As we say goodbye to winter and welcome spring with open arms, it’s time to liven up our living spaces with a little revamping! Over at ARI, we personally love to do some “seasonal housekeeping.” Whether that means cleaning out our closets, setting new personal & business goals, or redecorating the house, changing things up helps us feel fresh, energized, and lively for the new season!

At ARI, we understand that nothing impacts your mood quite like your home. Since people are products of their environment, one of the best ways to feel rejuvenated is to liven up your living space. We strive to create spaces that are not only vibrant and bold, but also attractive and inviting. We want you to feel just as energized as we do for this upcoming spring season, so here are 5 ways that you can liven up your living space:

living room and kitchen

Via Anne Rue Interiors Dominica Project

KEEP YOUR SOFA NEUTRAL As Celerie Kemble said, “There’s a reason we don’t see the world in black and white.” Color has the power to instantly boost your mood. One of the simplest ways to get color into your space is by having a neutral sofa, so you can use pillows for that pop of color! I think we can all agree that changing your sofa seasonally isn’t particularly feasible. Pillows, on the other hand, are so easy to change out and play around with depending on the season or occasion!

sofa and bar

Via Anne Rue Interiors St. Lucia Project

GOODBYE COCKTAIL TABLE, HELLO COCKTAIL OTTOMAN Trade in your cocktail table for a versatile, cocktail ottoman. We’re all about a functional living space that accommodates your many needs. Use your ottoman to kick back after a long day at work, or layer it with a beautiful tray topped with coffee table books, a charcuterie board, and glasses of chardonnay when hosting friends!

Couch and coffee table with rugs

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GROUNDING IS KEY Picking out the perfect rug is crucial to making your house feel like a home. A rug not only grounds your space, but also ties the whole room together. Get funky, keep it simple, or even layer one on top of the other! Just make sure you’re being intentional when picking a rug for your living space.

A newly designed living room and kitchen

Via Anne Rue Interiors St. Thomas Project

LAYER THE LIGHTING Ambience is everything- these are words to live by. Gone are the days of basic, overhead lighting. Bring your space to life with lamps, lighting that is dimmable, floor lamps, and a chandelier. Layering your lighting this way creates a space that can easily flip between feeling warm and inviting, dazzling and elegant, and peaceful and relaxing.

A bedroom decorated

Via Anne Rue Interiors Dominica Project

DON’T FORGET THE DRAPES No room is complete without them. Not only do they finish the space, but they also help to make it warm and comfortable, while contributing to the overall personality. Blending comfort and personality will turn any home from livable to lively!

If there’s anything to take away, it’s knowing that the key to making any space fun, comfortable, and inviting is the layering of textures and color. Don’t be afraid to get creative and play around with those things this upcoming spring season. After all, this is your space; make sure you love it. 

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