With spring on the horizon, we share some cost-savvy ideas for giving your home a fresh, new look.

A few instant updates can transform your home from a winter hideaway to a light, breezy space. The key is to be creative.

Replace chunky knitted throws with light, colourful ones, or deck the halls with fresh flowers and foliage. Invest in a few statement elements and reorganise existing pieces in unexpected ways.

On the side

Every home needs fresh flowers and foliage – especially in spring, when there’s an abundance of blooms on your doorstep.

Your bedroom is the ideal place to start. Make a minimalist statement by dressing your bedside table with a loose arrangement of unfurling fern fronds and ivy.

For something lusher, plump up a posy of bought flowers with foliage foraged from your garden. Or make store-bought blooms go the extra mile by placing single stems in interesting vases. Place one or two small arrangements on your bedside table and one on your dresser, or even in your bathroom.

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On show

Invest in the latest on-trend ceramic cutlery and crockery, in cool hues. But don’t hide them in your kitchen cupboards. Add a pop of colour to the space by displaying the pieces on open shelves.

TIP: When entertaining, be the “hostess with the moistest” by putting your crockery on display. Take time to set your table with a mix of new pieces and family heirlooms, for a personal touch.

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So boho

Spruce up a nondescript space with a modern take on an old-school divan. Indulge your inner bohemian by mixing fabrics with clashing patterns. Set the scene for laid-back style with ottomans and scatters in damask, ikat, stripes and plains, in rich, russet hues. Spring evenings can still be chilly, so up the comfort factor with a cool cotton throw to snuggle under.

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Hello, sunshine

There’s no need to give your living room a complete overhaul each season. Key pieces, such as oversized mirrors, can do wonders to light up a room.

Follow the latest interior design trend by propping your mirror against a vertical surface, instead of mounting it on the wall. Although ornate framed mirrors are still on trend, frameless designs reflect a modern, edgy design approach.

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