By Vickie Williamson
Spring is within sight now and a welcome sight it is after our harsh winter here in Northern Virginia. It’s finally time to open the drapes and let some light in our homes. If you’re like me, spring is a chance to start fresh and prepare for
the warm summer to come, so let’s explore a few ways to bring the feel of spring into our homes.
Window Treatments: If you’ve been living with heavy drapes during the winter, now is the time to take those down and replace them. Draperies or curtains made from linen, cotton, silk and sheers are all good choices for letting light into a room, and spring is the perfect season for lighter window treatments.
Bedding: The bedrooms can probably use a little brightening as well this month. Replace heavy comforters with lighter and brighter coverlets or bedspreads. Pack away unnecessary blankets and throws and open the blinds for a sunny, welcome retreat.
Furniture: If you’ve kept furniture under cover to protect it from the ravages of winter, it’s time to uncover it and
assess the condition of the upholstery and cushions. Spring is a good time to have your upholstered furniture pieces
cleaned and readied for another season. It’s also a good time to remove unnecessary items from each space and
rearrange the furniture and accessories if you feel it’s time for a change.
Accessories: Add pops of color to your spaces with brightly colored pillows in the living and bedroom and new
towels in the bathroom. If you want a more subdued look then try whites, tans, soft blues and aqua as accent colors
in these spaces. New pretty candles and baskets will help wake up your spaces quickly as well.
Prince William resident Vickie Williamson owns Fine Design Custom Framing & Interiors in Woodbridge. She has worked in the fine art, framing and decorating industry for more than 25 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.