It’s that tenuous time of the year when the weather often changes significantly from day to day; sometimes from hour to hour! In recognition of daylight saving, St. Paddy’s Day and the blooming daffodils, it’s beginning to feel more like spring lately. A simple way to acknowledge the changing season is to introduce the color green into our interiors.
Green symbolizes new growth, and is a natural, restful color. Dark emerald green is a masculine, traditional tone that implies wealth. Dusty greens like moss and sage are quiet and soothing neutrals that can be combined with most any other color schemes. Tones like cucumber, mint and lime green can add a cool, fresh feeling. Integrate shades of green into your spaces with things like glassware, plants and accessories, as the days lengthen and new life appears.
Intersperse the contents of your china hutch or bookshelves with green glassware or ceramic pieces. Add green grasses or plants to your shelves or tabletops, or toss some green pillows on the couch. Use green sea glass or marbles to anchor a candle in a clear glass jar. Fill a large bowl with fresh limes and place it on the kitchen countertop.
Meanwhile, begin to lighten up the layers in your home. Minimize candles, throws, firewood, blankets and window coverings, and introduce elements that may or may not include green. Think bird’s nests instead of pinecones, light instead of heavy, and bare instead of covered.
Clear away the accumulations of the past several months, and slowly bring touches of nature into your rooms. Look outdoors for inspiration: seasonal colors, textures and touches are beautifully evident in the flowers, sky and hills right now. Items that can infuse fresh life into your home decor include greenery in pots or urns, watering cans, sundials, woven baskets, birdbaths or cages, garden statues or terrariums. Clip some branches from a flowering quince or fruit tree and arrange them in a metal pail or tall vase.
Other ideas: Attach a rake high on the wall, prongs side up, and hang up a wide-brimmed hat, rain slicker or windbreaker. A weathered bench or wicker chair can be displayed to bridge the gap between inside and out. Hang an old, paned, wooden window on the wall, with the glass in, removed or replaced with a mirror. Stack two or three picnic baskets to make a side table. A rusted metal gate can be hung behind the bed as an instant headboard; a decorative trellis easily fills an empty corner with style and whimsy. Bring front and center some floral-patterned bedding or curtain panels, framed botanical prints or small vases of fresh flowers.
Enjoy your time outside, and begin to lighten up, both personally and decoratively, as you enjoy this ever-changing, colorful, very special time of year.