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Bring on Spring With a Minimalist Home Makeover

by Evelyn Long


Updating the look of your minimalist home for spring can be challenging. Homeowners often equate minimalism with tranquility, which contradicts the season’s excited energy. A minimalist house is synonymous with serenity, evoking simplicity and peacefulness.


white minimalist kitchen with pops of color in decor

Although the minimalist aesthetic has clearly defined design principles, there are exceptions to its rules. There’s a gray area between minimalism and maximalism, giving you some latitude in reimagining your home interior. Use these 11 tips to make your space scream spring while preserving its soul.


1. Decide on Your Theme

Minimalism is about decorating space with intention. However, you can only design with purpose if you have a clear idea of what you want to communicate. Your space’s underlying theme can be subtle, but it should see the whole picture when the observer notices the clues and pieces the puzzle together.


Spring can symbolize various things. It can signal a fresh start or a promise of renewal. The season can signify birth or rebirth. It can represent the next chapter in a cycle or the beginning of a new journey after another has ended.


tranquil bedroom in white with pop of yellow plaid

Spring symbols are open to interpretation, so feel free to put your spin on what this season should bring. Think things through to harmonize your design elements and effectively tell the narrative you wish to convey.


2. Remove Winter Mementos

Recreating your minimalist space to match the changing seasons is only possible with decluttering. Spring decorations should take the literal spot of the winter elements present in your home. You should only proceed to redecoration when only neutral or evergreen objects remain.


Pine cones, candles, furry pillows, lanterns and birch logs feel out of place in a spring-themed house. Out-of-season produce, such as pomegranates, pumpkins, oranges and winter squashes, don’t belong to your space from March to June. In contrast, asparagus and rhubarbs do. Any farmer would understand your seasonal references.


3. Rethink Your Focal Points

Every room must have a center of attention. This dominant feature draws the eyes and aesthetically sets the tone for the rest of the decor. It must be visually striking because of its large size or distinct character. It should help the observer make sense of the room and perceive it as attractive.


Without a clear focal point, the secondary decorations may compete with one another for attention and fail because none have dominance by design. Your minimalist space may look confusing or uninteresting as a result.


green velvet sofa

Whatever objects you use as focal points, make sure they’re adjustable. Minimalist spaces are big on movable or changeable statement pieces, so you can’t go wrong with anything you can conveniently relocate to another spot. Excellent candidates for your spring-inspired rooms are tulip paintings, sun-shaped lighting fixtures and pieces of grass-colored furniture.


4. Add Botanical Ornaments

Indoor greenery springing up is a symbolic transition out of winter. Small potted vegetation can beautify your space while existing quietly in the background. Extravagant houseplants can make arresting focal points.


Only a few are blessed to have a green thumb. That’s why it can be enticing to buy fake shrubs to inject a sense of nature inside the house while freeing yourself from the usual gardener duties. However, decorating your minimalist space with real, low-maintenance plants — like aloe veras and peach lilies — is practical on many levels.


aloe vera on a tray with a magazine

The addition of plants contributes to biophilic interior design, satisfying your innate need to connect with nature and other living organisms. Horticultural therapy can boost feelings of well-being to alleviate various conditions, including depression and anxiety. Greenery can remove airborne contaminants and microbes to promote good indoor air quality.


5. Leave Your Windows Bare

An airy space has spring written all over it. Leaving your windows completely or partially bare lets them catch plenty of sun, which your indoor greenery loves.


Minimalist spaces are naturally bright because of the heavy use of light-colored paint. However, they appear more cheery when uninterrupted daylight can penetrate deeply into your rooms. The brighter your space is, the stronger a reminder it is that the gloomy winter months are over to uplift your mood.


Moreover, uncovered glass units frame panoramic views. Taking snapshots of the outside world allows the surrounding landscape to become part of your interior design. Minimalist houses with small square footage can still feel claustrophobic despite having zero knickknacks. The combination of more light and more view creates an illusion of space.


minimalist bathroom with statement bath tub

One of the downsides to natural light is ultraviolet (UV) exposure. In large amounts, UV rays can damage 45% of interior areas and items. Overexposure to UV radiation can cause carpets, furniture fabrics and wall painting to fade quickly. This invisible light can wreak havoc on your belongings, even on cloudy days.


How do you reconcile daylighting with UV protection? You have two options — awning installation and window upgrade.


