Jessica Harris | Home & Lifestyle | April 2023
Finally, the evenings are getting lighter, the air is getting warmer and the birdsong is getting louder. Spring is on its way and it's time to get our homes ready for the new season. Although it's custom to embark on the traditional spring clean – washing out cupboards, packing away winter clothes and dusting off the carpet cleaner – there are also a few additional tweaks you could try.
While winter is a time to hunker down and hibernate, spring is a time to awaken, take stock of the year ahead and create a living space that reflects our mood. At Westfield London's Home Quarter, we have a whole host of retailers waiting to help you bring your home back to life. With a few colourful accessories, fresh furnishings and decorative additions, you can breathe new life into your surroundings.
There's nothing better than sinking into fresh, clean sheets after a long day. As we start to shed the layers for less baltic nights, we can start to appreciate the feel of soft linens against our skin.
Designed for longevity, we recommend investing in your bedding collection to see the best results over time. Whether it's washed linens and brushed cotton or soft satin and silk on warmer spring evenings, you won't regret giving your bed wardrobe an upgrade.
Cotton 400TC Sateen Stripe Bedding Set | Habitat | from £70
Cloud Luxe Mattress | Tempur | from £359
Silk Pillowcase And Sleep Mask | H&M | £40
We couldn't talk about spring interiors without mentioning the age old spring clean. Traditionally a time when you don your Marigolds and get stuck into washing down walls, cupboards and carpets, it can also include smaller jobs such as washing sofa cushion covers, de-bobbling throws or replacing chipped and broken coffee mugs.
You'll be amazed at how much fresher your home will feel afterwards. Throw open the windows, put on your favourite playlist and get cracking!
Amtico Starter Kit | John Lewis & Partners | £15.50
Folding Laundry Hamper | H&M | £40
The days of bare trees, brown fields and barren landscapes is coming to an end as nature kicks into high gear. Hydrangeas are popping, buds are appearing and there's a faint scent of florals in the air. Bring the magic of outside into your home by adding some much-needed greenery. This could be freshly cut flowers and stems or (for the hayfever sufferers among us), prints of your favourite blooms atop sofas and walls.
Palm Rug | Bo Concept | £1399
Artificial Trailing Plant in Pot | Marks & Spencer | £10
Just as we associate winter with muted, earthy tones, spring's colour palette is bursting with rainbow tones.
If you're nervous about committing to a new furniture shade, why not start small with some key accessories? Think pink lampshades, green accent cushions or a floral plate set to lend some cheer into your room.
Belair 3 Seater Sofa | DFS | £749
Collage Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Cushion | West Elm | £54
Poole Pottery Volcano Birds | John Lewis & Partners | £70
You don't have to break the bank to get your home ready for spring – rearranging the furniture can have surprisingly impactful results.
Swapping armchairs around, moving your sofa to face a different direction or giving your bedroom drawers a new home in an adjoining room can instantly change the entire feel of a space. If you're slightly more limited, think about changing around your shelf styling instead.
Anais Dining Table with Marble Top | Heals | £2999
Small Glazed Decorative Jug | Marks & Spencer | £15
Dark and gloomy days aren't just reserved for winter. So, in the interim of those beautiful crisp and sunny spring days, keep the light flowing with some well-placed lamps for a cosy feel.
When April showers hit, curling up beside a soft reading light with a good book can make those days feel as welcome as the sunshine.
Peyrou Table Lamp | Raft Furniture | £250
Milton Floor Lamp | Heals | £259
We may have embraced those spiced, woody scents throughout the colder months, but now spring is afoot we can embrace more fresh and zesty fragrances through a few new candles. Lemon, iris, jasmine, basil and bergamot are all key notes of the season and can be easily found beneath a wick or two.
Melograno Air Freshener Sticks | Natuzzi | £54