5 Ways You Can Easily Transition from Winter to Spring Decor On a Budget
Tired of winter yet? Even if it’s cold outside, you can start refreshing your home. Check out 5 favorite ways to transition from winter to spring decor on a budget. These early spring decorating ideas can help you start prepping your home for a full spring refresh!
As soon as Valentine’s Day is over, my brain does an automatic switch to transition from winter to spring decor! At least, I start thinking about it. Then, that automatically leads to starting a few switches here and there. I can hardly help myself! Anyone else?!
Oh good. I’m not alone!
At the same time, I’m not necessarily anxious or ready to replace the hearts with bunnies and the pinecones with bursts of bright flowers. Today, I want to chat about a few simple ways that I love to make a more subtle transition from winter decor to what I’ll call “early spring decor.”
Hopefully it will give you inspiration too. Then, it canhelp you as you look for ways to keep your home feeling fresh and hopeful through the last weeks of winter! It’s a good way to beat those winter blues.
(Unless, of course, you live in Florida and you’re enjoying winter, knowing the scorching summer is coming! 😂)
As with any seasonal transition, early spring decor is much more about how the space feels than the actual objects and home decor accessories. Actually, I am not really bringing in thematic early spring decor pieces. Instead, I am working on creating a different feeling. That’s the goal anyway!
So let’s get to styling and see if we can achieve that early spring decor feeling and help us love our homes all over again!
How do you transition from winter to spring decor?
Here are 6 basic ways that I transition from winter to spring decor. We will look at specific examples, tips, and ideas throughout this post.
- Go room by room, declutter, and deep clean.
- Change greenery from winter greens to lighter greenery and plants.
- Incorporate a few florals, whether fresh or faux.
- Add touches of color with thrifted art or home decor accessories.
- Lighten the textures and layers around your home.
- Add floral and fruity scents around our home for a fresh smell.
When should I switch from winter to spring decor?
This is a common question and a fair one for sure. While there may be some who cling to the long evenings, snowy drifts, and “hot cocoa and a good book” kind of winter days, I think it is probably safe to say that by the middle of February, most of us are starting to look forward to spring.
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. However, for me, I love to start doing some early transition from winter to spring decor around the middle of February.
I always think it is important to not rush the current season, whether it’s the weather season or a season of life.
However, growing up in Kansas, I definitely remember how the muddy snow in the ditches just didn’t have the same appeal by the time the middle to end of February rolled around. Now that I live in Florida, we definitely aren’t rushing these gorgeous winter months. There is a reason that the snowbirds flock to Florida for January through April!
Before I can really enjoy the spring decor, I feel a lot better once deep spring cleaning has taken place. Rather than just making everything look fresh on the surface, there is something to say for opening everything up and cleaning out the back corners of the closets, cabinets, and drawers. Then, you can truly enjoy a refreshed home.
However, it does take time for that full refresh to happen. Here, at least, it’s a multi-week process. We try to get a little bit done here and there. If you’re at home most of the time, you would be able to get that deep cleaning done a lot faster than us!
Is February too early to decorate for spring?
To me, I think February is a perfect month to start the process of transitioning from winter to spring decor. Since there is really more involved than just decorating, it is a great month to get started on some of that behind-the-scenes stuff.
Of course, if a fresh plant or vase of flowers appear in the process, that’s okay too! (wink, wink!)
How can I spruce up my house for spring?
- First, start by deep cleaning and decluttering. I like to go room by room, drawer by drawer. So far this year, I haven’t gotten to all of the rooms yet. Sometimes our spring cleaning stretches into summer, just to be honest, but the main thing is that we get it done, no matter the season!
- Secondly, wash slipcovers, flip mattresses, and launder curtains. You’ll start feeling better and your home will too! If time is a struggle, consider hiring some help to get these big tasks completed.
- Next, pack up winter greenery. If you’re like me, you left out a little winter greenery after Christmas. Now, it’s time to pack that up until next year!
- Pack up any winter accessories, such as pinecones.
- Also, if your weather allows, pack up heavier textures around your home. This could include heavy throw blankets, extra layers on beds, and chunky knit throw pillows, to name a few. However, if it is still really cold where you live, you can save this step for transitioning to summer or later in the spring.
- Lighten up colors around your home. We are going to chat about this in more detail below!
