You can brighten up apartment living with a few quick and inexpensive decorating ideas to prepare your space for spring and summer.
Pattern: Throw rugs, pillows, curtains, and table runners are all inexpensive ways to make a big impact. Simple stripes or polka dots look good in both seasons or try something a little bolder with a bright floral print. Be sure to choose fabrics that are light and airy, especially for curtains.
Color: Spring and summer are bright seasons and so your apartment living décor should reflect that. While spring colors are usually more muted and pastel than vivid, saturated summer colors, there are a few that work well across the seasons. Try sunshine yellow, sky blue, and bright shades of green in your apartment. Living in an apartment with a color scheme that clashes with brights? White is a safe bet because it’s neutral and can brighten up just about any space without clashing.
Theme: These seasons are all about nature so bring some into your apartment. Living plants are a great way to do this. Fresh floral arrangements are beautiful but can get expensive quickly. Save some money by getting creative. Choose potted plants and put them in unusual containers like colorful pitchers and milk pails around your apartment. Living flowers in singles or small bouquets look sweet in teacups, glasses, and bud vases. Kitchen window gardens are both pretty and functional. No green thumb? Succulents and cacti are easy to keep alive. So are realistic silk flower arrangements.
Fruit is also a great way to bring a pop of color and life into a room. Display it in bowls, baskets, or glass vases. Choose fruits in bright seasonal colors like limes, granny smith apples, lemons, and kumquats. You can display real fruit or purchase long-lasting artificial fruit depending on your apartment living décor preferences.
There are other inspirations that can be taken from nature and applied to your apartment living décor. Celebrate spring with birds’ nests or a birdcage filled with sinuous ivy plants on the mantel. Bring in summer with a beachy centerpiece by placing seashells in a tall vase or adding sand, a few small shells, and a couple of candles to a glass bowl.