3 Simple Spring Decorating Ideas to Brighten Up Any Philadelphia Home
You don’t have to completely re-do your house to get it ready for spring. To welcome the new season, try one of these simple spring decorating ideas. You don’t have to be particularly crafty for any of them.
After a long, cold, snowy Philadelphia winter, you’re probably itching for spring to arrive. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, bringing spring inside doesn’t require too much effort, time, or money. Brighten up your home and get ready for the new season with these spring decorating ideas.
Pick Out Spring Blooms
Fresh-cut flowers are one of the simplest ways to banish winter and add spring cheer to your home. Think tulips, daffodils, and irises — pick your favorite or mix and match. Arrange the flowers in a vase on your dining table, dresser, or bookcase. You can find cut flowers at pretty much any grocery store in the city, but if you want to buy your flowers from a local company, check out Market Blooms in Reading Terminal Market. The shop strives to offer locally grown flowers whenever possible.
Dress Up Your Table for Spring
It’s a snap to add a splash of spring color to your dining or kitchen table. Pick a favorite hue — green, blue, yellow, or pink are particularly effective — and use it as the base for your place settings: select napkins, place mats, or a tablecloth in the color, then use bright white tableware. If you want to get really fancy with your spring decorating ideas, roll up cloth napkins and secure with a napkin ring, then slide a small fresh-cut flower, such as a violet, underneath the ring.
If you’re wondering where to go for spring table linens, Philadelphia has several options. You can check out the chains, such as West Elm and Williams-Sonoma in Center City. Stores such as Hello World in Center City and Scarlett Alley in Old City are locally operated and offer a great selection of spring table linens.
Dress Up Your Drawers
Not every decoration needs to be readily visible. You can bring spring into your home by lining your dresser, cabinet, and other drawers with colorful paper. As a bonus, the paper will keep your clothing from snagging on the wood of the drawer. You can also line your drawers with fabric, but paper is easier to remove and more cost-effective.
One of the easiest ways to line your drawers is to use wrapping paper underneath clear contact paper. Pick out a pattern that’s right for spring, such as florals or pastel stripes or polka dots. Cut the wrapping paper to the inner dimensions of the drawer, then place inside. Cut the contact paper so that it’s a few inches larger than the drawer bottom, then peel off the backing and carefully place on top of the wrapping paper. Smooth the sides of the contact paper onto the sides of the drawer to hold it in place. If you want to change the paper, carefully peel it off and start over again.
Once you’ve decorated the inside of your house for spring, it’s time to show off your hard work. Welcome the new season by holding a small get-together, such as a spring-themed tea or cocktail party at your house.
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