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SPRING UP YOUR HOME

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  by Jennifer Jones

springtime flowers and fruit

As the weather gets warmer, most homeowners are ready to wash away the winter blues and prepare for spring. The warming sunshine and refreshing rain causes the trees to start budding and flowers to bloom. But before you get caught up in landscaping and yard work, here are a few tips to spruce up your home and also get it into the vibrant mood of springtime.

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Fresh Paint!

The easiest way for a noticeable change in a room is to apply a new fresh coat of paint. Spring is a season of bright, vibrant colors as well as pastels. It is a great exercise to get inspiration from Mother Nature. Some people will stick with a neutral wall color and introduce splashes of aqua blues and crisp greens. Even if you find a crazy color that you love, try just painting one wall and see how it fits with your home. You may be surprised how a different color on the walls can make your old furniture look new again.

In addition to the walls, spring is a great time to put a fresh coat of paint on your front door. Even if you do not wish to change the color, a new coat of paint on the front door and frame will definitely brighten up the entry. Remember to clean your door first to rid it of the dust and grime that gathers throughout the seasons. It is also a good time to check the seals on your doors and windows. Since small cracks can allow heat in and out, replacing the weather stripping will reduce your energy bills all year long.

tranquil bedroom with soothing fabrics and color

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Lighter Fabrics & Furniture

Although that old, plush sofa is so comfortable, it doesn’t quite promote springtime. Try bringing in outdoor furniture to add a bit of bounce and texture to a boring room. Since it can a bit costly to buy new spring furniture, a simpler way to change up your couch is with a slipcover. Bright and colorful patterned throw pillows are perfect for achieving a light and airy feeling. Additionally, they can be stored for future seasons when fall comes around. Swap out wooly, winter rugs for something lighter or just simply remove them. It is also time to pack up those winter coats and boots that hang near the front door. Replace your bulky winter linens and window treatments with spring bedding and sheer curtains. Open up those blinds and curtains to let the sun shine inside. By eliminating the heavy materials from the room, you will find that your home automatically becomes lighter and brighter.

 

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Change Up Your Wall and Table Decor

By the end of winter, most homeowners are tired of seeing the same old stuff on the walls and tables. Spring is the perfect time to switch up your decorations to create a newer, fresher feeling. Try separating your art into piles for the summer and winter seasons. To add more natural light to your home, hang mirrors that will reflect the sunshine streaming from the windows. Many people get creative with their spring dˆmcor. For example, a terra-cotta pot can be used inside as a utensil holder or fruit bowl to portray springtime on your kitchen counter. Inexpensive items like colorful lamps, vases and spring-scented candles can add vibrancy to any table. Swapping out accessories will help breathe new life into your home.

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The best way to really freshen up a room is to display fresh flower arrangements. Daffodils, tulips and other early blooming bulbs add lots of life and color to a dull room. Place a side table with a lovely bouquet of flowers next to the front door so it will be the first thing guests see when they enter. When creating a fresh arrangement of flowers, pick a color scheme that will enhance the surrounding area. After all, nothing says spring more than fresh flowers.

Spring Cleaning, Of Course!

In addition to the normal cleaning out of the basement and garage, remember to get to those hardly thought about areas of your home. Give your floors a good cleaning by moving the furniture and vacuuming under those areas. Take the rugs and carpet runners outside for a good washing and vacuum the carpet where they were placed. Wash the curtains and other window treatments to get rid of dust. Clean out the refrigerator and cabinets to make space for fresh items and remove clutter. It is also a great time to clean and/or replace the stove-hood filter, dryer and other vents in your home.

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So if you are ready to give up the winter sentiment, open up those windows and let the fresh, spring air sweep away the stale atmosphere. Relax on your favorite wicker chair, feel the breeze from the sheer curtain blowing your way and plan your next task for inviting spring into your life.

 

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