Give Your Home a Summer Spruce-Up [SLIDESHOW]
Home truly is where my heart is. After all, it’s where I raised my three children, entertained friends and family, and relaxed after many a hard day. While I love my home, it’s seen its share of wear and tear over the years, which is why I’m using this season to give it some simple updates.
While springtime is traditionally the season for cleaning and clearing out clutter, summer is a great opportunity to go deeper and tackle the more DIY-oriented tasks around the home. The following tips and makeover ideas will help give your home a summer spruce-up, without breaking the bank.
Swap Out Bedding and BlanketsPut away the heavy blankets and lighten up the bedroom with fresh new linens in bright, vibrant colors. It’s easy to transform the entire look of your bedroom with a new duvet cover or bedspread. Allergy sufferers should go the extra step of seeking out hypoallergenic bedding materials as a way to help combat spring and summer allergies.
Add New Throw Pillows to SofasLikewise, adding colorful throw pillows to the sofa and living room furniture can help brighten the room—and the moods of your family, your guests and you. Mix and match your favorite colors for a particularly festive and seasonal look. And, don’t forget outside furniture—you’ve waited long enough to enjoy it! New cushions for your outside furniture can bring your patio or deck back to life.
Lighten up DraperyLet the sunshine in! Take down heavy drapes and replace them with lighter curtains for a fresh, clean look.
Add a Fresh Coat of PaintAfter a winter spent mostly indoors, it’s not surprising if you’ve gotten tired of looking at the same shades all season long. Painting an accent wall or entire room in a new, lighter color involves a bit more planning and preparation, but the results are dramatic.
Update Appliances and AccessoriesIn addition to smoke alarms, don’t forget about the other fixtures and appliances attached to your walls and ceilings. This is an ideal time to replace standard door handles and lighting fixtures with more stylish alternatives.
Spruce Up Your EntrywayAfter a harsh winter full of snow, ice and salt, your entry door mats have probably seen better days! Cleaning or swapping out door mats for new ones is a subtle way to boost curb appeal and bring a sense of freshness and orderliness to your home.
Bring the Outdoors InHouseplants add a bit of greenery to any room—and also act as a natural air filter, removing some toxic chemicals from the air.
Now sit back, breathe easy and enjoy a relaxing summer with your friends and family!