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Classic Spring Home Decor Ideas for 2021

by - Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Finally, we've turned the corner and the snow has melted! There's no better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather than to invite you into my home and show you glimpses of my spring decor. 

The Seasonal Simplicity tours hosted by Krista at The Happy Housie are happening all this week and I'm excited to join my blogger friends and show you a few spaces I've decorated for the season. 

If you've arrived here from Lemon Thistle blog, welcome! I'm Jennifer and live in a traditional centre hall Colonial style home in Toronto, Canada. Come have a look at my classic spring home decor ideas for 2021!

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2021 Spring Home Decor Ideas

There's no denying that all this time at home has encouraged us to pay more attention to our homes. I think no other time of year (other than the holidays) gets us as excited to redecorate and refresh our spaces. There are a few decorating trends for 2021 I wanted to highlight that you might consider bringing into your own home.

While you don't have to shift your whole style or aesthetic, just incorporating a few key trends can make your home feel updated and fresh. Here's 9 spring home decor trends for 2021:

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spring home decor 2021, spring home decor ideas, classic home decor ideas, traditional home decor

1. Embrace Colour


2021 is the year we've finally shifted away from a primarily monotone white on white look in home decor. While white homes still photograph beautifully for Instagram, there has been a noticeable preference to homes that embrace more colour. From moody green English inspired kitchens to blush-hued bohemian bedrooms, there's no better time to take a chance and bring colour in your space.

In my French inspired bistro bathroom, it took a few tries but we finally found the right soft blue on the walls (Haze Blue by Pratt & Lambert). You'll find the hue repeated throughout, from the printed rug to the stripes on the towels. The repetition brings a sense of cohesiveness to the space.

If you're looking to update your home, go for a bolder colour than you might normally. If this still seems like too much of a commitment, use colour in a smaller, less-frequently used space like a powder room or use it in your art or accessories.


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2. Maximalist Decor

I'm not a typical Maximalist by any means - bold decor, a riot of pattern, and super saturated colours are not my style of choice - but there has been a move towards a more layered, complex look.

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spring home decor 2021, spring home decor ideas, classic home decor ideas, traditional home decor

You can see that here in the bathroom where there are multiple "layers" of decor: classic subway tile, floating shelves and a mirror on the tile, and a painted moulding surround.

This is not a one-note, minimally decorated room. Rather, it's surprisingly detailed and you'll notice new elements each time you look at the space.

3. One of a Kind Details

What's one way to bring character and personality to your space? Include artisanal decor, handmade by an artist. With the popularity of Instagram, there's a tendency to gravitate to a popular look and buy the same things you see online. Combat that "sameness" by using pottery, art, or woven textiles that are made by hand.

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This adorable Magnolia lidded jar is a piece from The Northern Kiln, a new site featuring works from potters across Canada. It's by Lana Rayman Pottery and is functional, beautiful, and unique! It's just the right size to hold cotton swabs/cotton buds.

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Handmade items can help bring a softness and organic quality to your decor. They might have imperfections that make your home more interesting and less cookie cutter. 

And buying artisinal pieces like those at The Northern Kiln can make you feel good too, knowing you're supporting an individual person in these challenging economic times.

4. Clashing Patterns

This goes hand-in-hand with trends #1 and #2. Take a new look at patterns and you might find that the most unexpected pairings actually work well together.

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In this scene, you'll find a classic ticking stripe, the 3D cube or "tumbling blocks" pattern, a woven rattan pattern, horizontal stripes, and a feminine flora and fauna motif on the rug. 

Say it out loud, and it sounds crazy. But seeing these patterns together in real life? They clash and complement each other in the nicest way. 2021 has us embracing daring design and taking risks in our decor. The next time you reach for a simple stripe, consider pairing it with chintz (small scale patterns are hot!), animal print, toile or plaid.

5. Traditional Moulding

Can moulding and trim be a trend when it's clearly been around for hundreds of years? I'd say the frequency and increased applications of moulding we're seeing are definitely trending upward.

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We've seen that shiplap is on its way out and people are seeking alternative wall trim ideas. Moulding is being applied everywhere from the fireplaces, to mudrooms, and kid's rooms. The difference is rather than just using moulding for door and window trim and baseboards and "finishing off" a space, we've seen moulding as the focal point. 

Depending on the profile of your moulding, you can achieve looks that are clean and contemporary, or ornate and traditional. There's a moulding for every style of home.

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spring home decor 2021, spring home decor ideas, classic home decor ideas, traditional home decor

6. Plants and Foliage As Decor

If it wasn't obvious, 2021 is the year of the plant. Greenery is everywhere in home decor. No doubt my plants are benefitting from the increased attention (and regular watering, ha!) I've been giving them while I've been at home.


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spring home decor 2021, spring home decor ideas, classic home decor ideas, traditional home decor
spring home decor 2021, spring home decor ideas, classic home decor ideas, traditional home decor

It goes without saying, but nothing says 'spring' more than fresh flowers and plants. I'm leaning more towards plants as they last longer and are easier to care for than cut flowers. And if you are typically a plant killer, there are dozens of plantfluencers to learn from.

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As well, you don't need to break the bank to hop on this trend. Branches cut from the tree in your backyard, or inexpensive filler like baby's breath are just as effective at bringing in a sense of nature.

7. Curvy Shapes


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spring home decor 2021, spring home decor ideas, classic home decor ideas, traditional home decor

In the market for a new piece of furniture or decor accessory? Create a look that is very now by opting for something with curves. The rounded curves on sofas and chairs from the 80's are back. I'd suggest a pair of barrel back swivel chairs... they add chic style and cocoon-like comfort.

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spring home decor 2021, spring home decor ideas, classic home decor ideas, traditional home decor

But big oversized curvy lamps are also a great option! Lamps in general are back in focus for 2021 so don't hesitate to add one to your space. Go the DIY route to give a thrift store lamp a vintage makeover.

8. A Modern Take on Classic Motifs

What's old is new again. Traditional patterns like William Morris prints, toile, plaids, and block print florals are showing up in home decor. To give them modern appeal, you'll find these classic motifs in unexpected colour patterns and unusual scales.

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spring home decor 2021, spring home decor ideas, classic home decor ideas, traditional home decor

I've played with scale in my Society6 Spring Home Decor Collection. I find these motifs most attractive when they're sized either super small or oversized. They're both familiar yet surprising.

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spring home decor 2021, spring home decor ideas, classic home decor ideas, traditional home decor

9. All Over Single Colour

If you find yourself tackling a room painting project this spring, jump on the trend of painting everything - walls, crown, baseboard, doors - the same colour. 

Traditional white baseboards and door and window trim can feel uninspired. Opting for a single colour floor to ceiling can make a room feel more expansive and modern. 

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spring home decor 2021, spring home decor ideas, classic home decor ideas, traditional home decor

For a bit of contrast and to highlight architectural details, use different sheens on your walls and moulding. 

Here we've used Farrow and Ball Ammonite in a matte Estate Emulsion finish on the walls and panel moulding, and slightly more reflective Estate Eggshell finish on the crown mouldings, door and window casings, fireplace, pocket doors and baseboards. The contrast adds subtle interest and is more durable.

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I hope you've enjoyed this tour of my home and these spring home decor ideas. Now head over to Maison de Cinq and don't forget to visit the rest of the home tours happening later this week!

This week I'm joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Spring Seasonal Simplicity Series! All week long we are sharing our homes decorated for spring and our best tips and ideas for bringing a spring feel into your home. You can visit each tour by clicking on the links below the images!

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