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Our memory of another dark, long winter begins to fade with the promise of a new season. Spring cleaning happens in the garden as well as inside the house. This is the perfect time to surround yourself with the comforts of a well-appointed home. Whether you own or rent, your home should say a great deal about who you are, what you love and what makes you comfortable. Your home is a snapshot of your soul, as guests see a deeper part of who you are there. Early spring reminds us of why we love our homes, with so many new beginnings promised. Simple home décor ideas help your home transition from one season to another with punches of color and texture that mimic the burst of spring.

Begin by focusing on what you love about your space – colors, textures and styles. Although your taste might change over the years, your core likes and dislikes probably won’t. If you focus on the basic elements of your aesthetic style, building a spring décor theme is easy. For me, it comes down to three basic spring principles: maximizing light, adding signs of life and using natural textures.

OPEN UP

I love the views of my garden through my divided-light windows. So rather than cover the windows, I kept them bare and painted the trim in an oil base high-gloss white. The results allow me to njoy the details of the windows while admiring unobstructed views of the garden, regardless of what time of year it is. A fresh coat of high-gloss paint on trim reflects the light and will brighten any space without your having to invest in a complete paint job. This is a great do-it-yourself project, with results that are cool, clean and modern.

ACCENTUATE YOUR SPACE

Create an accent wall with a fresh, bold color of the season. Orange, plum and shades of grey are big design trends right now. The visual impact is huge and the commitment minor as an accent wall takes much less time to paint than an entire room. Although you’ll most likely read many opinions of what wall to choose, I feel the best option for a high impact, bold color accent wall is one that is solid, without doors or windows. However, that’s not always possible, so then look for where the focus of the room is – behind a headboard, around the mantelpiece – and consider that space.

Painter beware, however, that while these bold colors look fantastic in magazines, most homeowners don’t have a stylist or decorator to create a cohesive design. If you want to avoid ending up with a shocking wall that doesn’t match anything else in your home, then paint your accent wall three to four shades darker than the adjoining walls. This is a safer alternative but still provides visual impact. Why follow a trend when you can create your own?

REFLECT

Reflection creates light, light creates energy and energy creates a special ambiance in any room. A silver trophy filled with brightly colored candy, an extra mirror or a glass tabletop all capture and reflect light beautifully. Apothecary jars are a must-have for any room. Fill them with moss balls, shells, or even birch branches. These vessels reflect light while allowing you to display signs of life from nature.

SWAP OUT

My grandmother changed the curtains in her house each spring and fall for a fresh, new look. I change the lampshades: black for the winter and a light paper shade for spring and summer. Quick, easy and, if I do say so myself, quite clever. A plant, a bowl of fruit or cut flowers – anything that offers a fragrant aroma – fills a room with life. Bulbs are a perfect way to introduce color and fragrance into a room. They are long-lasting and can be transplanted into the garden for years of enjoyment. Your local grocery store or garden center are a great resource for forced bulbs. All you have to do is transplant them into a decorative cachepot and top them off with some lime green reindeer moss for a professional look.

Here’s a fresh new idea: put cut flowers in a glass vase filled with colored water. I love this look.With just about any color of the rainbow available, you can match your personal style and taste with the flowers or go with a bold, unexpected color for that wow factor. Who knew that just a few drops of food coloring could become a great design element? Wicker is making a huge comeback in interior design, as it offers balance to manufactured items. Your eyes will gravitate to the texture and the organic look and feel of wicker. An ottoman, a chair or even an oversized tray will do the trick. Discover wicker as a new design resource, not just for inviting spring into your home, but for a nostalgic look.

STAND UP TO STAND OUT

If you have a fireplace and you’re tired of lugging around wood and hauling ashes, then this idea is for you. Stacked and layered birch logs is not a new look for your firebox, but birch logs piled stacked upright will definitely light your fire. So go ahead and fire up some early spring design.

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Mar Jennings is a lifestyle expert and the host of Northeast Living on FOX CT.