Refresh for Spring with Color

Living room with color accents

This neutral living room is accented with greens

We’re fairly certain we speak for everyone when we say spring can’t come soon enough. Who isn’t ready to throw open the doors and breathe in the fresh air? But even if we haven’t yet seen winter’s last frost, we can fake it indoors. Here are our favorite ways to decorate with springtime color in anticipation of the new season.

This comfy family room has coastal accents for a fresh feel

Color Infusion

Give your room a quickie makeover with an infusion of fresh color. Decorate with various shades of a single color to really pull the look together. Selecting a range of materials, from a ceramic pot to a high/low rug, in the same hue adds dimension and texture. Here, slipcovers in a bright white twill provide the perfect canvas for layering with color.

Living room with coral color palette

Splashy Artwork

Art inspires. Express the promise of the new season with an oversized abstract or framed botanicals. Just be sure to look for a springtime palette that features your favorite colors — and you’ll feel instant cheer every time you walk into the room.

Lean art up against a wall for an unexpected look

Lush Botanicals

Invite the very essence of spring inside with faux botanicals that capture the beauty of the budding season. Fill a vase with a single branch or mix with other flowers for a statement piece blooming with seasonal color.

Fresh bed linens are the perfect way to welcome a new season

Dreamy Bedding

Create a restful sanctuary with the cool colors of spring. Strip away the heavy layers of winter: start with crisp sheets and a lightweight quilt in a garden of pale florals. Sprinkle the color throughout the room to coordinate your look.

Airy, linen drapes feel cheery, just in time for Spring

A Hint of Lavender

Dark velvet drapes in winter make a space more warm and cozy. Store them away and lighten up with linen panels in a pretty pale color. You’ll love the instant lift. Linen moves effortlessly and filters light while providing more privacy than sheers.

Living room with coral color palette

Punchy Patterns

Welcome spring with a bang. A burst of bright color — we are in love with coral right now — in a mix of energetic patterns will make any room come alive. There’s no need to shy away from prints. Here, wide stripes, chevron and Ikat get along famously. And our flatwoven dhurrie will feel great underfoot on warmer days.

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How to Decorate Team

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    April 1, 2015

    I am using the Courtney drapes in my bedroom. I need coordinating pillow shams and coverlet. Can you help?

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    March 14, 2015

    love it.
    looking for combinations on gray, blue and white, for a restorant. Chairs and sofas, mix of fabrics that will match.
    wall is gray metalic… if you can hel me, I” appreciate. a Pint of brown, chocolate color, maybe to match lamps and courtains already there.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 25, 2015

      Hi Marlenne,
      We would love to help you with this space. We actually offer a free service where our experts will help you with design questions like these! Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you. Don’t forget to include photos of your space with the form!
      We look forward to hearing from you,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    November 4, 2014

    Could you tell me the paint colors you used throughout the house? Looking for a fresh look and I truly love the light and airy feel throughout the house. Thanks in advance. I will be back to ask where I can purchase some of the decor. You guys did such a beautiful job.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2014

      Hi Alicia,
      We’re so happy to hear that you love these spaces. The first room’s paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Going to the Chapel #1527, and all of the other rooms are Benjamin Moore’s Timid White #OC-39. The color looks somewhat different from room to room based on the amount of light it gets, so we always suggest you test paint swatches on your wall before making your final decision.
      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Ruby N

    September 1, 2014

    Where is the sofa-chaise from?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      September 2, 2014

      Hi Ruby,

      Thanks for your comment. That sofa with a sectional is Ballard Designs Baldwin 2-Piece Slipcovered Sectional with a Left Arm Chaise, found here.

      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    August 26, 2014

    Can you tell me where the bedding is from?

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    June 29, 2014

    Can u tell me where I can find the heron art pic?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      June 30, 2014

      Hi Alison,

      Thanks for your comment! Of course we can. You can find it here on

      Happy Decorating!

      The How to Decorate Team

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    March 17, 2014

    Can you tell me the name of the chair and fabric (beige stripe) on the ballard homepage?

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 18, 2014

      Hi Lori,

      The fabric on those chairs is the Demere Stripe in Flax. You can find it here.

      Happy Decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team