Spring is the perfect time of the year to inject some colour and fun into your home. You don’t have to go crazy painting walls and wallpapering the downstairs loo; instead introduce it in small bright bursts for an instant change.
Annie Sloans chalk paints are fantastic to paint over any surface. It means you don’t have to spend hours sanding and priming. Look on her website for ‘how to’ instructions and videos. It’s a great product for up-cycling.
Why not get crafty and make your own basket for your bike. Ours was made by sewing four pieces of fabric together, roughly napkin size, then turning them inside out and attaching ribbon on the back to tie to the bike. You could also try making it with oilcloth for all weather conditions, plus you don’t need to worry about fraying edges.
Cushions are a really easy and cheap way to add pops of colour to your home. You can really mix and match or just invest in one beautiful cushion that takes pride of place on your favourite chair or bed.
Wallpaper does not have to go on walls in the traditional sense. These clouds would look great in a nursery or kid’s playroom. Wallpaper in between shelves; wallpaper a piece of furniture then varnish over the top; cover ugly books on a shelf with wallpaper; cover a wall with a collage of wallpaper samples… Look out for wallpapers designed AND produced in the UK; we particularly love the papers here by Miss Print.
Tablecloths are another instant and fairly cheap way to add colour and print. Zara Home and Anthropologie are fantastic shops for bright and interesting tablecloths. If you can wash a fabric then you can hem it and turn it into a tablecloth. There are some amazing fabrics out there that may be too much for curtains but could make a fantastic tablecloth.
Washi or wasabi tapes are every stylist or designers favorite product at the moment. You can use it on walls to create images, names and numbers. Type it into Pinterest and see the huge variety of possibilities.
Adding and mixing fun coloured and patterned china to your existing white china instantly adds colour to your home. One incredibly bowl on the table; or some beautiful patterned plates for breakfast or desserts. You can mix new and vintage and just buy one every so often.