Welcome Spring Early: Fresh Flowers, Color, & More

Welcome spring early with these ten ideas for your home. Easy and budget-friendly tips that use greenery, light spring colors, fresh artwork and more.

If you find yourself longing for spring, you are in the right place. I’ve gathered together my ten best ideas to welcome spring early to your home. Some of you who are in the southern states might actually be experiencing spring-like temps. Up north, we are still in a deep freeze with snow on the ground. Either way, a smattering of fresh spring colors will cheer up your space and I guarantee you will feel better!

Tips to Welcome Spring Early!

pink flowers in pitcher ways to welcome spring early

1. Add fresh flowers and foliage.

The easiest way to bring a breath of spring air into your home is with fresh flowers or foliage. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive. A simple bouquet of grocery store flowers will do the trick. I don’t have a Trader Joe’s close by, but I know they have amazing bunches of flowers for a good price. If you need some tips for arranging, just click HERE. 

baskets with lids beside neutral chair

2. Neutralize & lighten.

Lightening and neutralizing your fabrics is a great way to welcome spring. Keep the cozy factor because winter is definitely not over…but add lighter throws and pillows to give your space a fresh look. Some of us did this after the holidays, but if you didn’t, now is a great time to break out the neutrals. 

Easy Spring Project: Forcing Branches to Bloom
Photo from Satori Design for Living

3. Force blooming stems and bulbs.

It’s a little too early to do this up north, but in the south, it might be the perfect time to welcome spring by forcing blooms. You can force anything that blooms in the spring like forsythia, cherry or crabapple. I’ve only done this once with forsythia, and it was many years ago. I would love to try again this spring. If you want more details right now, visit Forcing Branches to Bloom from Satori Design for Living. 

Note: If you want to pin Shauna’s lovely image, please click over and pin from her blog. Thank you!

round forsythia wreath on blue door welcome spring ideas

4. Add a spring wreath or basket to your door.

Greet your guests and welcome spring by hanging a bright wreath or basket on your door. Choose something that adds curb appeal and shows up from the street. Yellow, white or pink are good choices. Put it up now and leave it up until summer. Click the link below for more ideas! Get all the information on our front door color {HERE.}

7 Spring Wreath Ideas

diy lemon flower arrangement on table

5. Add something yellow.

There is something about the color yellow that makes you feel happy. It’s cheerful and bright…and the perfect way to welcome spring. Adding a touch of yellow to your decor can be as easy as buying a bag of lemons and placing them in a bowl. I know they won’t last forever, but they will last quite a while. Another idea is making a lemon and flower arrangement. It will last for several days and the dose of spring colors will make you smile! Last, go ahead and splurge on a bouquet of yellow tulips. Divide them up into small vessels and you have an instant coffee table display. 

yellow and white tulips in jars

Tip: Don’t forget to use layers. Add a tray or two to corral the vessels. Your display will look more cohesive and pack a spring punch!

william morris pattern free printable quote pin

6. Change your artwork.

Changing your artwork seasonally is an easy and budget-friendly way to freshen your decor and welcome spring. Sometimes it’s even free! Make an initial investment in frames and mats, then rotate your artwork. 

Free Artwork:

lavender sachet with tag hanging on cabinet knob to welcome spring

7. Add fresh and light floral scents.

Certain scents come to mind when I think of spring. Lavender, gardenia, and lily of the valley to name just a few. Welcome spring early to your home by buying a scented candle, or making lavender sachets. My friend Lory, from Designthusiasm, gathered together 10 Ways to Use Home Fragrance. Visit her blog and get inspiration for adding a luxury touch to your home for spring. 

fruit on cakestand in kitchen welcome spring in kitchen

8. Organize and Clean.

Back in the day, spring cleaning was a big deal. Housewives all over America would wash walls and curtains, clean out closets and cupboards, and generally get their homes in order. I don’t generally do any spring cleaning, but I recently decluttered my kitchen counters, and refreshed them for spring. What a difference it made! 

tulips in ball jars to welcome spring

9. Rearrange your furniture and accessories

I don’t rearrange my furniture, but I love to move my accessories around the house. To welcome spring early, I placed a white ironstone tray on our coffee table, and topped it with flower-filled blue Ball jars. I followed my own advice, and added some yellow tulips to the white tulips and eucalyptus. For the past few weeks, my grocery store has had bouquets of tulips in all different colors. I’ve been buying them every time I shop…and it has definitely lifted my spirits, and brightened the space. 

