'Spring is the time of plans and projects'
Spring is the time of plans and projects, according to Tolstoy. So lets start plotting and planning.
One of the biggest differences in the Spring is the changing light (hoorah) which means the worker bees out there get to see some hours of daylight! The light creates a freshness in the home again and this is one of my favourite things about the changing of the seasons. The need for artificial lights starts to wane and we can embrace all that lovely vitamin D from the Spring sun.
Now, don't for one minute think that this means my love of lamps, table or floor, diminishes any. Placing lamps in opposing corners of your room will ensure that you create the most amount of light possible. The best light comes from using a white lamp shade and a clear bulb in the highest wattage your lamp can take (most standard lamps now recommend a 40W) but the level of light you require is very personal so play around with bulbs until you get it right.
Just to give you some table lamp lust, head over to www.rosannalonsdale.com, she creates the most beautiful handmade lamps. They are all handmade in London, by Rosanna herself. They are created by painting the inside of glass vases using an 18th century technique learnt from her grandmother. These lamps are a true piece of art and would bring joy into any home. My favourite? The pink flamingo, of course.
Nothing feels more like Spring than beautiful blooms, so bring the outdoors in and include flowers and plants where you can. For the green fingered out there, you probably already have your bulbs planted and seeds sewn, but for those not so organised, let's not bypass the succulent trend! They are so easy to look after that even I should be able to manage to keep them alive, plus they add some colour and texture. A supplier told me recently they packed one of their displays away after a busy season of shows and sent the boxes to storage. He opened them back up after Christmas to take them to Paris and they had missed one little succulent, luckily as they are hardy little fellas, it had survived its long, dark and lonely winter! Our brand new Nkuku Aketa Planters are perfect to make your own little display (but don't worry, if you do manage to kill them off they make sassy little tea light holders!)
You also can't go far wrong with a simple white jug and some daffodils, perfect for your Easter table. The hint of yellow will add sunshine and instantly make it feel more like spring! Change the flowers as the seasons change as the jug will look just as good with hydrangeas as we move into summer and heathers and thistles in the winter.
I always want to start changing wall colours in the spring (I think the sunlight shows up all the imperfections!) and the new neutral on the block is, dare I say it, PINK. Yes, you heard me correctly. Now bare with me on this, I do not advocate going Barbie pink or Fuschia, however with the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 being Rose Quatrz and Scandi Living, with very simple, functional design emerging as a huge trend, pink is a colour to embrace. The hue to go for is a very subtle grey based pink, that isn't going to turn lilac and when styled with grey, black and white will wonderfully soften your room. Plus it goes with almost any style of house. Traditional builds with high ceiling and picture rails will find it works brilliantly, as well as more modern properties where Nordic design can be embraced. Try Farrow and Ball Pink Ground 202 or Calamine 230 on the walls and use Setting Plaster 231 on the skirting and woodwork. I use Browns Flooring just a few doors down. Image Farrow and Ball.
Now, we all just need to wait patiently for the sun to come out...