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Sprint into Spring: Home Decorating Ideas for Military Families

Spring is a-knocking and it's time for your home to wake up from the winter lull. But for a military family that's constantly on the move, it may be a headache to keep up with the season's latest decorative callings. Take a tour through these quick and budget-friendly decorating ideas that will give your living space a lift, no matter where it is.

Color is everything

Color abounds when it comes to spring. Invite natural light into your home with subtle, pastel hues such as baby blue and fresh mint. A new coat of paint is probably the cheapest and easiest way to introduce color. However, if painting the walls is off limits, try giving that second-hand piece of furniture a fun color makeover.

To bring out the playful side of spring, consider crisper, bolder shades in the citrus family. Stack bright-colored pillows and blankets on your sofa and match with a lightweight linen curtain.

Snippets of spring

What says spring more than blooming buds? Whether as a centerpiece on the table or an accessory around the home, a fresh bouquet of flowers is always great for celebrating the season. If you are short on vases, look no further than your kitchen cabinet: teacups and bowls work just as well. Check out a how-to here and examples here and here. For the whimsy-seekers, red, white and blue pinwheels are a fun way to incorporate your military roots into the floral arrangement.

Hang 'em up

Bare walls are just dull. Dress up your space by making the walls a gallery for family mementos. Show off your family pictures and display interesting odds and ends you've collected over the years. Things like postcards and letters from your service member are ideal for the decorator on a budget. Mix and match the pieces to add another touch of personalization.

More is more (sometimes)

We've heard plenty of arguments against clutter, but is it really so bad? The key to artful clutter is a consistent theme. Use wicker baskets to group random items you have scattered around the home and create little vignettes out of them. Fill the baskets with Easter grass for a festive look.