Decorate for Spring: 10 Tips from 10 Top Designers
Photo: Susan Serra CKD
With a pen and a small notepad, go into each room with your eyes closed. Open your eyes, and very quickly—in three short seconds—spot three objects in the room that visually bother you the most. Use that as your starting point for redecorating.
This forces you to prioritize the top things to change, rather than leaving you feeling overwhelmed with an long, taxing list. When you look at your lists from each room as a whole, a story begins to emerge, highlighting a stage or theme in your life that you are moving away from.
— Angela Min, a residential interior designer with Susan Serra Associates with more than a decade of professional experience working in New York City and the Hamptons
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— Kyle Schuneman, an interior designer based in L.A. and one of House Beautiful's Next Wave of Top 20 Designers for 2010
Photo: Libby Langdon
— Libby Langdon, expert commentator on HGTV's Small Space, Big Style and Rachael Ray's go-to interior design "buddy," with frequent appearances on The Rachael Ray Show for design makeovers
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You can also bring pots of yellow daffodils into your living area to make the space happy. Plants are more cost efficient, last longer than freshly cut flowers and the bulbs can be replanted in the garden at the end of the season.
— Kara Butterfield, an interior stylist/designer based in Boston
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— Kishani Perera, an interior designer whose clients include Ben Stiller and who specializes in eco-friendly design
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For spring, you can find and paint antique desks or dressers (you might even have one in the basement!) with a glossy crème and replace the hardware.
In the kitchen, paint old, outdated cupboard doors and cabinet framing with white or crème melamine, and switch out knobs for a new, updated look.
— Jillian Harris, interior designer and former star of The Bachelorette, recently appearing as a guest designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Photo: Laure Joliet
In the photo, you'll see that a classic lady head vase now has the perfect hairdo!
— Nadia Geller, interior designer who has been on such shows as TLC's While You Were Out, Trading Spaces, Home Made Simple and Date My House
Photo: Michelle Workman Design
Spring place card holders can liven up any table and make us all think of nature and renewal! Budding branches and flowering branches are a quick way to bring the outdoors in. Renewal is something that brings hope for the future and life into the home.
— Michelle Workman, interior designer with clients such as Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Kirstie Alley
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Simply run a strip of Velcro up the back of the chair, then over and down the height of the chair. You can attach coordinating runners for different events, holidays or seasons. Think of all those color options and pattern possibilities! Line up the adorned chair with the runner on your table so that you further emphasize the visual line or band for maximum impact. The runners are a small investment—the ones in this project cost a mere $5.99 a pop—to achieve a completely different look that takes seconds to change out.
— Kristan Cunningham, decorating expert formerly from HGTV's Design on a Dime, now with Shelterpop.com
Photo: The Shabby Chic Home, by Rachel Ashwell
Also, check flea markets for summer-inspired paintings of flowers, cottages and beach scenes. You can also fill bowls and vases of inexpensive sea glass and seashells to bring a piece of the beach inside.
— Rachel Ashwell, founder of the Shabby Chic® brand and author of several best-selling design books