- Bring in fresh accents such as scents, plants, and flowers.
- Lighten up the amount of decor, in general. This is the season where I start lessening the decor from the abundance I enjoy using for fall and winter. Pack away some of the “extra”.
- I like to start removing a few of the reflective finishes around my home, such as brass, silver, and mercury glass with lighter elements. You don’t need to take all of them out, but I do like to use less of it for the spring and summer.
- Note: most of these are things that you will do before you really start decorating. See why I like to start in February?!
5 Ways You Can Easily Transition from Winter to Spring Decor On a Budget
Tip #1 to transition from winter to spring home decor:
How do you make your house cozy in the spring?
Once the cleaning and decluttering are done, it is time to think about decorating. Just because I am packing up winter decor doesn’t mean that I don’t want our home to still feel cozy! The first thing I do to keep the cozy vibes for spring but still transition from winter decor is to switch my greenery.
I like to use some of my winter greenery with the subtle Valentine’s Day decor, but once February 14th is over (or sooner if I get in the mood…like I did this year!) the cedar, juniper, and pine gets packed safely away until next November.
In their place, I love to use a mix of fresh and faux plants.
Of course, plant babies and small potted faux plants are also perfect to tuck into vignettes here and there! Those little touches of greenery immediately transform a vignette from a winter style to spring!
How can I use greenery to transition from winter to spring decor?
Whether faux or real, I love to dress up my plants by putting them in vintage vessels. It makes them look unique and also gives more character to vignettes. Vintage chamber pots…completely washed and bleached, of course 😉…are one of my favorite things to use for plants. The size and shape are usually a perfect fit.
For real plants, pothos are my favorite because, well, they are just easy! I do have a fiddle leaf fig that I’ve kept alive for a year now and is growing beautifully. It is currently in my classroom but I might bring it home to enjoy!
What are the best fake indoor plants?
Faux plants seem to get better and better each year. There are some really pretty ones out this year. When I find a faux plant I love, I usually try and grab a couple! Spacing them out in a room can help give a cohesive look.
Here are a few current favorites:
- This faux Hoya plant that looks so realistic.
- I bought this faux Gypsophila leaf plant and love it! It comes in two sizes and is easy to style.
- This mini faux satin Pothos is so pretty, realistic, and only $7!
- This is my very favorite faux tree that is non-holiday. I actually have 3 of them! Great price point, easy to shape and style, and look so real. Last fall, I used them for an event and everyone thought I’d brought in real trees!
- This faux Maple tree looks amazing and has a great color and shape. It is the perfect size to tuck into the corner of a living room or bedroom!
- These tall faux ficus branches are my favorite stems for spring. You can’t beat the price and the size makes them so fun to style. Bend the stems for a shorter arrangement and even add these branches to fresh flower bouquets too. You’ll want to get a few sets!
Bring in floral touches for early spring decor
Florals are trending for 2023, in everything from wallpaper to throw pillows to bedding and even sofas!
You can bring in some subtle touches of early spring decor by adding simple floral elements! (But hey, if you want the wallpaper, this is the year to go for it!)
As I transition into early spring decor, I like to use florals literally by keeping a fresh bouquet on the kitchen island, side table in the living room, or on my night stand.
They don’t need to be expensive. In fact, simple, inexpensive grocery store flowers are perfect! You can find my favorite ways to make grocery store flowers look special over on this post!
While I love my neutral spaces, you can really do a lot with pattern and texture in a space. I love throw pillows like this one that bring that floral design, but in a very simple and neutral way.
It will be great to layer with some spring color as we get into the season, but also gives that subtle touch for early spring decor. This is also a pretty one and a great price too!
I was ready to start breaking up my winter whites a little, so I added this throw pillow to my sectional. Even though it’s still basically neutral, it adds that floral element in a modern, vintage-inspired, simple way! Try adding these solid neutrals, too, for easy layering.
Pillows are a budget-friendly way to refresh a space and they are a great way to add that little touch of early spring with floral design!
What are the best faux flowers for spring?
I will be honest and admit that I am super picky about my faux florals. However, I’ll let you in on my secrets, right here and now! While all of these faux florals are not the very most budget-friendly, they are all really reasonably priced.
