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Top 5 design items to help usher in spring

Right about this time of year, we’re all really feeling the hold winter has had: short days, dark nights, and heaps of cold and gloomy days.

It’s no surprise I’ve been looking for something – anything – to help brighten and cheer me up in anticipation of warmer months ahead.

I’ve put together a quick little list of my top five design items you can add to your spaces this very second to help boost your mood and help welcome spring.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Be sure to keep this beauty out of cold drafts or areas that experience temperature changes (they tend to be super finicky here), and near a bright and sunny window, and watch it thrive while adding a major dose of style and organic inspiration to your space.

Adding fresh greenery to your indoor environments helps promote mental and emotional well-being, while also refreshing your indoor air quality… extra crucial when trying to get through the  winter months.

Lighter Accents

Perhaps you have a bunch of heavy looking, darkly patterned accent pillows on your living room furniture; take the plunge and swap them out for something lighter and more airy feeling — the change will instantly shift the mood from drab to delightful.

This might be the perfect time to change your area rug and throw blankets while you’re at it: accents in creams, tans, lights greys, silvers, pearl, and linen all hint at summer and will instantly brighten up existing furniture and colour schemes.

CC-80 Grey Mist

If you’re in the mood for a major change, my all-time favourite paint colour by Benjamin Moore will definitely do the trick.

The super soft, silvery-off white shade has an ultra-light grey flavour with a subtle ashy undertone – making it one very versatile, bright yet cozy, crisp and clean paint colour clients have come to love.


You read that right: head out and pick up a big bag of the zesty fruit… I guarantee you’ll love the outcome once you’re home. Best paired with a shiny white bowl, place all of your lemons in your bowl, and set atop your kitchen counter or island.

The effect is energizing, fun, and sure to encourage a sunnier, interior atmosphere.

Mirror Mirror

If you want to take advantage of as much natural daylight as possible, you can double the effect by adding several mirrors cleverly placed throughout your home.

The reflection of your rooms not only tricks your brain into thinking your spaces are more expansive, the light will also bounce around and lighten everything up at the same time.

Tuck a free-standing, floor length mirror by a corner window, or lean an oversized piece atop a console table to help open up a dim entryway… you’d be amazed just how spacious and bright your rooms will become.


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Crispin Butterfield is the creative force and mastermind behind Urban Theory; a graduate of Mount Royal University in Calgary, her engaging personality and design-commerce savvy make her a valued and well-respected professional and mentor within her field.

She’s able to uniquely see the parameters and vision of each project in ways her clients often cannot, and has honed the process and proficiency required to grow incredible long-standing client relationships. 

Crispin embraces a life full of ingenuity and imagination, fueled by raw ambition and a desire to leave her mark on the world. Her impeccable design style, expertise, and a rock-solid business acumen is the foundation which allows Urban Theory Interior Design to provide full scale services with authenticity, innovation, and ample amounts of personality.

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