It seems like only last week that I was talking about Christmas home decor and gift ideas, yet here we are on the cusp of the Spring Equinox and with Easter only a week away. Spring has sprung upon us rather quickly this year and I for one feel like I haven’t really invested the time to properly stand back and appreciate the delicate Spring flowers tentatively starting to appear in the garden or relish the oh-so-subtle heat of the new Spring sunshine in between scurrying clouds.
But enough poetic thoughts. The Easter Bunny is arriving early this year and it’s time to freshen up the home with some Spring touches. Decorating your home at this time of year needn’t be as opulent and obvious as at Christmas time; in fact, Easter decorations are at their most effective if kept delicate and simple.
Not sure how to go about it? Here are five stylish decor ideas you can start on this weekend and enjoy in the run up to the festivities…
1 Decorate an Easter Branch
The humble Easter branch is gaining popularity and thankfully doesn’t involve hauling a 6 foot Spruce through your living room door. A few fallen branches collected on a park or country walk, left bare or spray painted white and arranged in a pitcher jug, galvanised metal container or glass vase will suffice here. Fill the container with stones or sand to hold the branches firmly in place if required, and decorate by hanging a collection of dainty Easter eggs, bunnies and baubles. Make your own hanging decorations from pieces of coloured felt and string or keep an eye out in garden centres and local supermarkets for packs of pastel coloured eggs and felt shapes.
This is the Easter branch display I decorated last year with the kids. They enjoyed hanging their own handmade creations onto it too, however it’s up to you how ‘rustic’ or on-trend you want it to look!
These branches below have been decorated with little eggs made from layers of delicate tissue paper sewn together… I love the little flower buds that have been left intact. So pretty.
Or how about a more architectural, modern take on the Easter branch as seen here? This would make a stunning display above a dining table. Recreate the look with clear glass baubles and clip-on birds retrieved from the Christmas box!
Image: Architecture Art Designs
2 Make an Easter Wreath
Make your front entrance extra welcoming to guests this Easter with a beautiful Spring wreath. For you creative types out there, entwine a selection of Spring flowers gathered from the garden around a plain twig wreath base (try local garden centres for these) for a look that’s similar to this. If, however, you aren’t confident about making your own, ask a local florist to create one for you, perhaps to coordinate with your front door colour or any planters you have sitting out.
Loving the soft pinks against the pale blue door here…
Image: Etsy via Pinterest
This one makes me smile! Perfect for the keen crafters amongst you… find the instructions here. An ideal opportunity to use up some of that wool stash this weekend, no?
I haven’t actually come across a huge number of Spring wreaths on the high street, however if you live near a John Lewis, you can find this lovely Easter egg wreath or this more modern one, decorated with speckled eggs and feathers.
3 Create a Spring Mantelpiece
We decorate our mantelpieces at Christmas, so why not at Easter, too? Arrange mini baskets of creamy white hyacinths, vases of tiny narcissi or colourful tulips on top of your fireplace, along with cute bunny figurines, delicate candles or an elegant Spring wreath propped against the mirror or wall behind. Go for a classic all white scheme or a soft palette of Spring pastels in shades of lavender, lemon, sky blue and rose.
If you love the vintage look, this arrangement is for you. The green and white scheme keeps things fresh and clean.
Image: Home by Heidi
A simple paper chain in pastel colours is enough against the white fire surround shown here. A few subtle Easter ornaments set along the top create a cute display. Find a similar bunny ornament to this one here.
4 Update your Floral Displays
Bring a splash of colour and creativity to your home this Easter by displaying Spring flowers in alternative vessels to the standard clear glass vase, such as enamel jugs, little tin buckets or pretty tea cups.
Image: The House of Smiths
These tea cups would look beautiful set along a dining table for Easter lunch. The trick here is to keep the posy size in proportion with the ‘vase’. Many charity shops and car boot stalls sell cups and saucers like these for a couple of pounds each.
Image: Woman & Home
How stunning is this simple floral display? This would look perfect set along a mantelpiece or open kitchen shelf or dresser.
Image: Saidosdaconcha Blogspot
5 Introduce a few Spring Home Accessories
Finally, for an easy Easter decor update that can be brought out year after year, invest in some new cushions, linens and other Easter follies for the home. Many of the high street shops have gorgeous cushions, napkins and bedlinen adorned with fresh Spring designs, featuring bunnies, March hares, Spring lambs and fluffy chicks, as well as the more subtle floral and pastel patterns.
To round off, here are a few little finds you can pick up this weekend …
1… Highgate Rose Hen Egg Cup £6 // Cath Kidston
2… Wooden Bird House Decoration £4 // John Lewis
3… Nordic Hare Tea Towel £6 // M&S
4… Rabbit Lamp £20 // George Home at Asda
5… Tweet Cushion £19.99 // Dunelm
6… Small Bunny Glass Jar £15 // M&S
7… Set of 12 Bright Egg Decorations £9.50 // John Lewis
Remember to follow my Easter / Spring Decor board on Pinterest for more inspiring ideas. In the meantime, happy shopping and have a lovely weekend everyone!
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