5 Easy & Colorful Spring Decorating Ideas

March 28, 2019

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Now that we’re finally seeing some buds on the trees here in Washington, DC (yay!), I’m excited to share a few spring decorating ideas for your home.

If you’re ready to shake off the winter blues and spruce up your house as the warm weather rolls in, then today’s your lucky day. Because not only am I sharing spring decorating ideas with you, but 15 stylish ladies (including yours truly!) are spilling all our seasonal decorating tips and tricks as part of the It’s a Colorful Life 2019 Spring Home Tour.  It’s hosted by my talented friends Jewel of Jeweled Interiors and Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles, and I’m so grateful they invited me to be part of it.

So here’s what you need to know: Over the course of three days, all 15 ladies participating in the tour are writing up one post that’s chock full of their best spring decorating tips. And they are good, you guys. Like real good.

If you’re joining me from Pencil Shavings Studio, welcome! I’m so thrilled to have you and I hope you get some good spring decorating inspiration from my tips below.

For the full list of everyone participating in the tour and the links to their blog posts and amazing tips, check out the list at the bottom of this post.

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5 Easy, Budget-Friendly Spring Decorating Ideas

Let’s be real: As soon as the weather warms up, life gets really busy. There’s sports practices and neighborhood barbecues and….

But I bet you can still find a free 10 minutes here or there, right?!

Then you can “decorate” for spring, my friend.

And by “decorate,” I mean using my easy spring decorating ideas to freshen up your home, and fast. Most of my tips will take 10 minutes or less of your time, and all of ’em are easy on your wallet. After that, sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy your pretty house. And did I mention all the compliments you’ll get from your guests? Look at you, Martha Stewart. We can call you Martha, right?

Tip 1: Fresh Flowers FTW

Fresh flowers are always an easy game changer for any room in your home. Sure, they’re available year round, but springtime ushers in some of my favorite kinds of blooms like tulips and hydrangeas. I grabbed a bouquet of hydrangeas at the grocery store this past weekend and split up the bunch between a couple different vases.

Here’s my favorite ginger jar filled with hydrangeas that is my go-to coffee table vase:

colorful living room spring decorating 1

Blue and white ginger jar (from At Home Stores, here’s one that’s similar) | Hammered metal coffee table | Rug | White media cabinet | Orange lamp | White gallery wall frames

And then I grabbed a single hydrangea stem and a bit of greenery and popped it into a clear vase. Wanna know a secret? My “vase” isn’t a vase at all. It’s the bottom portion of an apothecary jar I once used for a birthday party candy bar.

colorful living room spring decorating 2

White media cabinet | Orange lamp | White gallery wall frames | Black and white spotted tray (no longer available, but this one’s similar)

That said, don’t be afraid to embrace florals other than the “standard” spring flowers. Sure, everybody goes gaga for tulips, but the lush greenery that’s usually dubbed as “vase fillers” in the corner of the flower department can be just as beautiful as a collection of more colorful stems, plus they’re generally cheaper.

My local Whole Foods Market has THE best “vase fillers” right now for $6 a bouquet. They are amazing and I buy two every time I go to the grocery store. Right now I have one bouquet in our dining room and the other on our fireplace mantel in the living room.

Here it is in our dining room! See what I mean?!

colorful dining room spring decorating

Striped tall vase (HomeGoods, but here’s a similar one) | Chair covers (these are covers for IKEA chairs) | Yellow table runner | Green buffet lamps | Black and white wall mirror | Brass bar cart

And here’s my other vase of greenery in our living room. (Yep, I sure do own two of the same vase. I am also that person who buys a t-shirt she loves in every color of the rainbow. When ya love something, ya love it, right?)

colorful living room spring mantel

Striped tall vase (HomeGoods, but here’s a similar one) | Amalfi Coast print | White gallery wall frames | Brass fireplace screen

Tip 2: Rock a New Centerpiece

You’re probably sitting there thinking, “She just told me to buy some flowers. What else would I have in the middle of my table?”

