by Erin Vaughan
Out with the old, and in with the new! Spring is here, and that means a fresh new palette of dazzling colors to choose from—but don’t worry, we’re not talking about your ordinary tired pastels here. Cool greens, sizzling neons, and intense yellows will all bring on that warm weather feeling—with a kick! If you’re looking to banish the winter blues from your home (both literally and figuratively), check out the projects below.
Give Your Front Entryway a Vernal Makeover
With the warmer weather just around the corner, you’re going to be spending more time outside—and so will your neighbors! Curbside appeal is everything, and a front porch makeover has it in spades. Up your game by painting your front door in a bright, friendly hue like primrose yellow or lapis blue. Colorful planters, vibrant doormats, and a painted wood bench or rocking chair provide snatches of secondary color as well—and a feast for the eyes!
Pick Up a Few Color Block Planters (Or Make Your Own!)
How about a little neon to go with your green? Color-blocked plants are predicted to make waves this year, so if you want to impress your friends with your trend ESP, get on the bandwagon early. Specifically, hanging plants framed by bright color blocks—or a ceramic pot dipped in electric orange, sunshine yellow, or neon pink—bring knock-out color that practically sings with intensity (and if you’re crafty, you can even DIY one for yourself!)
Install New Colored Window Frames
Window frames shouldn’t have to be boring. One trend that’s been on home designers’ radar for a while has been the growing appeal of brightly colored frames. Mint green, rust red, and burnt orange are some of the flashier color choices available from manufacturers. They’re an excellent way to add a modern twist to your home’s exteriors. So if you’re thinking of getting new windows this year—but are tired of the same old, same old—these might be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Photo courtesy of Modernize.
Add Some Spring Pop to Your Garden
Spring is when gardens reign supreme and gardeners buzz happily through the aisles at the nursery, dreaming of all the outdoor spaces they’ll tend. This year’s outdoor trends favor the DIY crowd, and that’s brought with it some interesting changes in how we select plants and style gardens. It’s not uncommon these days to see showy culinary favorites like bright red swiss chard mixed right in with non-edible flora.
Photo courtesy of Modernize.
Nab a Set of Bright Dinnerware
We’re literally only a hair’s breadth away from summer, so that means all your outdoor festivities are just on the horizon. Be ready for your next turn entertaining with a set of brightly colored dinnerware. Accent pieces like these turn up the volume on the whole evening—and will help you and your guests shake off the winter doldrums in no time. Your whole porch will sing with vibrant color every time you set the table!
Curate a Colorful Gallery Wall
Gallery walls are a great way to tie together dissonant elements in a room—like one or two different color schemes—and offer a chance to express yourself as well. For a color bonanza, try placing sturdy elements along a fenceline to add personality to forgotten wall space. Pair an electric tone like searing magenta with black and white hanging accents and other paraphernalia, and never have a dull outdoor moment again.
Home decor in bright, unexpected hues? Color me impressed!
Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.