It looks like spring has sprung – even though officially, it’s not set to start until 20th March. The days are getting longer and the sun is starting to push through, creating crisp sunny mornings and lighter evenings. Despite snow flurries earlier this month, the air has a definite freshness to it, everyone seems to be walking with a lightness in their step and homes are full of sunny yellow daffodils and the woods with pretty snowdrops.
At home, it’s time to give everything a bit of a refresh, from cleaning out those cupboards to thinking ahead and planning for the next big project, whether that’s a large extension, kitchen revamp or just a paint job for the front door.
While spring is generally a season for soft pastels, many of the high-street Spring-Summer shows featured earthier tones, with mustard and terracotta being big favourites, although Pantone’s Colour of the Year (2016) ‘Rose Quartz’ seems to be a big hit, too. Showing up in many forms, from cosy velvet sofas and boudoir chairs to walls and tilling, it’s likely to be the pink we’re favouring over this year’s offering ‘Living Coral’, which is a much bolder choice.
Decluttering is completely in vogue right now, master of the art Marie Kondo has a new show on Netflix encouraging us to rid our homes of anything in it that does not spark joy. Folding has become an art and uncluttered cupboards and draws a must-have. If you’ve not seen the show, then buy her book, The Life-Changing Art of Tidying to see what all the fuss is about. So, take a little advice from the experts and have a good rummage at the back of those cupboards for the Tupperware bottoms without lids, out of date spices and that unused juicer because there’s no better time than spring to clear out the cobwebs, both literally and figuratively.