*Some links lead to websites where I am an affiliate. Click HERE for my disclosure statement. 

mini angel food bundt cakes on blue plates

Mini Angel Food Bundt Cakes

10. Lighten your menu.

Although technically not decor, my last tip is something I am trying very hard to do right now. Early spring almost always coincides with the season of Lent. It’s the perfect time to eat a little lighter and hopefully lose a few pounds. When I do this, I just feel better and that’s always a good thing. So here’s to resisting the urge to make comfort food and choosing the salad instead!

I hope you found one or two ideas that you can use to welcome spring early to your home. Thank you for your friendship and kindness…I am so grateful. 

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  1. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Thanks for the suggestions. Always look forward to your post.
    What do you use to clean hardwoods?
    I think the kitchen floor gets too dirty for hardwoods. Help me here. Note: please add date back to your post.

  2. Hi Ann,
    Thank you for all of the spring ideas. I’m going to pull out my white tray and glass vases right now and get started.
    I love your white chairs in idea 2. Are those still available? Comfortable?
    Thank you for posting. I look forward to reading your blog.

  3. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Ann, what a lovely cheery post with such beautiful pictures! Thanks, so much! I always look forward to your posts! Thanks, too, for all the research you do for us to make things easy! We really appreciate you! Have a great week!

  4. I am very grateful for you. Always lifting up my spirits and making me smile. I’ll definitely buy spring flowers this week! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    You always brighten my day with your cheerful, positive thoughts and ideas. Thank you, Ann,

  6. Karen Mary says:

    SO glad it’s time to do this! I like to thoroughly clean a room and them reward myself by adding spring to it. Off to buy some tulips! Thanks for the lovely inspiration this morn!

  7. 5 stars
    always refreshing. after seeing this and others with so much white, makes me want to re-do everything in my house. thanks ann and keep the sunshine coming!

  8. Susan Roberts says:

    5 stars
    Happy Birthday Ann!

  9. Nice ideas, Ann, for raising the pleasure and optimism quotient as we all impatiently wait for Spring to show up. I, for one, am so looking forward to getting out of the house without wearing multiple layers of clothing! One of the things I dislike heartily about our cold weather here in Michigan. My yearly tradition for perking up my decor as well as my spirits in March is to buy a big bunch of daffodils and bring them home. They are my favorite flower and about the only yellow thing I ever decorate with! I love their cheerful trumpet-shaped flowers and their heavenly scent, so I’m hoping to find some soon.

    I love the way you’ve layered your coffee table display of Spring flowers with the basket and tray and pitchers. I have a collection of white pitchers also which I love to display. Guess I’ll dig them out now that you’ve given me the reminder!

    Thanks for you uplifting post!

  10. Ann, the photos are lovely and the ideas spot on. I especially like the reminder to be eating lighter and it will make us feel better!

  11. KittyLuvr says:

    Ann, you always have the best ideas! I almost always hop up after reading one of your posts and try to imitate what you have shared! From white pitchers to bunny pillows, you have helped me make my home cozier and more current! You are such a treasure! (And so are your recipes!)

  12. Great collection of welcoming spring ideas. The one thing that I like to do is buy a large bunch of daffodils at my local grocery and put them in an ironstone pitcher. To me nothing says spring like yellow daffodils. Thank you for sharing your other spring ideas, lets hope that March goes out like a lamb.

  13. Some fabulous ideas to brighten up my home. Thank you 😊

  14. HI Ann,
    I’m here in the Midwest and really looking forward to spring. Love the tips for bringing it in early! I think spring cleaning was to clean out all the smoke and soot from the coal furnace. Since I have a gas furnace I don’t really do much serious cleaning either! One of my favorite places to pick up cut flowers is Aldi’s. They have a limited selection but they are always nice.

    Thanks for all your great ideas! Looking forward to warmer weather!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Oh my gosh…I had no idea about Aldi’s. I have one about 5 minutes away. I will definitely check it out. Thank you so much!

  15. Linda Biondi says:

    I’ve been a member for awhile, but I can’t find the link to Members Only to download the watercolor flower prints. Thanks for helping!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Linda…I’m sending you an email!

  16. Dixie McQuality says:

    Thank you so much – I made my forsynthia door basket last night. Love your ideas!!

  17. Ann Drake says:

    Awesome information and makes total sense. Thank you!

  18. Great tips ! Love the flowers in white pitchers !

  19. Bev Peeler says:

    Gorgeous post. Am updating my kitchen and would like some flooring ideas.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Bev! How fun to be updating your kitchen. I am jealous! I love the hardwoods I installed in my home and they are in the kitchen as well as other living areas. I would never install tile of any sort because of the grout issues and upkeep. That’s just my opinion though. Depending on your budget, laminate is a great option too. My #1 choice would be hardwoods!

