Traditionally, spring is a season of renewal, which makes it the perfect time to clean, declutter and redecorate your home. While “spring cleaning” sounds like drudgery, taking on a real decluttering/redecorating project can lift your spirits and improve your outlook on life.
Why Start a Springtime Decluttering and Redecorating Project?
Here are four reasons why it’s a great idea to overhaul your home this spring:
1. Cleaning and refreshing your living spaces isn’t just healthy; it’s a sanitary necessity — especially in these days of COVID. And with the pandemic hopefully ending soon, cleaning/decluttering is an ideal way to transition back to normalcy.
2. Decluttering can pave the way (and make more room) for a full redecorating project, where you can invest in the things you really want for your home.
3. By disposing of unwanted items responsibly (such as selling or donating them), you’re repurposing them into useful items for future generations.
4. Redecorating is a morale booster and can make your home environment healthier and happier.
Top Decorating Trends for Spring 2021
Nothing says springtime like a floral theme. This spring, two of the hottest interior design looks are Cottagecore and Grandmillennial, which both incorporate an abundance of springtime motifs.
With its emphasis on all things pastoral, Cottagecore replicates a country cottage look. It completes with upholstery, flooring and wall coverings decked out with flowers and birds reminiscent of a springtime garden.
Grandmillennial has a similar aesthetic but with a more sophisticated ambiance, evoking an elegant grand manor house. It’s characterized by flowery chintzes, with decorative touches like antique silver, vintage needlepoint cushions and plenty of spring flowers.
The Joy of Repurposing
Once you’ve decluttered, it’s time to redecorate. Antique or vintage furnishings such as sofas, loveseats and desks can become major focal points. Meanwhile, decorative items like retro accessories, textiles and old toys can give your home a warm, inviting appeal. For instance, an attractive vintage vase, such as this stunning Moorcroft work of art or this elegant piece of Lotton Art Glass, can make a room pop with vibrant color.
If you’re a DIYer at heart, you can come up with wonderfully creative ways to repurpose pre-owned home décor items. For example, you can transform old travel trunks into side tables, chests and shelving units. Likewise, you can repurpose antique butter churns into ornate planters or umbrella stands.
For spring decoration, you’ll find an abundance of home decorating ideas on Thrift Diving. It offers tutorials on refinishing and repurposing all types of vintage furniture and accessories.
Popular Decorating Themes for Spring 2021
Fans of theme decorating will love three popular home décor schemes for this spring:
Asian: Hallmarks of Asian décor include coromandel screens, Chinese/Japanese pottery, and black lacquer furnishings and accessories.
French Country: A perennial favorite, French Country décor is full of vintage, shabby-chic white pine furniture (which you can often find at bargain prices). Other features include elegant vintage light fixtures, copper cookware and plenty of antique accessories.
Rustic Farmhouse: Similar to Cottagecore, Rustic Farmhouse décor features vintage wood furnishings (like parson’s benches and spindles), gingham curtains, colorful stoneware, and gently faded rugs and upholstery.
Buying Vintage Treasures Online
Savvy shoppers have long known that it pays to buy home décor online at auction/selling sites such as MaxSold, eBay and Marketplace.
MaxSold, for example, starts all of its auctions at just one dollar, with no reserve prices. And one of the best things about MaxSold is that everything comes from local sellers just a short drive away. So you don’t have to pay the cost of (or worry about) package deliveries. It’s like shopping for lovely home décor items at the best garage and estate sales in your neighborhood, but from the comfort of your home.
And once you win the auction, there’s no haggling — the prize is yours, at your bid price. Like other reputable auction sites, MaxSold offers full customer support for its buyers and sellers. Plus, when you sign up for the MaxSold newsletter, you’ll get email notifications of upcoming local auctions.
If you’re ready to redecorate, be sure to incorporate gently used and repurposed items into your decorative scheme. By doing so, you’ll recycle useful items that would otherwise end up in landfills. And from an aesthetic point of view, you’ll be able to surround yourself with unique and appealing treasures from the past — treasures you’d never be able to find in a modern-day store.