Hit the Refresh Button
Winter is finally on its way out, and we’ll bet your house isn’t the only thing in need of a little spring cleaning. Perk up your space and breathe some new life into your everyday routine with these tips.
Wake Up to Color
Call it a happy coincidence: some of the season’s cheeriest hues are the same ones that can help jump-start your day. Experts say focusing on the colors yellow and orange stimulates energy and mood levels, making them must-see hues during your early morning hours.
BRING IT HOME: Treat yourself to new bed linens that incorporate these vibrant shades, like the PS 2014 or ODESTRAD pillowcase and duvet cover sets. So comfortable you won’t want to get out of bed—but so colorful you’ll just have to!
Let the Sun Shine In
Did you know the best lighting for makeup application is natural daylight? And primping aside, studies show that exposure to early morning light keeps our circadian rhythms in-check and even improves our sleep quality at night.
BRING IT HOME: Reassess your bedroom and bathroom window treatments to ensure you’re getting the perfect balance of sunlight and privacy. Try layering cool grey block-out curtains with a white panel curtain in your bedroom or dressing area. For an equally enlightened bedroom or bathroom solution, place a curtain on the lower half of the window for privacy and a pleated shade on the top half. Just lift the shade as needed to help beat the groggies and let you hone your most naturally beautiful look.
Sometimes it seems like the majority of our mornings are spent either trying to beat the clock or frantically searching for keys. Guess what? There’s a multipurpose piece of decor that can make the first of those tasks more enjoyable—and the second a thing of the past.
BRING IT HOME: This spring, welcome the IKEA PS 1995 clock to your kitchen, foyer, or entryway. Not only does the sunny yellow color offer an instant energy boost, the clock back opens to reveal a secret storage space inside—perfect for stowing away keys and other small essentials you’ll want to grab on your way out the door.
Surrounding yourself with houseplants is a known stress reliever, as is caring for them. And since those leafy green friends also filter the air, they help us breathe easier literally as well as figuratively.
BRING IT HOME: If you tend to have a hard time winding down at night, try bringing some plants or cultivating an indoor garden in your bedroom. Their presence alone will help increase feelings of serenity and relaxation, and taking a few moments each evening to care for them—trimming a bonsai , watering a fragrant geranium or blooming peace lily—creates a sense of accomplishment and well-being. Feeling intimidated by your “black thumb?” Hand pick just a few flowers or branches from your yard. Place them in lovely green containers, like the eye-catching Stockholm vases from IKEA, which are as beautiful on their own as they are holding Mother Nature’s glory.
Plants aren’t the only way to bring the outdoors in this season. For a quick and easy room refresh that will put you in a spring state of mind, try incorporating a butterfly or bird motif in the bedroom or bath. Whether you’re enjoying a hot soak at the end of a long day or journal-writing in bed, let their whimsical wings lift your spirit to new heights.
BRING IT HOME: Create an impromptu art arrangement by lining a picture ledge with framed art cards that depict colorful birds, bees, and dragonflies in spring-friendly settings, like a charming woodland or a cheery farm. Or enjoy your own (pretend) bird in a cage by hanging IKEA’s KLÄDSAM mobile from the ceiling. It’s a simple, fun way to create movement and dynamics in a room—without the commitment of a new pet.