  20. Nancy Lindblom says:

    Your ideas are fresh and inviting. I have recently moved to a nice mobile home and I am using your ideas to make it mine. I want it to look and live like a home, my home, with my touches and style.
    Thank you Ann for all you do to help us have wonderful places to live.

  21. Sandra Sampson says:

    Love all your refreshing ideas and pictures. I live in Nova Scotia and cut some forsythia branches 2 weeks ago and they have bloomed out nicely. Everyone, if you have a forsythia bush, cut a few branches and enjoy a burst of early spring color.

  22. I have been armed with cans of spray paint reinventing what I have into neutrals.Also bought a lavender wreath for my front door.I usually make one but was feeling lazy.I am a tray girl,I think they’re great for making vignettes.Your tray within a tray, very pretty with the yellow tulips, one of my favorites.

    1. Kathy Menold says:

      Daffodils and green and white dishes are my go to early spring decor. I bring out my collection of Portugese cabbageware and mix it in with English and Irish white stoneware. Later will bring out some bunnies and eggs for Easter.

  23. I’ll do a lot of these ideas when we hit daylight saving times. Now, I’m adding sprinkles of yellow throughout. Thanks for that refreshing idea.

  24. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Hi! Ann! Your post today was such a wonderful breath of Spring! It is snowing and blowing here where we live! We are really looking forward to Spring! Love your gorgeous daffodils! We have not seen them here in our stores but should be arriving soon — and I will definitely be bringing a few bunches home to enjoy! They are such a “cheery” flower! In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the yellow roses that I get from Costco! Have a wonderful week, Ann! Blessings!

  25. Norma Rolader says:

    Absolutely awesome information

  26. A tray within a tray! Why didn’t I think of that?! Just got rid of my basket tray because things never sat evenly, as well as a pretty ceramic tray that would have been perfect! I purged too soon!!! Love all your ideas!

  27. Thank you we so need a peek of Spring,it’s snowed here everyday for 8 days.

  28. Candy Thomas says:

    Such good ideas. I don’t know how you do it, but you always manage to inspire.

  29. Terri Herman says:

    Just lovely! These ideas are getting me motivated! Thanks so much. 😀

  30. Great ideas, as I’m looking out on a gray, foggy, winter’s day. Your ideas really brighten things up, and all the while give such a sense of calm and serenity. I like the idea of adding “food” to decor. This mini-angel food bundts are adorable. I love your printables. Thanks for making them available for subscribers.

  31. Good to know I’m on track. I bought several large bunches of tulips last week for the front door. After I take down the Valentine’s Day wreath, my tulips will go up. I use an old hexagon lampshade that I painted and added a bottom to by using heavy cardboar. With ribbon used to hang it, I’m adding a little spring too. Thank you for your article! I’m ready for spring to be a reality!

  32. Can’t wait for spring. Getting outside even if It’s to pick up sticks in the yard.
    I have to share with you how my mother who lived in the south would send me my birthday bouget in February for my birthday. She would cut branches of forsythia and peach trees. She wrapped them in wet paper towel and paper and mailed to me in Ohio. Her instruction was to place in a vase or pitcher of water and put in my sunniest window. I did and in about a week I would have a lovely bouget. My sister still lives in Ohio so for her birthday this year I mailed her a bouget. Yesterday she texted me a picture of her pretty bouget of yellow forsythia. .what a wonderful way to carry on what our mother started with . I now live in the south and in fact the bush that I cut the branches from is one that I had started from mothers Bush that she gave me after I moved to the south. Just had to share. Thank you for all your inspiration.

  33. KittyLuvr says:

    I just got home from working a week in the frigid north temps! And today it’s going to be 68 where I live……although with drizzle..your ideas were just what I needed! Plus the hyacinth bulb I bought in a glass vase for just $4.99 burst through and the smell is just like my grandmother’s yard in the spring! Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas that are easy and cost efficient to implement.

  34. Thank you for the ideas Ann. Sometimes it is the easy things that make a difference. I use baskets on my coffee table too and never thought of the tray on it to stabilize things!! Love the tulips and daffodils!

  35. Thanks for all the great ideas and free printables . Since I am an artist my walls often get a change of new paintings as I take some down to sell or for a show. I plan to buy some flowers today as your article sparked my desire for spring here in upstate frozen,snowy NY.

  36. Thank you for your generosity, I love your talent!!!