruit as decor on your dining room table or in your kitchen.
You can create a mixture of different fruits for a great pop of color, or stick to a simpler grouping for a more streamlined look. And of course, you should choose your fruit and vegetables based on what your family already loves to eat!
Here is a pretty hammered gold serving bowl that would work great for oranges and clementines, lemons or even bananas.
Put an Herb Garden in Your Kitchen
Another great option for dipping your toes into the world of gardening is to create a small herb garden in your kitchen. Just like with the fruit, these are both beautiful to look at, and super functional if you’re someone who already loves to cook.
A window is a great spot for your herb garden, but clearing some room on your counter works well, too. You can choose to use beautiful vintage tins or small flower pots from your local hardware store.
Make It: How to Plant a Mini Herb Garden
You will need: 1” conduit (enough to make two pieces as long as your window is wide)/ tape measure/ permanent marker/ closet bar mounts (2 sets)/ pipe cutter/ screwdriver/ small galvanized buckets with handles (enough to fit width of window twice with a little room between each one)/ an awl/ potting soil/ trowel/ variety of herbs/ adhesive numbers (optional)/ craft knife (optional)
Determine where your bars will hang. Begin at thirds, but make adjustments as necessary depending on the height of the window, where the bottom of the pots will fall, and where the locks for the window are located. Install the closed-sided mount first with the included screws. Insert one of the cut pipes into the closed-sided mount and hold it in the open-sided half of the mount on the opposite side of the window. Use a level to make sure the pipe is even and mark the screw holes of the open-sided mount. Remove the pipe and attach the open-sided mount to the wall with the included screws.
Place the Plants
Carefully remove the plants from their containers, loosen the roots slightly and place in the buckets. Use more soil to fill in around the sides and pack lightly. Raise the handle of the bucket until it is completely upright. Carefully work taller plants around the handle so half of the plant is on each side.
Light a Fresh Spring Candle
While decor and greenery is a great way to spring-ify your home, don’t forget about the magic of scent. A favorite, easy, seasonal update I always like to use is candles. Florals and fruity smells always remind me of spring, and this gardenia and fig candle is a fave of mine for this time of year.
Discount home stores always have a great, inexpensive selection of candles, so try to find your favorite spring scent and buy a couple different ones so you have options.
Switch Out Your Hand Soap
In addition to candles, another great trick is to switch out your hand soap with a bright, fragrant spring option. You can update the soap in your bathrooms, guest bathrooms and even at your kitchen sink.
I think this lemon/mint scent from Method is the perfect spring scent.
Spring-ify Your Linens or Towels
Another easy spring upgrade is to simply switch out your towels or bed linens. Most of us have a few different sets of sheets for the beds in our homes, so why not save the lighter, brighter sheets sets for spring?
If you don’t have any existing spring options in your linen closet, consider making a smaller update such as adding a spring-y throw pillow to your bed or simply replacing the hand towels in your guest bathroom.
These minty-green hand towels would make the perfect spring upgrade.
Create a Focal Point
Consider creating a focal point on a patio wall or fence. Blank spaces are nothing more than an artist’s canvas, so do your thing! We used four quarts of paint and a template; the funky design of the mural really helped renew an aging fence. Get the How-To >>
Give Old Furniture New Life
Before you put an old dresser or console on the curb, consider giving it new life as a hard-working piece of outdoor furniture. A fresh coat of exterior paint, new rope pulls and affordable pegboard transformed this castoff into the perfect spot for mixing up a cocktail or potting spring florals. Get the How-To >>
Add Ambient Lighting
When it comes to outdoor entertaining after dark, ambient lighting adds sophistication to any get-together. Sure, real candlelight is nice, but the convenience and safety of today’s programmable battery-operated LED candles are hard to resist.
Go With a Bold Palette
One way to give your patio or porch some instant personality is with bold color. For example, mix similar shades of blues and greens; it will give you a layered look that’s vibrant without being too busy. Spring Colors to Try Now >>