Tips for spring home decorating
Open those windows, New Yorkers, the warmer weather is coming.
It’s time to stow away the snow boots and winter parkas and move your potted plants to the terrace (OK, the balcony).
But while preparing for sunny skies and warm temperatures is fun, spring cleaning is often not. That’s why we spoke with some interior designers to gather some tips on fun ways to spruce up your home for the season that don’t involve rubber gloves and spray cleaner:
COLORS FROM THE 2013 SPRING RUNWAY are also big for interior design, said Betsy Helmuth of Affordable Interior Design. “Those colors were violet, tangerine, tender shoots green — kind of like a sprout — [and] lemon, a bright yellow,” she said.
AFRICAN-STYLE ELEMENTS AND ACCESSORIES are also hot this season, she said, such as display items for a bookcase or a rough-hewn basket for magazines.
SMALL ACCESSORIES CAN ALSO GIVE YOUR HOME AN OUTDOORS OR BEACH-LIKE FEEL, said Babi Ahluwalia of Ankasa, which has two stores in the city, including one at 424 Broome St. in SoHo. “Look for some interesting antique tiles that you may find at a local flea market or your favorite boutique and add as coasters, using your favorite color from the season,” Ahluwalia suggested. “Whether it be a cool neutral or a bright pop of color — add bits here and there, and before you know it, you have a whole new look.”
DRESSING UP YOUR WALLS is also an easy way to decorate for spring. Our designers recommended painting an accent wall in a fun, bright color — but for those who want a less permanent decoration, Brigitte Starr, an interior designer based out of the Upper West Side, suggested putting up decals. “They can take them down whenever they don’t want to have them anymore [and] they can reuse them,” she said, noting Blik Wall Decals is a good place to get them (whatisblik.com).
FRESH FLOWERS ARE POPULAR IN SPRING, but they die and can be expensive to replace. Starr recommended potting bulbs and putting them on a table. She prefers hyacinth, tulips and daffodils. Another plus to potted bulbs is that they’ll bloom again next spring. “You just have to keep them in a dry, dark place, and they come back every year,” she said. Helmuth favors the paper flowers being sold this spring at stories like Anthropologie, which has a few locations in Manhattan, including 375 W. Broadway, and West Elm, at 112 W. 18th St.