Add spring joy to your décor with chalky pastels, the organic hues of earth, sky and water, and bold, tropical colors.

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For some people, spring cleaning entails not much more than a good shake of the carpets. For others, it’s an excuse to update room décor.

Spring’s top colors make a seasonal update easier. Neither boring nor drab, spring’s new neutrals are bringing home a sense of calm and comfort. Pastels are chalkier, like sorbet that’s been given a whisk of cream. Then there are the organic hues of earth, sky and water.

Bolder hues are showing up on minimalist décor, such as an unglazed, branch-shaped pitcher at CB2 that’s the color of a stormy sea, or Ikea’s trim Mostorp media unit in a rosy hue. Even Le Creuset is offering its signature cast ironware in pink and lemon.

Los Angeles designer Joy Cho’s new collection at Target is filled with fun, frothy pieces like an acrylic side table covered in polka dots, animal figurines in little party hats, and printed throw pillows and wall art saying, “You’re okay.” Warm neutrals — peach, blush, putty, mint and charcoal — contribute to the airy, feel-good vibe.

West Elm has partnered with Roar + Rabbit design studio on a home collection that includes a sexy, midcentury-modern swivel chair dressed in shades of lichen, nickel and dusky blush velvet.

The energy shifts with several bold hues that ride the current retro wave. Turquoise, acid yellow, emerald, pink and red are showing up, mostly in accessories and textiles.

Kirstin Hoffman, merchandising director for online decor retailer Dot & Bo, says hot pinks are trending: “Whether they’re incorporated in an accent chair or a planter, the look instantly adds energy to a room.”

A range of new baking items and dish towels at Crate & Barrel come in a yellow as cheery as a sunny-side-up egg.

Ikea Mostorp TV Unit in pink, $279; CB2 Porcelain Pitcher, $100 at cb2.com
Ikea Mostorp TV Unit in pink, $279; CB2 Porcelain Pitcher, $100 at cb2.com

And you’ll be seeing lots of lush, green, tropical motifs for spring and summer. Beautiful blues — sapphire, navy and a variety of turquoises, teals and pale blues — are strong players on the spring palette. Ikea’s new Brazil-inspired Tillfalle line uses all those colors and tropical patterns on everything from textiles to small furniture pieces to wall tiles.

White — which Benjamin Moore named the color of the year — is also trending. The timing’s perfect, says Kimberly Winthrop of Laurel & Wolf: “Bright white is spring cleaning in its truest sense. There’ll be a lot of focus this year on incorporating whites with natural elements and textures into one’s space.”

Consider painting an existing piece of furniture, bringing in side tables or lighting, or changing window coverings to white.