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

Bohemian-Inspired Vases and Jars

Bohemian-Inspired Vases and Jars

With a few simple drawing techniques, make these bohemian-inspired jars to decorate your home.

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.

HGTV Celebrity Flower Arrangements

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Grocery Store Flower Challenge

HGTV Magazine sent 10 HGTV stars to the supermarket to pick their favorite blooms and arrange them in a creative container.

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Bright Bouquet

"I like a combo of mini carnations and spray roses in bright colors like red, yellow and orange. Mix lots of them together in a metal champagne bucket," says Cortney Novogratz, Home By Novogratz.

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Carrot Top Hydrangeas

"Try carrot tops: Clip a bundle from two bunches of carrots, add hydrangeas and place them loosely in an apothecary jar," says Casey Noble, Design on a Dime.

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Sophisticated Trio

"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.

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Gerbera Daisies

"Soak empty Orangina bottles in warm water, then peel off the labels and put a gerbera daisy in each bottle. I like to line them up down a table," says Monica Pedersen, HGTV Dream Home.

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Contrasting Colors

"Fill a porcelain crock with a full bundle of orange roses and purple statice cut so the blooms are just above the rim. Add a few orange calla lilies snipped a little taller than the other flowers," says Meg Caswell, Meg's Great Rooms.

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Rosemary Carnations

"Take a bunch of white carnations, remove the leaves, then cut the stems down to a few inches. Add fresh rosemary and cluster them tightly in small jars set inside vintage tea tins," says Danielle Colding, Shop This Room.

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Red & White

"My no-fail bouquet: red roses with a border of white roses in a mercury-glass vase. You could even add a few more white ones in the middle, slightly raised," says David Bromstad, HGTV Design Star.

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Stripped Alstroemeria

"Put a dozen alstroemeria with the leaves stripped off in a tall white lacquer container. Stick with one color, then add stems of lemon leaf, which is often used as filler in premade bouquets," says Taniya Nayak, House Hunters on Vacation.

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Spider Mums

"Spider mums feel exotic. Fill a low cube vase with river rocks, then stick a single bloom cut very short in the middle," says Vern Yip, HGTV Design Star.

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Rose & Waxflower

"I love the beautiful simplicity of yellow roses and purple waxflower in a mason jar filled about three fourths with water. It makes a gorgeous country-style arrangement," says Amie Sikes, Junk Gypsies.

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Groupings of Light Decor

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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

Create a Water Terrarium Arrangement

Create a Water Terrarium Arrangement

Use fresh flowers and greenery from your garden to create this simple but stunning display.

Photo by: Photo by Heidi Geldhauser/Design by Linsday Coletta

Photo by Heidi Geldhauser/Design by Linsday Coletta

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.

How to Make a Sand Art Terrarium

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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.

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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. 

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Terrarium Supplies

To make the terrarium, you’ll need these materials: florist foam / a knife / a glass vase / colored sand / a paintbrush / a cloth / and assorted miniature tropical plants that will fit in your container.

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Floral Foam

Begin by using a sharp knife to cut the florist foam so that it will fit into your vase.

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Arranging the Floral Foam

Make sure the foam isn’t too thick. When the potted plant is placed on top of it, the plant shouldn’t stick out above the top of the vase.

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Adding Colored Sand

“Pour one color of sand around the foam to hold it in place,” Rose says.

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Layers of Colored Sand

Now add a layer of sand in a different color. Repeat until the sand comes to the top of the florist foam.

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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. 

Photo By: Stephanie Rose/Roost Books ©From Garden Made by Stephanie Rose, © 2015 by Stephanie Rose. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boston, MA. www.roostbooks.com

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. 

Photo By: Stephanie Rose/Roost Books ©From Garden Made by Stephanie Rose, © 2015 by Stephanie Rose. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boston, MA. www.roostbooks.com

Maintaining a Sand Art Terrarium

Trim your plant as needed to maintain its size, and remove any flowers when they fade.

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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. 

Photo By: Winston J. Goretsky/African Violet Society of America

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.”

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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.

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Add or Switch Out a Throw

Living Room Sofa With Globe and 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.

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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

Galvanized Metal Tray

Galvanized Metal Tray

A galvanized tray with twine detailing houses candles and fruit in this newly renovated kitchen.

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and If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen

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Todd Douglas / Getty Images

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

Windowsill Herb Garden

Windowsill Herb Garden

Create a kitchen windowsill garden for the winter months. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs hand-picked herbs, such as Thai basil, basil, lemon mint and rosemary, that need sunlight during the day.

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Casto Photography & Cinema

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

Window-Mounted Hanging Herb Garden

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Herbs at your fingertips

Have your favorite herbs nearby for your cooking adventures with this window mount herb garden. 

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Gather Materials

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)

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Cut the Pipe

Measure the width of your window. Subtract 1/8” to 1/4” from that measurement to account for the closet bar mounts. Use that measurement to mark the 1” conduit and cut two pieces with a pipe cutter.

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Install Mounts

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. 

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Make Drainage Holes

Use an awl to poke five to six small holes in the bottom of each of the galvanized buckets.

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Add Soil

Add soil to the bottom of each of the buckets.

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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. 

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Place the Plants on the Pipe

Place the pipe inside the handles of one set of plants. Carefully work it between the stems of taller plants. Install the pipe with the plants on the closet bar mounts you have installed.

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Add Fun Touches

Add some fun to the front of your buckets. We used simple numbers to add a graphic element to our buckets, but you could add labels, too. Chalkboard paint could work, but be careful not to wash away your label when watering the plants. 

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Finishing touches

Give the plants a good watering and take some time to distribute them evenly along the bars. 

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Herb garden where you need it

By placing this simple hanging herb garden in a sunny kitchen window, you can ensure that you will have fresh herbs year-round for your cooking needs. 

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Light a Fresh Spring Candle

A close-up of the side table in the master bedroom of the newly renovated Eggers home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

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

HGTV Smart Home 2014 Kitchen Cleansers

HGTV Smart Home 2014 Kitchen Cleansers

Continuing a focus on bright and spotless, these all-purpose cleaning supplies are fresh-smelling and tough-acting.

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Eric Perry, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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

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Tomas Espinoza/Flynnsideout Prod

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.

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Use Indoor Accessories

Don’t limit yourself to just outdoor furnishings when it comes to making your outdoor spaces comfortable and inviting. Bring out your favorite throw pillows and blankets when you’re ready to entertain.

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Opt for Weather-Friendly Faux Finishes

Keep an eye out for furnishings with attractive faux finishes that will hold up to the elements. This table looks like weathered wood, but it’s actually a lightweight metal.

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Paint Dated Brick

Even the ugliest brick, whether it’s on the wall or a patio floor, can be dealt with quickly and affordably. Go with a high-quality paint in a classic shade, or try something new with a bold, fresh hue. You’ll be glad you did.

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Ground the Space

Nothing defines and grounds a space faster than a rug or two. If you have a large area and your budget is tight, consider putting two rugs together.

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Add Privacy + Shade

Whether you have neighbors right on top of you or you live on a five-acre lot, outdoor curtains are always a good idea. They provide privacy and shade so you can enjoy your outdoor living areas without having to endure the sun’s scorching rays.

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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. 

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Go Vertical With Greenery

If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, consider going vertical. Whether it’s faux or real, going up the walls with greenery is a great way to soften hard surfaces and add a “living” element to your overall decor.

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Mix in Mix-and-Match Planters

Upgrade your planters, and be sure to mix and match colors, shapes and sizes. The key is to keep all the planters in the same general style or color family for a cohesive look. Groupings in odd numbers look best.

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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 >>

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