Easter Decoration Ideas

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When the days start getting longer, those heavy brocades and color drenched burgundies (browns and russets) start to look depressingly dark and brooding. Longer days also mean more natural light in your interior spaces. The throw on the back of your couch and an abundance of pillows can begin to appear crowded and stifling instead of cozy. Lightening your decor has some big advantages, too. It will make your whole family feel more energized -- and up to some outdoor chores.

Outdoor Easter Decoration Ideas

This is the time when the daffodils start to bloom, the lavender's in bud and the tulips are imminent. That means your patchy lawn and barren vegetable patch will look even worse than they did during the dark days of December. (See Spring Vegetable Garden Guide). Taking the time for a little outdoor cleanup is a good idea and will set the stage for an Easter egg hunt and some thoughtful decorative touches.

Decorating your outdoor trees with Easter eggs and mirrored ornaments is becoming more and more popular. It draws the eye upward and creates interest where there may otherwise be barren branches for another few weeks. You can also take this time to put out or spruce up outdoor elements like window boxes, hanging baskets and birdhouses. Reposition your birdbath for spring viewing and expect the arrival of some feathery visitors. They're nature’s decoration and can be very entertaining guests in the garden, too. (See How To Plant The Perfect Easter Garden).

While you're cleaning and putting out your patio furniture, don't forget to decorate the front door and porch area. This is prime time to put out a welcoming spring wreath. Sweep your entry and refurbish or replace your welcome mat. Grilling parties are just around the corner, and making your front door look appealing will make your home more hospitable -- and increase its curb appeal.

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Easter Decoration Ideas

Once guests enter your home, the first thing they see is the foyer. Even if it's a small table against a wall, make it shine with color and a nod to the spring season. A bouquet of fresh spring flowers is always a stylish touch in a foyer, but even if you don't like the idea of cut flower arranging or maintenance, put something colorful and natural in view. Dried flowers are an option, and a basket of silk flowers (or marble Easter eggs), or a big bowl of replenished potpourri is a good choice, too. If your entry has seen some traffic over the winter, grab a scrub brush and make sure everything shines. On bright spring days, it's easier to see dust and grime, so make sure the mirror is sparkling and the woodwork gleams.

Easter Decoration Ideas For Common Living Areas

Easter has a distinctive look and feel. It's soft and suggests rebirth and green, growing things. When you adjust the color scheme in the living areas of your home to embrace pastels, you'll be well on your way to an Easter renovation. Lose the bright hues until June or July. For now, pale pinks, yellows, greens, lavenders and blues will capture the spirit of the season. Consider using them in:

  • Linens
  • Tableware
  • Tablecloths
  • Pillows
  • Throws
  • Candles
  • Towels
  • Shower curtains
  • Area rugs
  • Wall art

You can also make the most of spring by adding decorative elements in classic Easter or spring themes like:

  • Baskets
  • Eggs
  • Baby animals (bunnies, chicks, kittens or puppies)
  • Nests or birdhouses
  • Ribbon art
  • Fresh flowers (tulips, daffodils)
  • Garlands
  • Wreaths

Be a quick change artist by swapping out your decorative candles for a few pastel varieties with light flower scents and refreshing your coasters and other common necessary items with spring fresh options. They're small changes, but your family will notice the difference.

Fun Easter Decoration Ideas For The Bathroom

We like the idea of decorating the bath for each holiday because bathrooms are distinctive and can be somewhat more dramatic and quirky the other rooms in the house. If you have the budget for it, change out your shower curtain and window treatments and coordinate them with matching towels and rugs. Bathrooms are typically small, and these changes will completely transform them.

For your family, the new look will set the tone for the rest of your home, making smaller touches elsewhere more noticeable and coordinated. Changing the color and fragrance of the decorative soaps in your guest and master bathrooms is a nice touch too. It's easy to take soap for granted until you're surprised by one with a fresh spring color and light, appealing fragrance. It will announce: "Spring is here." The sense of smell is very evocative, so don't waste this opportunity to use it in your bathroom decorating strategy.

Easter Decoration Ideas For The Kitchen

Because the family spends so much time in the kitchen, it's a great place to explore seasonal themes. For Easter there's a lot to work with, too. Fresh fruits and vegetables you haven't seen reasonably priced since last summer are starting to appear and will look wonderful in baskets and bowls on your countertops. You can also indulge in a kitchen theme you love but don't feel comfortable using year round, like:

  • Cows
  • Chickens
  • Daisies
  • Bunnies
  • Birdhouses
  • Kittens
  • Cupcakes
  • Chocolate
  • Pigs

If those piggy salt and pepper shakers are gathering dust in a cabinet, put them on display. This is the time make your kitchen look fresh and fun.

Experiment with new textiles in area rugs, towels and window treatments. Strip those magnets off your refrigerator install new ones, too. Oh, and if you're shelf liners are getting a bit faded or worn, change them out for a nice checked pattern or floral. Your guests may not see the change, but you will.

Easter Decoration Ideas For The Dining Room

While you're decorating the house, don't forget your table. Lose the layered look in favor of lightweight fabrics. A new tablecloth in a floral pattern or even a pastel gingham check will look wonderful sporting a large basket of fruit. If you want something more formal, try filling three identical, tall apothecary jars with a different fruit in each, like oranges, limes and lemons. Space the jars evenly along the center of the table for a pop of color and shine that's picture perfect.

Last Updated: March 15, 2012
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About Sara Elliot Sara Elliott is a freelance copywriter and dedicated blogger. Her popular gardening, cooking and crafting blog, The Herb Gardener, was cited by The Wall Street Journal for its fun and frugal tips. Sara has a degree in English, and you can find her health, crafting, and lifestyle pieces on sites like DiscoveryHealth.com, HowStuffWorks.com, Savvi.com and TLC.com.

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