Article: Craving Spring Colour?
Craving Spring Colour?
Easy ways to make February colourful and bright
If January is all about hunkering down and getting through the month, dodging the sideways Scottish sleet as you do, February can feel like the fresh start we are all ready for.
As daffodil shoots shyly begin to show, this is the perfect time to bring a little spring colour to your doorstep décor, which will lift the spirits every time you open the door.
Whether you have space for planters galore, a single pot or a solitary window box, filling whatever you have with colourful bulbs and early spring flowering plants is an ideal way to introduce colour.
Terracotta pots make a wonderful addition to doorsteps, both at the front and back of your home. These versatile pots easily lend themselves to lots of different garden styles, from casual and relaxed to elegant and formal, depending on how you position them and what you choose to plant in them.
Our traditional, rustic, Terracotta Plant Pots have a wonderful aged finish and are available in three sizes, allowing you to mix and match, or opt for a more uniform look, with the same size. Perfectly suited to all types of planting, they look striking with foliage and wonderfully uplifting with a pop of spring colour.
Shout out for spring bulbs
Potted spring-flowering bulbs are an easy way to add colour quickly. Flowering from January, potted bulbs are ideal for winter pots and window boxes, and can then be planted in the garden.
You might think you need swathes of snowdrops to make an impression, but they look just as pretty in pots by the door where they can be admired and fully appreciated close up. The green and white of delicate snowdrops works beautifully with warm terracotta hues, and the little plants will flower through February and March.
The velvety purple and blue tones of miniature iris blooms compliment the rustic grey finish of our Regency Planter. Made from iron with elegant swag detailing, this trough shaped planter is a fabulous addition to a sill or wall, and perfect for a small garden or patio setting.
Cheerful narcissus paired with foliage plants will give colour variety and added height to window boxes, so they can be enjoyed from both inside and out. Practical as well as stylish, our Steel Window Box is perfect for seasonal planting, elevating spring colour to another level.
Layer up colour
As well as pots, consider decorating the door itself, and introduce another layer of colour and interest. Our Metal Flower Wreath is perfect for year-round décor, trimmed with painted flowers and pressed leaves it can be hung on a door, interior wall or creatively placed as a centerpiece to a tablescape.
Continue the theme on a hallway door with our gorgeous new Filigree & Flower Garland. Delicate pastel-coloured leaves and flowers adorn a delicate metal garland, which can be moulded to the shape you require. A nod to vintage glamour, this is a lovely way to draw the eye and add interest to often overlooked spaces.
Update doorstep utility
As well as prettying up a doorstep, consider whether you can make the area work a bit harder too. Doorstep utility is a must during the muddy, winter months. Boot scrapers, doormats and boot jacks deserve their moment in the spotlight, particularly when they look as good and work as well as our hand-picked suggestions.
Made from iron, the Beetle Boot Jack helps keeps hands clean when you are struggling out of muddy boots. Simply wedge the heel of your boot into the U-shaped end and pull your foot easily out of the boot, retaining balance, dignity, and clean hands in the process. Not only practical, this solid little fellow is likely to raise a smile too.
Our vintage-style Dachshund Bootscraper is nothing short of brilliant. Whether you are a dog owner, keen walker, year-round gardener or simply have a busy household, this dachshund-shaped scraper is perfect for dislodging mud from boots before it makes its way beyond the doorstep. Perfectly practical – it is portable and can easily be hosed clean – it looks great too.
Made from coconut fibre and galvanised wire, our coir Wire Scraper Door Mat can be used indoors or out. More than a match for any muddy dog walker, park runner or gardener, this doormat is a homeowner’s best friend at this time of year.
And for those of us obsessed with the temperature outside, an Outdoor Thermometer hanging by the back door lets us know just how chilly it is, and adds an element of functional style too.
As seen in the press…
Don’t forget small feathered friends at this time of year. Our Shesali Bird Nester – which was recently featured in gorgeous glossy magazine, Homes & Interiors Scotland – offers garden birds a space to roost, while its natural, colourful, oval-shaped exterior looks lovely hanging from a bush, tree, or hedge.
Handmade by artisans in southern Bangladesh, using recycled sari fabric, this Fair Trade product helps both people and wildlife. We also have the equally eye-catching, teardrop-shaped Tahera Bird Nester, which is made in the same way.
We hope the above inspires you to introduce a little colour to lives – and doorsteps – in February. Having just moved several pots of iris closer to the house, we can safely say even small changes really brighten the day.