My ‘Daffodil Light’ features yellow balloon light cages, zesty green fabric cable, tarnished copper E27 threaded light bulb holders and E27 pear shaped vintage light bulbs with squirrel cage filament.
The arrival of spring is a great excuse to have a general spruce up of your rooms. There’s just nothing like a good declutter, a coat of paint and a few new accessories, in vibrant spring colours, to reinvigorate a room.
I love spring. It’s my favourite time of year. The birds are singing, the mornings lighter and temperatures are slowly creeping above freezing. I can swap socks and boots for my beloved stilettos (today a very spring like tulip orange) and this year I’ve had a sudden urge to start decorating. Weird.
There’s something about the new colours of spring that make you want to freshen everything up. Maybe it’s the crisp and energising quality of spring light that makes interiors that were just fine last week, suddenly tired and dowdy. In my case my lounge and kitchen certainly needed a bit of reviving.
Inspiration: spring flowers
The surest sign of spring being well and truly on the way is the emerging buds and flowers. There’s nothing like spring flowers to remind you that the weather isn’t always this cold and grey… And I for one, love grey! First the pure white snowdrops, then the acid yellow of daffodils and rich purples and deep yellows of crocuses, followed by orange and red tulips.. But for now, my absolute favourites, the soft pinks and creamy whites of waxy magnolia buds and confetti cherry tree blossoms. Beautiful. They all just make you feel a little more alive. A little more enthusiastic about planning and actioning projects you’ve put off all winter… So let’s capitalise on this newfound energy and inject some vibrant spring colours into our homes.
Accents of bright spring colours
As I mentioned I’ve just painted my kitchen – I’ve basically swapped one pale shade of grey for another but in my defence… The first had a strange bluey undertone that just grated with me and nothing seemed to really go with. The new colour (Farrow & Ball’s Ammonite No.274) is a purer, understated grey and it’s perfect. In fact, the ideal backdrop to really make a flash of a vibrant spring colour sing…
Accents of bright spring colours will also add an edge to a darker colour palette. Tulip orange and poppy red really make a statement against dark aquamarine walls. Shades of pink look amazing against dense forest greens and a lush vibrant green against deepest navy blue is so fresh.
If you’re an all-white kind of person, be brave and try a bit of colour. A soft primrose yellow blends beautifully with white and isn’t too bold – more a suggestion of colour. Basically, it seems there’s no interior that wouldn’t benefit form an injection of spring colour.
So here are a few ideas from us on how to inject some of these fresh spring colours into your interior…
Home accessories: embellishments and trimmings in spring colours
Home accessories selected from John Lewis.
Whatever your room style or colour, it’s easy to nip online and buy a few choice accessories that will add instant colour to your room. In fact, it’s a well-established interior design ‘trick’ to update the colour of your accessories to match the impending season… Fresh, clear brights for spring, hot intense hues for summer, warm and cosy tones for autumn and clear deep shades for winter.
Lighting: fabric cable in spring colours
Fabric cable colours: Vanilla Ice Cream, Sunshine Yellow, Ivory Braided, Bottle Green and Zesty Green.
Well, I was bound to get around to what I know best. Lighting. And really it is such an easy and quick way to update a room without a whole load of hassle. With amazing results too.
If you’ve never had a go at creating your own light then do it. I recently designed my own bedside table lamp with the help of Abigail, one of my colleagues. It was a really enjoyable process and the end result has been much admired. Proud moment. So seriously have a go, I’m a convert. I started with fabric cable as that’s the colour element; I went with orange but as you can see below we have a great many spring colours to choose from.
I hope you’re inspired to either pep up you interior by adding a few spring colours or, have a go at creating your own light… Or both!