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Brandon Dining Chairs in Black from Freedom Furniture

How to Give your Home a Make-Under this Spring

You’ll find loads of blogs and mags giving you ideas to inject new-season colours, patterns and textures into your home over the coming weeks. And I’m totally guilty as charged in this area.

I love nothing more than going out and buying a few new (and affordable) pieces to liven up my abode when a new season rolls around. And sidenote: you’ll find loads of inspiration on the blog this month on spring decorating if you want to revamp some of the rooms in your home.

But sometimes your home is in dire need of a make-under, right? I’m not talking a completely minimalist design, but heading in that direction.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by growing clutter, mounting mess and way too many blankets from what was a rather long winter, it’s time to #ShakeitOff and pare it back for Spring.

Here’s how to get it right.

How to Give your Home a Make-Under this Spring

Camilla Sofa in grey from Freedom Furniture

Start in the Living Room

First, you need to ditch the throws on your sofa. I know that Winter was all about layering, and nothing made the space feel more inviting than faux fur throws, chunky cable knits and mountains of tassels.

Now that spring is here, it’s time to strip your lounge room back. That includes cushions, too. I am an absolute cushion hoarder, but even I know that any more than three on a two seater sofa is excessive.

If you’re keen to keep it minimal (which will make the space feel cleaner and lighter) try no more than two cushions on a couch. If you have oodles of them, consider popping some away in cupboards. I love nothing more than rotating homewares every few weeks!

Also consider cleaning and clearing the coffee table. Think about a minimalistic design here and consider a plant in a cute concrete pot.

Low shelves or hall tables don’t need much – if anything – on top of them. Try putting eye-catching art above a low shelf instead and make that your focal point.

Opt for a lighter rug. In winter, thick plush varieties were king. Now that spring is here, consider a lighter option (I adore a thin cow hide).

Pinata Party Bedding set from Hunting for George

Let’s Strip Back your Bedroom

My bedroom looked like a showroom for throws and pillows in Winter. It has been a cold one in Melbourne and I was layering on top of the bed like there was no tomorrow. Now that the weather is getting warmer, strip it back on your bed top. This includes removing (and throwing away if you can) your European pillows.

I wrote about the death of the Euro pillow on the blog recently, so consider really going for a minimal look on top of your bed.

Consider paring back your bedside table styling, too. It will make your room (especially if it’s a smaller one) feel lighter and larger. Keep it to a lamp and two accompanying ornaments. A succulent or cactus in a pot is a good idea here too – bring the outdoors in and rock the indoor plant trend!

Nothing gives me greater pleasure than clearing out the wardrobe of all the bulky jackets and reorganising it for Spring. Think about clever storage solutions to make getting ready easier and cryovac the winter coats and jackets and pop them under your bed.

Gelato Outdoor Dining Table in Turquoise from Freedom Furniture

It’s time to meet your Garden again

I haven’t looked at my courtyard for three months. It’s at the top of my apartment and I wouldn’t be surprised if a family of wild Minor Birds has claimed it as their own.

When it comes to your own outdoor area – be it a balcony, courtyard, garden or yard – you probably need to face it again and give it a good clean. An overgrown, wild garden can look nice, but this season I’m going for a much cleaner look and feel. Think only a few large and lush green plants in cement pots, clean lines when it comes to outdoor seating and minimal outdoor cushions and mats.

If you have an area that’s tight on space, think about stackable stools and other items that don’t take up a lot of the footprint in the area. Less is definitely more here. Just add interest through colour instead of cramming in too many bits and pieces.

Are you going for a minimalist design this season? Drop me a comment below and let me know how you welcome in spring at home!

Bedroom Image in this post comes courtesy of Hunting for George. All other images via Freedom.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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One Response

  1. Great tips and I think once summer is here- less stuff equals less to clean
    And I love your cushion quota Hahahahhaha I could have unlimited also

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