Whether your home décor seems dated or has been recently remodeled, when spring and summer arrive, you want to celebrate the seasons. A little creativity can give your home a boost for the warm weather season. Freshening up your home’s spaces doesn’t have to cost a lot, either. Here are a few quick, easy and budget-minded tips to prepare for spring and summer.
• Declutter and clean – The best way to get back to a creative mindset is to remove all the extra clutter that may have generated over time. While you’re at it, give your rooms a thorough cleaning. Part with items that don’t make the space look great. Organize what you keep and put utility or storage items out of sight in cabinets or decorative containers.
• Paint the walls – A fresh coat of paint, even in the same color, will allow your walls to look clean and new. If you feel more adventurous, think about working an accent color into one of the walls. If you’re going to paint, this is a good time to do minor repair work of nail holes and doorknob dents. Let your fresh walls become that ready canvas, which may inspire you to change other things around the room.
• Flower it up – If you have flowers or flowering bushes in your yard, bring cuttings indoors to brighten and cheer common spaces. If you don’t have these, try out spring sales on faux flowers and arrangements that can be swapped out for other seasons. Even a small, inexpensive store-bought bouquet can make a difference.
• Rearrange your furniture – Most rooms can work well with choices of the focal point. Be adventurous enough to try the couch or Entertainment table in the opposite spaces. Remember, you can put furniture on the diagonal or across corners with enough space.
• New and moved art and accessories – Especially if you’ve painted or moved furniture, this is the time to experiment with alternate placements for beloved artwork, family photos or personal collectibles. It’s also a great time to introduce a new piece of art, accent or furniture item.
• Front porch or stoop – Celebrate the season at your front door. Not only does it increase curb appeal, but adding seasonal potted plants, hanging greenery or personal touches is a great welcome to friends and neighbors.