Spring is here, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the list of things that need to be cleaned is growing. Instead of just cleaning your home this season, try freshening it up with some fun, colorful additions. Read on for five bright ways to spruce up your home for spring.

1. Celebrate spring’s bounty with flowers and greenery.
Mother Nature is in the spotlight this season, so why not incorporate plants and natural materials into your décor?
● Welcome spring to your front door with a wreath made of fresh or artificial greenery. Tie it all together with a wide-ribbon bow in a spring color that accents your home.
● Dress up your front porch with spring-blooming flowers like pansies and camellias. If flowers aren’t your thing, try some simple boxwood spheres tucked into pots painted in spring shades.
● Stop by a local florist for some blooming branches. Anchored in large glass apothecary jars, they’re a dramatic way to bring spring to your table or mantel.
● Pot up some warm-weather herbs like basil, oregano, chives and mint. Tuck them onto a bright windowsill close to your kitchen or a sunny spot on your patio.

2. Amp up the energy with bright pastels and citrus hues.
While we love dusty pinks and mauves, Spring 2019 is taking a peppier tone. The PANTONE Color of the Year, Living Coral, is a bright pinky-orange that’s perfect for cool, sunny days. Other stylish, high-energy spring shades include lemon yellow, hot pink and vibrant teal. Incorporate one or more of these colors as accents in your existing palette; citron yellow, for example, really wakes up stately navy and calm gray. Inexpensive accessories are your way to go here. Pick up some new baskets or bowls to decorate a console or bookcase, or try a new runner for the dining room table.

3. Revive your furniture with new slipcovers.
Cover those heavy, upholstered pieces with lighter, washable slipcovers in washed denim or cotton duck canvas. Or, try a partial slipcover alternative: pick out a lightweight quilt, throw or even a tablecloth in spring colors, fold the fabric neatly, then drape it from the backside of the sofa or chair to the front, running underneath any loose cushions. Tuck as needed so the edges are even around the bottom of the piece, and voilà! A new look in seconds.

4. Swap out thick throws for lightweight options.
You’re still going to want to cuddle up with a blanket on cool evenings, but a new throw in cotton or linen brings a lighter feel to the room. Consider a new pattern like a cheerful stripe or a different texture like a crocheted piece.

5. Create a spring tablescape with a simple garden theme.
As the days lengthen into summer, special family meals — and even dinner parties — take on a relaxed vibe. Use twine to bundle up silverware and napkins for each place setting, then tuck in a fragrant sprig like rosemary. Grab a metallic paint pen and write each person’s name on a mini clay flower pot, so your guests will know where to sit. And, if you have kids, cover the table with brown craft paper and invite them to draw flowers and butterflies all over it. Bring in some colorful flowers and greenery, and you’re good to go. (Want to dine outside instead? Check out the Santa Clarita Valley’s best picnic spots here.)

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