Springing Forward: Refreshing Your Interiors and Exteriors This Springtime

The temptation to perk up our indoor and outdoor spaces as soon as the clocks spring forward is hard to resist. Whether you’re thinking about adding some new tiles to the bathroom or renewing outdoor surfaces, now’s the time to do it. We’re rather entranced with soft spring shades too – and this week, pink has shot to the top of our ‘love-it’ list. Read on for some Springtime renovation inspiration…

Brilliant Bathrooms

Give your bathroom alcove a brand new look with a simple tiling project; all-over mosaics streamline the space and are very straightforward to install. Our Quartz Stone Grey mosaics have a shimmering finish which adds a touch of glamour.

Taking the Indoors Outdoors

Embarking on a new kitchen project? Don’t forget the garden as well. A big kitchen extension is very likely going to involve the garden being turned into a building site, which is the perfect opportunity to re-install a terrace or patio. Our Dakota Light or Dark Grey Riven Porcelain tiles are available in indoor and outdoor versions, and provide a beautiful link from indoors to outdoors. The matt, riven texture has a high slip resistance too – it’s always nice to know that beautiful can equal practical too. Have a look at the Garden & Outdoor section of our Help Centre for plenty of expert advice on using and installing tiles outdoors.

Perfectly Pink

Pink is popular at the moment – and not just the blush and coppery pink shades either – but very subtle grey-pinks and bright candy pinks too. It’s not an obvious choice for kitchens or bathrooms, but works very well as a ‘feature’ colour, and of course can be balanced out or toned down by surrounding it with white, grey or black. Think about our Hammered Pink Glass Mosaics for a cheerful, welcoming new look.

Spring Florals

So…you’ve sorted out your walls and floors, and now it’s time to look for some light-hearted accessories; we’re inspired by flowers, foliage and nature at the moment – very appropriate for Springtime! The Hand Decorated Butterfly Chest from The Natural History Museum Shop is absolutely stunning, and dare we say it, destined to become a family heirloom, as well as adding glorious splashes of colour to any decorating scheme. We’re also rather keen on the pale pink  Vintage Rose Berkley armchair from Sweetpea & Willow  it’s also available as a love-seat and four larger sizes of sofa. All the accessories are from Sweetpea & Willow too.

Apollon Butterfly Coral Cushion by Beaumonde | Lille Orange Slot Top Voile Panels by Dunhelm

Apollon Butterfly Coral Cushion by Beaumonde | Lille Orange Slot Top Voile Panels by Dunhelm

Pale Corals

Keeping the coral/pink theme going, what about a few intensely patterned cushions to add a splash of focus and colour, such as this Apollon Butterfly Coral Cushion from Beaumonde. I’ve actually got a phobia about flying creatures, including butterflies, but I do think that this is absolutely beautiful! Might treat myself as a kind of aversion therapy! There are lots of other designs available, including flamingos, cats, giraffes and tigers. So, something for everyone then! Another way of adding a Spring-like feel to a decorative scheme is a change of curtains for the Spring and Summer months. Voiles are great, they have a floaty, summery feel, and of course, are perfect for letting the sunlight in. These will be in stock in Dunelm very soon, they’re the Lille Orange Slot Top Voile Panels.  Floaty curtains, shutters and a hard tiled floor (try our White Driftwood Wood Effect floor tiles for a similar, airy look) keep the them light and spacious.

Exterior Excellence 

Well, it is March, so you are likely to be starting to think about outdoor entertaining and all that entails. There’s something to be said for biting the bullet and getting an outdoor entertaining space done and dusted. Creating a terrace or patio area streamlines outdoor entertaining prep, you don’t have to fuss around finding chairs and tables, once it’s done, it’s done. Our Beton Soft Mid Outdoor tiles are porcelain, and designed to look like natural stone flags – and they don’t need sealing, of course. And, they look good whether teamed with ultra-contemporary or more traditional styles of outdoor furniture too!

Sitting Comfortably

Once the terrace surface has been sorted out, it’s very satisfying to know that a permanent outdoor entertaining/dining space is available. Choose outdoor furniture carefully, just like your tiles, it’s an investment, and will make spring and summer social occasions much more relaxed. Hard-wearing and weather-proof are the watchwords. We rather like this teak table, which will gradually weather to a silvery-grey, and the all-weather rattan chairs, from the Whitcombe collection by Garden Trading.

Don’t forget, we’re always delighted to see pictures of your indoor and outdoor projects – so do hit us up @TileMountainUK or tag us on Instagram with any pics that provide some Springtime inspiration!

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Linda has worked as a freelance interiors writer and blogger for many years; she has written for most of the major home and design magazines, including KBB Magazine, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Period Homes and Good Homes. She made the break and moved from London back to her home town of Shrewsbury three years ago and has just finished renovating her house. She also works in an interior design studio, produces copy for brochures and website, tries to tame her garden, aims to finish all the home furnishing projects she has on the go … and loves walking.