Using accessories for spring decorating is one of the easiest and most affordable ways I know to create a lighter feel and a pretty spring palette to any room. I’ve been busy giving our living room a lighter touch and more seasonal color. I’ve got some great ideas to show you about how to decorate your living room for spring just by changing out your accessories. I love accessories for their versatility, affordability, and just darn right cuteness.
Our living room is our main gathering, entertaining, T.V. watching, hanging out space. It is a roomy space with a large window that lets in wonderful east light and is open to our kitchen and breakfast room ( southern light comes in). It’s definitely an open concept space. I think this part of our house naturally has a spring/summer feel to it. I’m not moving or changing furniture, just adding accessories for a spring time look.
When I started thinking about how I wanted to update our living room for spring I knew that I wanted more color and a lighter feel. I wanted to bring in accessories that could also be functional. You might visit this post to see how our living room looked a year ago. Since I had already been doing a little research shopping, I knew that blues and greens, flowers and glass would definitely play a role in my spring decorating. As my plan came into focus, I narrowed my vision into 10 accessories that would add just the just the right look I wanted.
10 Awesome Accessories for Spring Decorating
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After visiting a few stores a couple of weeks ago for spring decorating ideas, I knew that glass would play a role in my spring decorating scheme. When I saw these 3 glass jars (vases) at Tuesday Morning, I grabbed them. I loved the soft, almost sea glass green color. I thought that they would look beautiful on our coffee table. I love their translucent quality and how they reflect off the glass of the table.
TIP: Odd numbers are always the most esthetically pleasing for stand alone asymmetrical arrangements.
Last summer, I shared with you how I made sea glass jars from liqueur bottles. This was one of my favorite DIY projects. I placed the sea glass bottles on the top shelf of our living room bookcase. I decided to use them in a more visible spot on our mantle. I like them so much more here.
Everyone loved the green and blue glass balls from Wisteria that I shared a couple of weeks ago.
Instead of purchasing new balls, I unpacked my green, blue and white glass Christmas balls that I bought at Wisteria Christmas before last. Rather than put them in a bowl or tray, I decided to place them in the tall “lantern” that I bought at a charity auction last year. It’s a totally different presentation, provides vertical color and a great focal point.
TIP: Vertical color and texture can be just as impactful as items laying flat. It draws your eyes up.
TIP: If you have clear or other colored Christmas balls that would work for spring, consider using them or mixing them with newly purchased ones.
Can you live without flowers in the spring? I can’t. For the living room, I used real white hydrangeas in the glass vases.
TIP: Remember to cut flower stems at a diagonal and dissolve the flower food that comes with most flowers in warm water. I try to change out the water at least every other day.
Bright pink roses add a pop of color in a wire and glass container on an end table.
TIP: If the outer leaves of roses are starting to wilt or turn brown, just pull them off.
Since green is so prevalent in spring decorating this year, I used just greenery in another wire and glass container.
I opted for white faux peonies on the mantle. Do you remember when artificial flowers looked so fake that you wouldn’t dare use them inside for home decor? Well, that aversion has changed in the past few years with newer production methods and attention to detail. When I saw the faux flowers at Pier 1 several weeks ago, I couldn’t believe how realistic they looked. Turns out that they are hand painted, which gives them such a natural look and feel.
Pretty planters can serve as decorative accessories also. They provide not only functionality, but color and texture. You can see the pretty blue planters above that I found at Tuesday Morning. I wasn’t looking for planters at the time, but I thought they were so pretty that I could find a place for them and they added to the arrangement on the mantle.
I have been searching for new planters to replace these brown ones (I’m not a “brown” person, except for hardwood floors and antique furniture.) in front of our fireplace. I would either find ones in the right color, but the size wasn’t right or there would only be 1 and I needed 2.
Finally, perseverance paid off and I found just the right ones at At Home. So much better. This soft green color fits perfectly in my color scheme.
Sweet Shark raises orchids and since they need a lot of sun, the sofa table in front of our big living room window was a great spot for one. I’ve had this blue metal planter for several years and it wasn’t being used so we moved an orchid from my office window where it wasn’t getting enough light to this planter.
