Top ten tips to transform your home this spring

As the weather gets (very slowly) warmer, now is traditionally the time to spring clean your home.

But what additions can you make that will totally change the look and feel of each room in your home, without breaking the bank?

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Change accessories

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The simplest way to change your home interior is to change up the accessories in each room.

New cushions, curtains, blinds, vases and even lamps can give a whole new look to a room, without paying out for a total redecoration.

Add colour

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Whether this is by decorating a room or simply by adding new accessories, changing the colours in your home will immediately change the look and feel.

Popular colours for spring as coastal shades such as tones of blue, sage green and cream.

The experts at valspar paints suggest: "shades of silvery sage green are both versatile and reliable. Use with grounded colours such as sea blue, and layer with sophisticated greys to show off the simplicity of the scheme."

For something a bit different, why not try Pantone's colour of the year, Ultra Violet?

Saffron Hare, Creative Director of fabric and wallpaper company, James Hare, says of this colour: "Although possibly unexpected this colour purple has a lighter fresher hue about it and is a perfect successor to the fresh and zingy Greenery of 2017."

Go for greenery

Picture: Ikea's new SOMMAR range is worth checking out for spring inspiration

Plants will not only bring a sense of life to a room, but will also help to clean the air within the space.

With a range of planters available - from coloured pots to minimalist metallics - plants are an easy and affordable addition to any room.

Claire McAlpine, co-founder of homeware store ibbi says: "bringing nature indoors creates an instant contemporary feel and no space is too small.

"Whether you are hanging against white or coloured wall, a window or brushed concrete try different types of colour and texture - it’s amazing what an impact a plant can create."

Scent your home

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Spring is the time of new growth, so adding flowers to your home is a relatively inexpensive way to bring some colour and life but if you want a longer lasting new scent, then invest a some good quality candles.

Jo Malone's range of home candles come in a variety of fragrances, such as Red Roses and Lime Basil and Mandarin, which have been designed to be lit together to combine their fragrances.

And they offer this advice when it comes to trying out fragrance combining. "When it comes to the how-to, rest assured, you can't go wrong. There are no complicated instructions to follow.

"Céline Roux, Head of Fragrance Development at Jo Malone London, simply describes it as 'playing and experimenting'. There's no limit to how many fragrances you might want to combine. One, three, six - go wild! If you like it, it works. No explanation necessary."

Choose a range of textures


Different, tonal colours add depth to a room but it is the mixing of textures that will add a finishing touch.

A mix of metallic accessories, velvet cushions, a faux sheepskin throw and a high pile rug will male for a stylish and cosy living room - and these can be easily swapped in for lighter textures in the summer, such as linen and cotton.

Have a clear out

Picture: Mother of Pearl Pineapple storage pots, Oliver Bonas

It might seem obvious but taking some time to look through and clear out cupboards of items you no longer use is the best way of making a difference to your home.

Not only will it feel good to have had a clear out, you can then look at new storage solutions for the things you are keeping.

Change your storage

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Replacing things like the laundry basket or putting up new, open shelving, will give a new look to any room.

Ikea always have a great range of storage solutions for all spaces in the home.

Or, if you want to try the Scandi look, go for woven or metal baskets for a different take on room storage.

Create a gallery wall

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Add interest to a blank wall by hanging a selection of prints, photographs or artworks together.

Mix and match colours, but keep the frames the same in order to give a sense of cohesion.

Decorate an overlooked space

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An alcove is often an overlooked space in the home but it is ideal for shelving if extra storage is needed.

Try papering behind the shelves with colourful wrapping paper or wallpaper samples to add a pop of colour and pattern.

Update your bedlinen

Picture: Butterfly by Matthew Williams, Debenhams

It might sound daft but making small changes like buying new, colourful bedlinen, will instantly update your bedroom.

There's a huge range of styles as part of the high street's spring/summer range, but bright floral and tropical prints are the boldest choices out there.