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Lighten up! Simple Tips for Brightening Your Home this Spring Season

 Are we all feeling a tad lighter with the hint of spring in the air?

The weekend forecast in Portland promises sunny skies! It's definitely time for warmer temperatures and some vitamin D! We all need the uplift that comes with warm weather, and what better way to prepare for the upcoming season than a home spring refresh?

If a seasonal switch sounds daunting and expensive, it's important to note that a complete overhaul of your space isn't necessary to lighten things up. Making a few strategic swaps can do wonders for the look and feel of your decor. Here are a few budget-friendly tips to get you started—brighter days are just around the corner!

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Reflection: Magic with Mirrors 

One easy way to brighten a space is to strategically place a mirror to amplify natural light. Mirrors are a low-tech solution, and they work! Natural light is hard to compete with to make a space feel open and welcoming, even in rainy weather. And we know that in Portland, the sun can't always be counted on to shine. Not to fear; the mirror works with lamplight and even candlelight for a more dramatic feel.

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Reshuffle Your Space 

You can refresh your space for free by rearranging your furniture! Trying something new, even if you change it again in June, is a great way to keep things interesting. Our downsizing for the new year blog has some great suggestions on maximizing space - Downsizing in the New Year.

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Refresh with Fresh Blooms

It's time to bring a little seasonal color indoors, and what better way to highlight the beauty of nature than to add a bouquet or two to your home. Build stunning sculptural displays with large branches of forsythia or pussywillows, or place bright and cheery vases of tulips in a variety of colors; regardless, fresh flowers are a fabulous way to welcome spring. 

Remember, fresh flowers are a treat to your living space all year; check with your local Pearl District florist for what's in season and enjoy! 

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Light and Airy Bedding

Lighter, more breathable bedding makes life a lot more comfortable in the summer months. There's nothing quite like lying in bed at three am, sweating buckets under your winter blankets. Why not take the opportunity to redo your bedding with a spring refresh. Time to put away the dark winter hues for seasonal patterns, lighter colors, and, of course, switch out the flannel for a more breathable, lightweight fabric.

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Pillow Talk: Season Throw Pillows

Like with lighter bedding, going for a lighter color and fabric for throw pillows and other decor will bring a much lighter tone to your space. Rich winter browns and reds can be exchanged for greens, blues, or yellows, and as long as you have some coordination, the space can transition to spring colors seamlessly! 

If the closet is next, we have suggestions for that too! Check out this blog for tips on storing your winter wardrobe: Put Away Your Winter Wardrobe and of course, spring cleaning is always a favorite topic, and we have a number of how-to's in Time to Deep Clean.

Refresh Your Home in 2024

Have you decided it's time for a complete decor overhaul? Dive into the Pearl District Portfolio's New Year - New Look article on the fantastic furniture and design shops right here in the Pearl District. 

Renting a Unit? 

Whether it's a cleverly placed mirror or an overhaul of your living room, Downtown Self Storage is here to keep your decor and more safe and sound. If you're looking for a unit, we've got you covered!

Specials are listed on the Downtown Self Storage websiteand you can conveniently rent and pay online.

What Size Unit Do I Need? 

We've got you covered with a complete guide to various unit sizes on our Downtown Self Storage Blog: What Size Unit Do I Need? and the Downtown Self Storage Unit Size Guide. And, of course, our fabulous self-storage professionals are on hand to help out with any questions or suggestions you may have.

Rent a Uhaul

Moving and need a truck? We have U-Haul for rent. Contact Downtown Self Storage at either location for U-Haul rental reservations and information. In our U-Haul Packing Guide, we have a few tips to make your move easier. 

Downtown Self Storage

Locally owned and serving the Portland community for over 30 years, with two convenient locations in the heart of the Pearl District. 


Website: Davis Street 

1305 NW Davis Street

Portland, OR 97209



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1304 NW Johnson Street

Portland, OR 97209


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