I love the shape of the tall, skinny orchid mixed with the round shape of the planter.
TIP: Planters come in all textures and materials: metal, ceramic, terra cotta, and wood; think not only abut size and color, but also texture when selecting a planter. How will the shape and texture compliment or contrast with the plant? I think the color of the planter should be a different color or tone from the plant
We all know that books are used in today’s decorating not just for reading pleasure, but also for color, texture and ambiance. We have hundreds of books, more than I can display. Last year on our living room bookcase, I removed all the covers on our books and I liked the look so much better; it looked more like a library and less like Barnes & Noble.
TIP: Group like colors of book binding for a more cohesive look.
To give the books a lighter look, I opted for a look that I’ll seen a lot lately ~ turning the pages out and the binding in. It may take awhile to get used to this look.
TIP: If you want to keep the covers with the books, slip the covers into the book facing the back of the bookcase. They won’t show from the front of the book.
TIP: For a lighter feel on your bookcase, remove 1/3 of your books. That’s what I did on the bookcase. I didn’t fill in the empty space with other objects, but just let the space stay blank. This method really opens up the look of the bookcase ~ like cleaning out too many shoes in your closet.
On our coffee table, I removed the covers from 3 books that sit inside a tray. It turned out that they all had white hard covers, which I loved. I cut off a piece of heavy twine and tied the books together. One of my favorite book looks in the room.
TIP: Tying books with ribbon or twine adds a vintage look for little money or effort.
I love the blues and greens in my spring decorating accessories, but nothing “pops” like bright white against darker colors and textures. On the bookcase, after removing about 18 books, I left much of the space open. But to add that pop, I added white dishes from my kitchen cabinet, 1 bowl and 1 pitcher. It provides a needed contrast of color against the blue/gray of the bookcase and the matte texture of the painted shelves.
Likewise, the white pear sitting in the metal baskets on the gray wooden tray provides color and texture contrast and a bit of whimsy.
TIP: Layering textures in your spring accessories ~ or in any season ~ gives variety and interest to your decor: mixing metals, ceramics, glass, wood, fabric, hard and soft surfaces in a natural way is much more interest than just using the same materials.
Ceramics ~ objects made from non-metallic materials ~ make wonderful spring accessories. You may have noticed the new planters I bought and the pear, pitcher and bowl are all what I call ceramics. They all share a shiny finish, but can be made in different colors, forms and styles. Even these sweet birds are ceramic. I just think ceramic items have a place in any decorating scheme.
TIP: flea markets, antique malls, estate sales are great places to pick up ceramics, especially white. I have a dozen white ceramics that I bought at such places. Every white decorative ceramic dish I have (I’m not counting my pottery from Villeroy & Boch or my World Market party dinnerware.) is from one of these sources.
Spring and even summer can have cool nights. When you want to lounge on the sofa watching recordings of Fixer Upper or Grey’s Anatomy, it’s nice to have a throw to cuddle under. They are another accessory for spring decorating that is functional, but adds color and texture. While I was in Atlanta week before last shopping at Scott’s Antique Market, one vendor had dozens of different colors of Turkish “towels”. My daughter and I thought they were more like throws and we both wanted one. It was cheaper to buy 2 so we shared the price. She bought a pale gray and white combination and I chose this one with shades of white and camel for our big chair. I love the fringe on the end.
TIP: For the price ($30 each), I wish I had bought 2 in different colors. Throws can be used as shawls, made into pillows (very inexpensive fabric relative to yard goods), rolled up and displayed in a basket and just look so pretty in any setting. I’ll be on the look out for more.
A new lamp can do wonders for updating a spring decorating scheme. A new color, a new material, a new shape ~ any or all of these factors can bring punch and new style to a room. Personally, I love lamps; overhead lighting (unless it’s a beautiful chandelier) can’t match the ambiance that a lamp provides. Another “it’s not just practical” accessory, lamps can be treated like jewelry in your home. They can be very expensive, but so many options are available today in all price points that there is a lamp for every budget and style.