Best of all, I have and love using all of them. They are very realistic. I especially love pairing them with fresh greenery to make them look even more realistic!
- These faux tulips come in a variety of colors and are SO REALISTIC! I have so many of them and love using them.
- These cherry blossom stems are so tall and gorgeous! They have such a realistic look and are worth the price!
- I love the touch of earthy tone spring color in these faux daisies. They are only $3.99 and are just so cute! I mixed them in with some fresh carnations and they looked so real!
- These faux white peony stems are only $5.00 and have a great look!
Use a splash of color for early spring decor!
I know, I know. You’re thinking who has taken Robyn and what have they done with her.
Now my version of adding a splash of color may still feel totally neutral to some people, but it’s all in scale and relativity, right?! 😂
This beautiful vintage pillow made from a Turkish rug inspired me last year. My friends at Rose and Grace Market carry such beautiful pillows in their shop and the little touch of light blue is making me smile!
It is a great mix with layered neutrals, so I get that touch of color while still keeping the calm aesthetic that I try to create in our home.
This year, I am really loving some of the earth tones mixed with my neutrals.
Here are a few spring favorite pillows with just a touch of color:
- I love the terra cotta tones of these pillows, for a bedroom or a sofa!
- These blush tones have such a great vintage-inspired print!
- This is one of my very favorites this year and has such a soft feel too!
- Add some depth to your layers with this pretty deeper tone!
Here is a round up of some favorite ways to add color with art to transition from winter to spring decor:
- I added a touch of budget-friendly decor by adding this art to our frame TV.
- On my gallery wall, I plan to add some framed vintage botanical prints from a book similar to this.
- Last year, I used some Audubon prints from my Birds of America book.
- This is a great way to spend a little bit and get enough artwork to last you for years with lots of different color choices too!
- There are also some great options available that give great vintage inspiration on a lesser budget too. I absolutely love all of the pretty touches of color in this pre-made gallery wall set from Amazon! There are some other gorgeous sets available too, at amazing prices, so browse just a bit there.
- As always, the other great place to keep an eye out for great art is at thrift stores. You never know what you’ll find.
- One new print, with a great vintage look, that I’m currently loving is this large art piece for only $40! Check it out HERE! It has a great mix of colors and could work well with different styles.
For now, I’ll leave you with my gallery wall from last year. Stay tuned! I’m working on the newest version this week to share with you soon!
Texture can help you transition to early spring decor!
Depending on where you live, early spring decor very likely still needs to include some really cozy elements for the cold days! Even living in Florida, we keep throw blankets laying around year round.
As I start transitioning away from winter decor, however, taking out even a few of the winter textures and replacing them with some lighter textures can really change the look.
While I may leave a chunky throw blanket for cool Friday night movies, I’ll replace the thick knit throw pillows with some cotton and linen fabrics that feel a little lighter.
No matter, the season, however, layers can help your home stay cozy. Which pieces and fabrics you layer will depend on your personal preference and even geographical location!
THIS light-weight throw blanket is my very favorite and I use it all the time. In fact, I’ll probably order a second one so I don’t have to keep moving it around the house with me!
Of course, I love the vintage look and they also layer perfectly with any colored pillows you choose to bring in.
Scents set the season for your home too!
Every season has its own scents and when I’m ready to transition away from winter decor, it’s time to put away the fresh pine and cedar scents and pull out something fresh!
My favorite scent for spring and summer is the Volcano scent from Capri Blue. If you love shopping at Anthropologie, you already know this signature scent! I love the light and freshness of the scent without being too flowery or fruity!
In fact, I even have our Pura diffusers set to get our home smelling fresh and wonderful before we even get home from school each day!
In my classroom, I use the Volcano essential oil and it is just so calming. The parents even comment how good our classroom smells! That is a big win for a classroom full of little people!
When we are going to be home for awhile, I like to light my favorite candle in my kitchen too! Something about the scent and the candlelight just help create such a welcoming environment, even on a busy day!
Whatever your preferred scent is, don’t underestimate how changing the scent of your home can help transition your home to the next season!
Even though spring may feel like a long time away, it will be here before we know it! If you’re looking for a way to beat some of those winter blues, I hope making some simple changes around your home to transition to early spring decor will help your home feel fresh!
And I hope I’ve been able to spark a few ideas with this post! Have fun!