My favorite alternative to a bouquet of flowers is a pretty bowl filled with fruit. It’s easy, inexpensive, beautiful, and healthy (for those moments when, you know, your kids start eating said centerpiece). Pick one type of fruit — my favorites are green apples, oranges, and lemons — and fill ‘er up. You’ll instantly brighten up your table, and your kiddos will have a delicious snack waiting for them within arm’s reach.

colorful spring decorating ideas kitchen

White ruffled centerpiece bowl | Colorful melamine salad plates | Water hyacinth place mats | White round 48″ dining table | Dining chairs

Tips 3: Brighten Up Your Dinner Table

There are plenty of ways to add pops of fresh color to your home, but one of my favorite ways to embrace color — especially in the warmer months — is to bring bold hues and patterns to our dinner table:

colorful dining room spring decorating birdseye

Striped tall vase (HomeGoods, but here’s a similar one) | Colorful chair covers (these are covers for IKEA chairs) | Yellow table runner | Green buffet lamps | Black and white wall mirror | Brass bar cart

colorful dining room spring decorating tablescape 2

Striped tall vase (HomeGoods, but here’s a similar one) | Colorful chair covers (these are covers for IKEA chairs) | Yellow table runner

EVERYTHING ON OUR TABLE IS KID FRIENDLY. Yep, that’s right. Nothing here (except my vase in the middle of the table) will break. It’s all plastic. And for those of us with toddlers around, that is the best news ever.

If I had to choose just one colorful item to freshen up family meals, I’d choose a fun set of melamine plates. I can’t say enough great things about melamine dishware: It’s durable, kid-friendly (Nope, your toddler can’t ruin this!), affordable, and comes in tons of great styles.

colorful dining room spring tablescape

Striped tall vase (HomeGoods, but here’s a similar one) | Colorful chair covers (these are covers for IKEA chairs) | Yellow table runner | Blue and white melamine dinner plates | White melamine square appetizer plates | Green and white spotted napkins

The blue and white shibori-printed plates I bought last year from One Kings Lane are my FAVORITE. We use them year round. And they look so pretty with lots of other colored and patterned dishware, so mix and match until your heart’s content!

And P.S. — That flatware? I scored an entire box of it — 120 pieces, to be exact — at Michael’s for a mere $12. Helloooooooo, new party staple. I’m obsessed.

Tip 4: Try Some New (Colorful!) Wall Art

There are so many great wall art shops that sell digital downloads these days, which means that there’s really no excuse not to refresh your wall art once in a while. And there’s no better time than spring to add another pop of personality to your walls!

colorful dining room gallery wall art

Striped tall vase (HomeGoods, but here’s a similar one) | Colorful chair covers (these are covers for IKEA chairs) | Yellow table runner | Blue and white melamine dinner plates | White melamine square appetizer plates | Green and white spotted napkins

I’ve got an entire post on my favorite shops that offer downloadable wall art prints. While most of the artwork you see here in our dining room isn’t the digital download/printable variety, it was still quite affordable.

Tip 5: Embrace Natural and Organic Textures

Springtime is a great excuse to bring more natural and organic textures into your home decor to make things feel light and airy. Think about materials like rattan (trays, baskets, planters) and wood (serving bowls, accent tables, coffee table trays). I snagged this cute ice bucket with a rattan accent at HomeGoods for $10.

spring decorating dining room colorful ideas

Green buffet lamps | Black and white wall mirror | Ice bucket with rattan detail (from HomeGoods, but here’s a similar one)

And how gorgeous does it look in front of our new black and white Varaluz mirror? I am seriously obsessed with that mirror, you guys, and it was far more affordable than most of the “statement mirrors” I typically come across.

Here’s one more photo of the mirror — I couldn’t resist.

colorful dining room spring decorating ideas varaluz mirror

Green buffet lamps | Black and white wall mirror | Ice bucket with rattan detail (from HomeGoods, but here’s a similar one)

Don’t forget to pop over to At Charlotte’s House — she’s the last “stop” on the spring home tour and she’s got a great post waiting for ya.

And be sure to check out all the talented ladies who are sharing their spring decorating tips today…

 

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  1. loving all of the pattern play Kate! So many fun colors!

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    • Thanks so much, Jewel!

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  2. It’s all so good! Loving the patterns in the dining room!

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    • You are so sweet, Kathryn! Thank you!

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  3. Can’t get enough of your dining room! Those chairs really pop!

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    • Thanks, lady! Those chairs are my fave…so bummed they discontinued the fabric!

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    • Thank you, Jennifer! It was so much fun to participate and amazing to see everyone’s homes decorated for the season.

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  4. GORGEOUS KATE! Loving all of your bright dining room pieces and that art!!! Such a colorful space and full of spring vibes.

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    • Thank you so much, Stephanie! I’ve been playing around with the art for a while and I think I’ve finally gotten it right. 🙂

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