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Written by Carly O'Brien 5th February 2016

Five ways to give your home a spring spruce-up

Although 2016 is well underway, a rather changeable winter is still upon us, meaning it’ll be a while yet before spring brings its milder climes and brighter days.

But what to do if you’re yearning for a sunnier outlook but not planning on tropical travels just yet? Simple: bring spring into your home right now, with our five tips. And as a bonus, we’ve chosen treats and finds for a fresher outlook without the onerous task of a full spring clean – so you can save that duty for a few months yet…

  1. Nothing says spring more than the fresh flowers of the season – but even the best attended bouquet can wilt after a few days. So introduce a floral flourish through other décor – we particularly like these daffodil-inspired cushions from independent homeware boutique Interiors From The Attic. They’re especially good if you like a spring daffodil, but not so much the colour yellow, which all too often is a hard colour to present.
  2. Find daffodils a little too clichéd? No problem – look to Japan, it is the Land of the Rising Sun after all, and its spring cherry blossom season. Traditionally celebrated with the art of Hanami – the appreciation of flowers – Japan’s springtime blush-coloured blooms are decidedly different to our daffodils. And we’d make a feature of them with this hand-coloured photographic canvas by Shayne Hill, at Art.co.uk.
  3. It’s impossible not to smile at a spring lamb taking its first gambol – and being an estate agency with strong rural ties, we’re very familiar with this joyous scene. So that’s why we’ve picked this lamb-inspired clock, from Not On The High Street. Complete with wagging tail, this quirky timepiece is a modern alternative to spring chintz – and guaranteed to raise a few smiles.
  4. Children need not be excluded from from sprightly spring décor – this wall art, from Snuggledust Studios, features chicks and blossoms, and is a chirpy addition to any nursery or a toddler’s room.
  5. Saving your energy and creativity for a bigger spring spruce-up, or a home makeover later in the year? Then get ready for the new season with new skills – through our competition with The Cookery School at Daylesford, a Cotswold-based restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Steve Brown. For fresh foodie ideas for spring and beyond, enter the prize draw now.

What springtime sprucing is important to you? Is spring cleaning still a tradition? Let us know through our social channels…