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The Absolute Greatest Tips To ‘Spring-ify’ Your Saratoga Home

Interior decorating made easy by our design expert.

Refresh your Saratoga home with lighter colors and floral wallpaper this spring. (Beverly Tracy)

With the hope of a Saratoga spring in our sights—and warmer days, when we can finally reclaim our porches and gardens—it’s time to find inspiring new home decor options that nod to the freshness of the upcoming season. I love the opportunity spring brings to clean and refresh my home with a new coat of paint, cluster of potted plants or set of seasonal furnishings. I also look forward to dusting, clearing clutter and addressing previously ignored (small) projects. A new decade is the perfect time to focus on shedding ten years of the same stuff we’ve looked at, sat in and thought about up until the present. Now’s the time to make your Saratoga home feel new again, and here are six sensational ways to make that happen today.

Join The Navy Blue Revolution I love “Naval,” Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year for 2020. It’s a lovely deep navy blue, which is at the same time classic, sophisticated and versatile. Use it to paint your kitchen cabinets for a modern classic look, family room walls for a cozy feel and man cave for a tranquil, masculine ambiance. Navy (the color) can be incorporated in your home in other ways, too: Hang a navy-striped rug in a hall, position a navy sofa in a favorite room, swap in a navy duvet on your bed or add navy cooking utensils to your kitchen.

Speaking Of Blue, Get Painting A fresh coat of paint brightens a room more impactfully than anything else you can do. Select a room, clean and cover dirty spots, fill in dings and choose a lovely white neutral or classic navy. Pick a quiet weekend, grab a gallon of paint and paint your walls!

Don’t Fear Light And Bright Spring also means a lighter color palette. Right now, it feels right to have lighter colors and airier fabrics—and with new technology available to us, it’s possible to achieve this look with stain protection. Gone are the days when we avoided white linen like the plague. Now, pale colors are light for spring, and we don’t have to fear using them. Add pale neutrals and pastel pillows, throws and decorative accessories. Natural light textures, including rattan and wicker, reflect freshness and spring.

Jump On The Green Bandwagon When spring’s finally sprung, you’ll be spending a lot more time outdoors—but in the meantime, you should also be looking for ways to bring nature indoors. Incorporate greenery—potted plants and fresh-cut flowers—into your home, and you’ll be embracing its calming, rejuvenating qualities. With succulents come natural color, texture and that desired connection to nature (plus, they’re so easy to keep alive).

Let Your Wallpaper Work Its Wonders Wallpaper freshens a home for spring in a big way, especially in foyers, powder bathrooms and as a feature in your bedroom. My top picks for spring are textured linen and floral wallpapers. Flowers are back with a modern twist; this isn’t your grandma’s wallpaper; today’s version is larger-scale and bold.

Make Your House A Modern Art Gallery Oversized art on your walls will bring a fresh look to your house this spring. Large, bold, impactful patterns; strong colors; and contemporary techniques will make your walls feel modern and alive. And family portraits and candid shots, printed in black and white, with white mats and uniform frames arranged on a wall, gallery-style, will provide them with a classic and clean look.  


Where To Get It 

Sherwin-Williams
226 Washington Ave,
Saratoga Springs

I love popping into Sherwin-Williams to get swatches of the newest colors. Designer Tip: Get paintable frames at Target and paint them in the color of the season, classic navy!

Sunnyside Gardens
345 Church St., Saratoga Springs
Pop into Sunnyside Gardens to pick up succulent plants and cute planters for a modern green addition to any room. And as a shopping treat, be sure to pick up a homemade doughnut on the way out!

PaperDolls of Saratoga
454 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Best known for sophisticated printed invites and note cards, PaperDolls is a great place to rummage through wrapping papers and floral prints.

Kettlewell & Edwards
13 Phila St., Saratoga Springs
Take those prints from PaperDolls and run over to Kettlewell & Edwards for framing. This is a great way to add a hint of spring to your home!

Beverly Tracy
Beverly Tracy

Beverly Tracy is an award-winning, nationally recognized interior designer based in Saratoga Springs. She's saratoga living's Design Editor.

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