Installing window awnings can provide shade when the sun is too intense. These canopies can be retractable, so you only need to expand them when needed. Plus, awnings can extend your indoor space outward and let you enjoy the benefits of spring minus the inconveniences.


Replacing inefficient windows with high-performance ones can also protect your decor from discoloration. Glazed products with low-emissivity coatings filter out most of the sun’s invisible rays and let in just natural illumination.


Retractable awnings and high-performance windows are not mutually exclusive. Having both dramatically mitigates the flow of UV radiation indoors.


6. Change Seasonal Furnishings

Any furnishing reminding of the holidays and the cold should go. Use fresh bedding, window treatments, carpets, rugs and doormats. Replace snowmelt with blooms and reindeer with birds. Swap out cellular shades for sheer curtains.


Spring welcome mats are typically colorful and have intricate details, inducing sensory overload. Look for simplistic designs instead. Better yet, buy customizable ones.


minimalist hallway

When designing your mats from scratch, choose icons over text to speak volumes about your minimalist home’s theme without saying a word and using too much positive space. Honeybees, sunflowers, garden tools and birdhouses instantly hint at spring.


7. Introduce Vibrant Accents

Neutrals and plain hues are quintessentially minimalist because they’re calming. However, using spring colors to breathe life into your space doesn't hurt and keeps it from appearing bland.


Psychology says red adds energy to a lackluster room instead of raising blood pressure in small doses. Its pastel versions can arouse feelings of romance, love and passion. Bright yellows lend playfulness to a room devoid of items when used sparsely. Rich shades of orange bring warmth to the space without causing overstimulation when used sparsely.


urban living room in natural colours with colour pops

Learn everything about color theory to know which hues and how much to use to achieve your desired mood in every room during the spring months.


8. Use Textured Pieces

A mostly white minimalist space can feel more like a hospital and less like a home. Use your spring makeover as an opportunity to diversify the textures in your interior design.


Wood furniture and handwoven textiles are an antidote to sterile feelings arising from a spotless space. Rough textures — literally or visually — counterbalance the softness of immaculate areas.


wood furniture and ratan textured home decor items

These natural elements are seasonally appropriate because they’re emblematic of spring flora, but their appeal is universal. They can remain relevant when summer, fall and winter roll around, so treat them as permanent additions to your home.


9. Play With Patterns

Rarely do minimalist homeowners risk using quirky patterns to avoid sabotaging the aesthetic’s spirit. However, some patterns here and there aren’t against the rules. For spring, floral patterns are your safest bet.


patterned minimalist throw pillows

As with vibrant colors, use eye-catching spring patterns in moderation. Bring them through rugs and accent pillows to avoid disrupting your space’s minimalist ambiance. On the contrary, you may not get away with wildly patterned carpets and wallpaper. They can be visually noisy and negatively impact your space’s reposefulness.


10. Put a Premium on Coherence

Minimalism demands consistency to achieve cohesion. If you decide to add greenery, commit to this idea across the board. If an area has one vibrant item, ensure every other room has one — you get the gist.


This way, areas of your home will feel interconnected instead of looking like separate zones with individual themes. Combining spring elements with no rhyme or reason can make your overall interior design feel lazy at best and tacky at worst.


tropical leaves in water vases

You don’t have to use identical items to achieve cohesion. Your rooms only need to share the same design concepts. For example, if you have a rattan chandelier in the kitchen, you can display a rattan Easter Bunny in the living room. Bamboo can manifest as a stairway handrail in one place and a bed frame in another. Cork coasters, stools, pots and pendant lights serve different purposes but come from the same source.


11. Keep Decorations Small

Oversized complementary spring ornaments are a huge no-no. If the star of your room’s design is too visually dominating, the supporting cast should be less conspicuous. Otherwise, your room may feel cramped.


minimalist industrial home

Abundant negative space is every minimalist home’s non-negotiable requirement. The unoccupied space between and around your stuff gives you a visual breather. Seeing less of it can make your rooms feel cluttered, even if you own just a few possessions.


Unleash the Minimalist Interior Designer in You

Jazzing up your home whenever the season changes can keep it looking fresh. These tips should point you in the right direction to pursue sensible changes.



Evelyn Long is the Editor-in-Chief of Renovated Magazine, where she writes on interior design and home organization content. She is passionate about making home styling easier for all homeowners and renters by writing about home interior trends. Subscribe to renovated.com/subscribe for more posts by Evelyn!

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