Put a Spring in Your Step: Simple DIY ways to prepare your home – by Ebraheem Al Samadi, CEO of Forever Rose
Those who say “if we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant” have obviously never lived in the Middle East. With the cooler months passing and the high heat of summer imminent, it is obligatory to take advantage of the breezy and energized months of spring. As the rest of the world seems to be buried in snow and rain, we relish in spectacular sunny days and lazy sea breezes – minus the odd sandstorm here and there. As we slow down and prepare for the summer hibernation, it is the perfect opportunity to weed out the unnecessary and awaken untapped potential.
A good place to start anew is in the home, with budding possibilities to create seasonal energy. Awaken your home’s “inner spring” with simple DIY hacks. A mixture of vibrant colors, crisp scents, and small refurbishments are all effortless approaches to recreating spring accents. Spring happens to be my favorite time of year, not only due to the blossoming of flowers but as a great opportunity to experiment and reinvigorate the home. Below are five ways you can enliven a spring-inspired abode.
Start with a good spring clean
Nothing can revive a home as quickly as removing unnecessary clutter. Making this a standard procedure will provide you with the best opportunity to realize a home’s potential. If there are elements that have not been of use in the past year or do not bring you joy, there is no need to hold onto it. Throwing away the unnecessary can be therapeutic and if you haven’t thought about the item in 12 months, you probably won’t miss it. By putting your home on a detox of useless junk, it will inevitably create harmony and peace in the space.
Update your interior
Cheery colors and fabrics can recreate crisp and natural features within the home. Start by removing any heavy wool cushions or fabrics to make space airier. Use materials such as cotton or linen in pastel or earth tones to recreate a light ambiance for tables, couches, or bedding. Adding a touch of floral, such as brightly colored floral arrangements on the table, will open up the home and provide a beautiful natural floral scent throughout. There is no need to go out and buy a whole new living room, just a few small touches can brighten up the room. Simplicity is key.
Spruce up the outdoors
Spring is a perfect time to spend outdoors with family and friends. Ensure your outdoor space is ready for get-togethers by cleaning patio furniture and fixing anything that may have been broken from the year before. Ensure the garden is looking lush by landscaping and planting a variety of different flowers and trees to accent the greenery. If you live in an apartment, adding potted plants, a small herb garden, and hanging flowers can create a similar garden feeling on a balcony or terrace.
Use fresh scents
Spring brings to mind the smell of fresh cut grass, flowers bloom, cloudless skies, and a crisp freshness to the air. Use natural scents, such as citrus, ocean spray, and grapefruit, throughout the home to instantly uplift it to a springtime feeling. Our sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses, so choose scents that reinvigorate and initiate a feeling of bliss and cheerfulness.
Let the light in
The sun naturally uplifts our mood due to the increase of serotonin, unscientifically known as the happy hormone, which is released by the brain. Start by having your windows cleaned to allow natural light to enter the home. On those lazy, cooler days, turn off the AC and open the windows and doors to allow the light to flood in and provide fresh air. Filling your home with natural elements will do your body good, helping to reduce stress, boost your immune system, and provided added fuel for the soul.
Ebraheem Al Samadi, CEO of leading luxury florist Forever Rose at retail distribution company Al Samadi Group, is a young and dynamic entrepreneur. At just 28 years old, Ebraheem has pioneered somewhat of a floristry empire across the GCC and now has sights set on the UK and United States. REad more about Ebraheem in the link below;
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