This year, Easter is going to be far different for most of us. As we practice social distancing, stay home, and make do with the supplies we have, the landscape of our Easter table and how we celebrate may not be traditional.
To break out of the doldrums, here are some ideas to make your home inviting and cheerful for those who will be there with you.
Get a Move On
One of the fastest and easiest ways to completely change the look of your home is to move around the furniture. Sketch out your room’s dimensions on paper and cut out pieces of paper in approximate dimension to your furniture. Move it around until you get a combination that you like. Then you can do the heavy lifting and move your furniture around to its new resting place (or stand back and direct the process while someone else does the work!).
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Place a mirror across from a window and suddenly you’ve got another window. Place it across from a door to give your room a wide-open feel. Any time you can place a mirror where light comes in, it creates a whole new level of warmth and openness in its reflection.
Pops Goes the Color
Add bright, fun pops of interest to your decor with colorful throws and accent pillows. This works great on a couch or a bed. If most of your decor is neutral, you can have a lot of fun with seasonal color. Think hot pinks, oranges or bright greens for spring. Be creative. Two kitchen towels tied at the corners can make a “new” pillow cover.
Room to Breathe
Most people have more decor and sentimental treasures than their house can hold, let alone one room. Instead of trying to have everything on display all the time, select a handful of pieces that fit well with the season and put those out. Make sure whatever you are displaying has room to breathe. Space creates a sense of order and openness.
Let there be Light
Remove lamp shades from lamps, wipe off light bulbs with a microfiber cloth, dust lamps and then clean the shades. Use a soft brush attachment with your vacuum and run up and down along the shade. If you don’t have a vacuum attachment, a soft brush will do. Remember to wipe down the inside of the shade as well. If lamps are dark and clunky, give them a coat of paint. A light neutral shade can create a whole new look for your room. Or maybe you want to make the lamp your one focal point of color. Before you slap on a coat of eye-popping orange, create a paint chip and try it in the room to see what the overall effect is going to look like.
Have fun with your spring decor and add unexpected elements. A vase filled with bright kumquats can hold a bouquet of daffodils. Limes combined in a vase with hot pink flowers are so fun together in a centerpiece. Tulips and lemons are also a fun combination. Flower branches draped artfully down a table can make a wonderful addition to a centerpiece.
However you spend your Easter, I hope you are surrounded in love and are safe and healthy.