Spring Has Sprung!
After the long winter, there is nothing quite so wonderful as seeing the first blade of grass peeking through the earth, or hearing the sweet song of the first robin returning from their winter migration. Spring is in the air! At Birchview Design Inc., we are always inspired by the beauty surrounding us in nature, and this is especially true in the very special season of spring. Using our award-winning King Street project, we are sharing some inspiration for how to add some fresh spring-like vibes to your next renovation or build. Read on, friends!
Your home should feel like an oasis away from the constant hustle and bustle of the outside world, and walking into a space that is curated to be rejuvenating and restorative should be high on your planning priority list. One of the best ways that we achieve this feeling for our clients is with open concept spaces and a well-thought-out floor plan. Consideration of natural light sources, direction flow, and use of space all play a vital role in the direction of the design.
Does your dream space have big windows to watch the birds? Cathedral ceilings to let the sunshine fill the room? Less walls and for bigger kitchen dance parties? Well in advance of plotting out your architectural drawings, start a list that you can add to whenever you think of something that you wish you had in your current space. Once you are ready to look at plans, your “must haves” will provide a clear direction.
*Before Photo “Multiple walls & lower ceilings split this main floor into smaller areas, making it feel dark and tight”.
Nature-inspired colour palette
Springtime brings with it the most beautiful burst of colour. From the vibrant pink of a new tulip, to the mellow green of a sugar maple tree bud, almost every colour of the rainbow shows up and out for our second season. Bringing a few of these tones inside your home can keep the happy-go-lucky feeling of spring going all year long. Our go-tos for wow factor are interesting tiles, a bold accent wall, or a fun pop of colour for the millwork (this particular one is called “Blustery Sky” by Sherwin Williams).
Looking for something a little less permanent? Try incorporating colourful pillows, rugs or a large-scale piece of art from your favourite local artist to add instant interest and excitement to your space. To ensure cohesion and a relaxed vibe, be sure to pick only one main colour family to carry throughout the area.
Bringing the outdoors, in
Spring is the best time of year to take advantage of the natural decor around you! A simple sprig of greenery in a vase paired with your favourite cookbooks or bowls is easy & practical decor, or, make a statement with branches in a gathering of pottery. Source the more permanent finishes in your new space with your outdoor scenery in mind; such as hardwood flooring, stone countertops, ceiling beams, textile and paint colours. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace as a focal point, consider opting for a zero-clearance gas insert and cladding the surround in materials such as stone, or painted shiplap with a wooden mantle to emanate an organic feel.