So long, winter. (We hope.) Spring is here, and the time is right for updates in the home and office. Some home designers have tips for tackling the season of change in ways that don’t break the bank.

Seasonal decor is a fun way to give spaces a temporary look and feel, said Megan Rivas of Room + Flow, a staging and interior redesign company in Duluth. The focus is cleaning, airing and adding fresh elements. Her go-tos are pulling in colors from nature like green, blue, pink and yellow.

Gina Jacobson of CL Designs in Duluth opts for natural and relaxed in her home, which she called “a place of rejuvenation and comfort.” She prefers low-maintenance finishes, fixtures and accessories like porcelain, reclaimed hardwood and eco-friendly cotton. Her spring go-tos are soft fabrics and ways to bring nature indoors with plants or maximizing views out of windows, she said.

To get started, Rivas suggested making a to-do list (she started hers after the new year). Break tasks down into manageable groups based on priority, time and budget. And start with a deep clean, one room at a time. A space can easily look cluttered, so keep it minimal, and don’t forget the donation and garage-sale piles.

Jacobson added that starting at first thaw allows for maximum enjoyment, but go at a pace that accounts for the chilly remnants of winter. Ultimately, tackle spring decorating whenever it feels right for you.

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  • Add a brightly colored floral or greenery wreath to the front door.

  • Consider a new entry mat.

  • Add fresh flowers to the kitchen counter, entryway or dining room table.

  • Toss accent pillows on the couch or bed for a new color, pattern or texture.

  • Add colored or patterned hand towels in the kitchen and bathrooms.

What’s hot this year

Rivas said social media influencers on Pinterest, Instagram, HGTV and Netflix — ahem, Marie Kondo — decide what’s trending.

Other spring looks are woven art, multiple brass fixtures, ombre, nautical accents and Pantone Ultra Violet, added Jacobson. And while fashion and design industry experts update styles for the seasons, ultimately, it’s a personal choice, they said.

Some other trends:

  • Eco-conscious picks.

  • Vintage lighting.

  • Handmade pieces.

  • Art deco.

  • Green textiles.

  • Moroccan floor tiles.

  • Mixing furniture pieces in a room, such as fabric, leather and wood.

  • Bright colors and graphic patterns.


Small tweaks add a pop of pizzazz when it comes to home decor.

  • Edit decor and leave room for future finds.

  • Arrange accents like bright ceramic or glass vases in your vignettes instead of the candles you may have had available to supplement your lighting during the long nights of winter.

  • Add attractive and durable entryway rugs.

  • Replace dark throw-pillow covers or other interchangeable fabrics with more invigorating colors or patterns.

  • Real plants are always an easy way to bring new life into your home. Hyacinths, lilacs and crocuses are classic symbols of spring. Barberton daisies, peace lilies and red-edged dracaena look beautiful and counteract chemicals like formaldehyde that can be common in interiors, Jacobson said.


Jacobson and Rivas offered tips for keeping a room refresh budget-friendly.

  • Sell items that no longer work in your space.

  • Add leafy plants, newly sown seeds and blooming bulbs.

  • Save money long-term by investing in lasting materials.

  • Add small touches of wood, stone and clay for their tactile qualities.

  • Artfully display fresh fruit and vegetables.

  • Find unique pieces at antique or thrift stores.

  • Make slight updates with paint or add new hardware.

  • Reorganize your permanent decorations or artwork to create an exhilarating space.

  • Sew lightweight linens into wispy window treatments.

  • Use small, heavy items, like vintage architectural detail pieces, as paperweights for breezy, open-window days.

  • Frame and display personal photos that remind you of spring.

Update office space

Address spring fever at the office with these tips.

  • Full-spectrum light bulbs.

  • Energizing palettes.

  • Living walls.

  • Appealing task lamps.

  • Florist's chrysanthemums or other purifying flower cuttings.

  • If you’re so fortunate, consider changing the paint color or adding an accent wall, a stencil or wallpaper.

  • Add a patterned rug.

  • Bring in artwork. Try larger pieces or create a gallery wall with several smaller pieces.

  • Add lamps or soft white light to sidestep fluorescents.

Jacobson suggested avoiding faux plants because they can add clutter and they lack the natural vitality that spring brings.

Design is so personal, and everyone has their own unique style, Rivas said. The No. 1 thing is to consider how you feel in your space.

“If your room makes you happy, that is all that matters.”