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With Spring right around the corner, many Aussie households are swapping out their winter home design staples like knitted throws and blankets, for airier decor that's more complementary to this sunkissed season.
The Winter-Spring seasonal swap-over tends to be one of the most dynamic but labour-intensive transitions for households across the globe.
Thankfully, however, this Spring is all about getting back to basics, with many of the seasons forecasted trends being all about welcoming the natural world in.
Here's a closer look at some design trends that are poised to be Aussie favourites this Spring season.
Soft and organic sources of light
It's safe to say that months of lockdown have thoroughly inspired our interior design choices, from decking out home theatre rooms, to cobbling together home gym set-ups.
Post-pandemic, however, home designers are eager to engage with the natural world as much as possible, meaning soft and organic sources of natural light are vital to curating some stellar springtime interiors.
With this change in trends, linen curtains are becoming increasingly popular in households across Melbourne and Sydney, as their translucent weave allows natural light to filter into rooms with a softness that's befitting of the season.
The natural materials that make up these curtain panels are just as attractive to Spring 2021, as Vogue Australia asserts that natural, earthy tones are set to define the season.
Designing with natural elements
Of course, using natural light to illuminate your interiors has to be coupled with incorporating natural elements into your wider interior design scheme.
Drawing on natural, earthy tones being a signature trend for this coming Spring, incorporating furniture and decor made of natural or organic materials is becoming an essential element of any Spring-inspired interiors this season.
Consider incorporating Australian-made timber furniture into your interiors, alongside decorating with some Indigenous home goods and decor to support local artists and businesses.
You may even consider investing in some landscape paintings incorporating native plants and animals, or even some Indigenous art or prints to grace your walls this Spring.
These little pops of colour will complement the earth tones of your wider space, as well as supporting a nature-inspired colour palette throughout your interiors that mimics the natural world (earthen floors and furnishings with colours and vibrance at eye level).
Less clutter, but more colour
With the impact that lockdowns have had on families across the country, it's safe to say that a lot of Aussie households are looking to practice some Spring cleaning and do some thorough and therapeutic decluttering.
You'll be happy to hear that the season's trends do reflect this desire, and that contemporary minimalist interiors are likely to be all the craze over both this season and through to Summer 2022 as well.
Let yourself really assess all the visual noise throughout your interior spaces at the close of winter, and clear out any items you feel you and your family have well and truly outgrown.
Go through your kitchen cabinets, storage closets, bedroom wardrobes, cupboards, and all the other nooks and crannies of your home until you are left with the essentials. However, keep in mind that not everything is clutter, and keeping things like art, rugs, square floor cushions, and other comfort furnishings is still an excellent way to keep your home feeling livable.
If you've found that there are some items like old photo frames or even some sentimental trinkets that you feel you can't part with, feel free to incorporate them into your home design scheme! Contrary to popular beliefs, contemporary minimalism isn't about stripping interiors of their identities.
In actuality, it's all about highlighting what makes these interiors unique: those that occupy them. Don't be afraid to really express yourself and your wider household through your decor and accent pieces. Use colour, and use it boldly. Make your space your own.
Vintage furniture and decor for bold focal points
Speaking of designing with personality and purpose through contemporary minimalism, any lovers of vintage finds will be happy to hear that this Spring season is all about reclaiming all the beloved accents of yesteryear.
Elle Australia has recognised a resurgence in '60s style furnishings and decor on Etsy and on popular social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok.
'60s style 'squiggly' vanities are all the rage at the moment, however, velvet furniture has also been steadily growing in popularity over the past few months as well, so rest assured there's room for diversity when it comes to vintage furnishings this Spring season.
We recommend heading out to your local op shops when you have the chance to see if you can find any pieces to complete your Spring home refresher.
As you can see, this upcoming Spring season is going to be all about keeping things simple, and paying homage to the world around us.
It's likely that this seasonal swap over won't be as intense as the Winter-Spring transitions of the recent past, so take some time to breathe and enjoy where you're at before setting out on your personal Spring design journey.