I’ve been wanting new lamps for our bedroom for a few years, so last week I decided to focus on that purchase. I found 1 set of lamps and lamp shades at Target and 1 set at At Home that I thought were possibilities and brought them both home. I set up both for Sweet Shark to look at and fortunately we agreed on the same set. (I’m going to show you our spring bedroom update next week.) But we both also liked the other set of lamps. I had also wanted to add another lamp on the sofa table in the living room and this other lamp was a better match than I could imagine.
The blue clear glass had such a ethereal color and feel to it. With our pool in the background, it blended the indoors and outdoors. The silver base and inner stem and the silver finial I chose matched the hardware on our T.V. cabinet. The linen looking shade was very similar to the existing lamp, giving the lamps some cohesiveness. And it was just right in scale and shape.
Since we already had the other matching lamp, I decided to change out the lamp between our 2 Bergere chairs. That lamp was originally brushed brass that I painted with Annie Sloan French Linen right after we moved in the house 4 years ago. The shade was a garage sale find a friend gave to me.
I love the new lamp so much better. I’ll try to find a place for the old one upstairs. So now I gained one more lamp for the living room as well as switching out an old for a new. Jackpot!
TIP: When buying lamps, bring several possibilities home to try. It makes choosing the right lamp easier. Also try different shapes of shades and finials to get just the right look.
So much better, don’t you think?
Pretty pillows, please! We all love pillows. Is there another accessory that adds more color, texture and prettiness to spring decorating than pillows? Here’s my challenge: our sofa is a soft aqua. I love it, but it’s not like I can put any color in the rainbow on it. For the past year, I’ve used 3 pairs of pillows that I made in neutrals, but with different textures. I loved them, but I was ready for a change. See the pretty aqua and yellow pillow in the middle of the sofa? That’s the one pillow that I bought last spring at Home Goods that I loved and wanted to use again. (You can also see that the sofa table looked like before I updated it.)
Spring is calling and I wanted COLOR. I had looked at several decorator stores where pillows can run in the $200 – $300 range, but that just wasn’t in the cards. I’ve made my share of pillows, but time just didn’t allow me the luxury of searching for material and sewing. Ready~made and affordable were on the agenda. But I wouldn’t sacrifice color suitability, style and comfort. So I started hitting all the big box decorator stores in town. 4 stops and no luck. Finally, I made it over to Home Goods and hit the jackpot. I wished I’d started my search here. I found 4 different pairs of pillows that I thought would work ~ different shades of blue and yellow, different sizes and shapes, mostly squares, but one set of rectangles. I brought them all home and recruited Sweet Shark once again to be my design assistant. We put different combinations of sizes, colors, and shapes on the sofa. We left a few combos on the sofa for an hour and then switched them up. Eventually, we came back to our first combination. We love this combo of 2 pairs for the colors, size and texture. These pillows may be my favorite new thing in our living room for my spring decorating with accessories.
I couldn’t believe how well the blue in the pillow compliments the blue in the sofa. I love the tassels, too. And the yellow in the large pillow blends nicely with the yellow of our existing yellow glass lamp and drapes. The patterns are a great contrast and both pillows have soft fabric and feather inserts so they are super comfortable.
TIP: When shopping for pillows, keep an open mind, but look for complimentary patterns, textures, sizes and colors. Don’t hesitate to bring several home to try. You don’t want to make a final choice until you see the pillows on your sofa, chair, or bed. You may be surprised what you like the best. The combination we chose was not the one I liked best in the store.
Here you can see the mantle with all its accessories for spring decorating with new planters, flowers, sea glass bottles and blue candles.
Here’s the view of the sofa with its new pillows, the glass vases, and the sofa table. It was a very bright day, but you can see the glass balls and the new lamp.
One more view of the book case: besides removing books, turing the books around, and adding white ceramics, I removed several framed pictures and moved a few other accessories around to lighten the shelves.
WOW! I hope you enjoyed the living room tour, the accessories for spring decorating and the tips I shared. I loved sharing with you because it’s just so much fun decorating. We are absolutely loving the look of our updated living room. I wish you could come for a visit. I may never leave.
You have a great, inspired, chock~ful week ahead. Enjoy all the bloggy goodness.
It’s the first day of spring and I’m so excited to kick off the Spring Decor Tour, hosted by Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles.