7 Quick, Inexpensive Ways to Give your Home a Springtime Makeover
Ways to Give your Home a Springtime Makeover
Seasonal decorating is a wonderful way to embrace all the beauty and joy that each season offers. Springtime, in particular, is a time of year when celebrating the season in your home dcor can lighten and brighten the mood of the whole household. A few small changes can make all the difference.
7 Quick, Inexpensive Ways to Give your Home a Springtime Makeover
Winter can be positively enchanting when you marvel out the window at that first snowfall, or cuddle up by a fire with a hot cup of cocoa. After a few months of being cooped up, cabin fever can set in and you’ll find those same warm and cozy surroundings suddenly feel cramped and dismal.
If you find yourself needing a breath of fresh air, welcome springtime as soon as it arrives. You don’t have to splurge on a full-blown re-design of your home; a few little tweaks to your existing dcor here and there can do wonders in making your place feel fresher and lighter, making you feel ready to move into spring and the endless possibilities it brings.
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Scrub Away the Dinginess
There’s a reason why spring cleaning is a common, long-standing tradition. Because of the cold weather, chances are your family has spent much less time outdoors or traveling. With everyone in the house more often during wintertime, it lends more dust and mess to the home than it would get in other seasons. Also, a lot of chores like cleaning windows, washing screens, bringing rugs out to be beaten, etc., get put off when the weather is cold.
One of the fastest ways to banish the winter blues from the premises is with a good cleaning. Bring out rugs and pillows to shake out the dust. Run a magnetic duster over everything so that it doesn’t just disperse and re-settle, but gets collected and disposed of properly. Scrub the fireplace, if you have one, to get rid of soot and ash that may be making the hearth and mantel a bit dingy.
Open windows on both ends of the house to let a fresh cross breeze run through it. Wash the windows, the doors, the thresholds and launder any fabrics, cushion cases or draperies.
Be sure to put fabric softener in the rinse water when you wash household items, and spray around some fabric or air freshener. This will get rid of all the dinginess, musty odors, and literally bring a real breath of fresh air into the house that will already make it feel lighter.
Declutter your home
Winter is associated with the feeling of heaviness and enclosure. You bundle up in layers of clothes, sleep under layers of blankets, eat heavy foods and are cooped up in houses or cars as often as possible.
Spring, on the other hand, is associated with a light and airiness, when you begin to shed the layers and venture out more into the wide world. One of the greatest ways to psychologically psyche yourself up for that spring awakening is to help your home shed all that contributes to that cramped, heavy feeling.
A good place to start is by re-organizing your closet. Pick up some closet organizers or get under bed storage containers— whatever will make it easier to store things away neatly and conveniently.
Clutter imbues a room with visual weight. Thin out the clutter and you’ll find the atmosphere already getting lighter and brighter. Go through your shelves and pack up some of your dust-collecting “chachkies.” You don’t have to go full-on minimalist, but if you don’t absolutely love something, try to live without it for a few months. You may find you like the space it vacates even better.
Thin out overstuffed book cases that have been collecting all your reading matter for the past few weeks. Go through your entertainment center to see what old DVDs and games you can donate or trade in for credit because you’ve seen them so much in the last 3 months you’re bored of them. Find better storage for your winter projects like knitting and puzzles and put them away so they’re not constantly lending to the clutter.
Start putting away the heavy extra blankets and pillows as you find less and less need for them; store them away in the moth balls until next fall. Heavy boots and coats can also find their place in the closets as the snow melts and you begin to switch to shoes and jackets
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Swap Out your Fabrics and Accessories
Heavy curtains and drapes are also visually heavy in any room. Additionally, window treatments that are thick and heavy block out the light. Darkness is associated with winter, with its short, overcast days. In the springtime, let in the light with new curtains.
Try using something very simple, like sheer panels to let in maximum light. Alternatively, take the opportunity to bring some spring color into the house. Choose curtains in lemony yellow, sky blue or a pastel shade of green.
While you’re at it, out new shower curtains, bedding towels or throw pillows. Pick up some stylish floral prints in cool colors that will make any room feel like a refreshing place to rest all summer. If floral prints are not your thing, try wide stripes or polka-dots. Stick to patterns that are fun and a bit whimsical to keep the mood in the room light-hearted.
Try a New Arrangement
Sometimes you don’t have to change a thing in your room to make it feel like it’s new and exciting. Try re-arranging the furniture to bring new life to the room and revitalize it.
If you have a rectangular or oval table, turn it the opposite way. Perhaps you can switch out the love seat with the armchairs. Pull the sofa away from the wall and put a sofa table behind it. Move your bed to the opposite wall, or center it in front of a window.
Look at some of your larger pieces, such as armoires or book cases. Consider putting them caddy-corner instead of putting them flat against the wall—this can completely open up a whole different floor plan.
Don’t just move things within a room; move things from room to room. Take a dresser from the spare bedroom and put it in the dining room as a buffet. Switch the bedroom lamps with the living room lamps. Do you have a bench in the garage gathering dust? Find a sunny window for it to make a nice sitting place for reading or looking out at your garden as it begins to bloom.
The best thing about re-arranging furniture is that it doesn’t have to be permanent. You can try it, and if you don’t like it, put it back where it was. Until you try it and live with it for a while, you’ll never know.
Paint Something White
Crisp, white paint gives any old, rustic piece of furniture a clean, fresh look. If you have an old end table, chair or picture frame that is looking a bit dark, scuffed and weathered, you can instantly brighten it up with a paint job.
Being the supreme neutral non-color, white goes with just about any existing color scheme in your home. Bringing in a bit of that brightness can significantly cheer a place up.
If not furniture, consider painting trim, baseboards, a shelf or cabinet doors white. It will clean up anything that is looking a bit dull, and offer a splash of contrast to the other colors, making them seem bolder and more intense
Update your Artwork
Look around at your old wall hangings. Are there any pieces that you’ve grown tired of, or that you weren’t fond of in the first place? Perhaps you just didn’t have anything else to put there at the time, and it fit.
Change it. By changing your artwork, you bring new colors and new interest into the room. You don’t even need to spend a fortune on professional art. Make it yourself. Choose something bold yet simple, such as framing a piece of attractive craft paper or fabric.
Try your hand at painting. Buy a ready primed canvas at an art store and some acrylic craft paints. Paint simple stripes across it in a new color. Or paint it a solid color then use pre-cut stencils to add some interesting shapes.
Another great way to make inexpensive art is to play around with your photo editing software. Take some abstract photos of interesting shapes and textures by zooming in very close; so close, you can’t even really tell what the subject is. Zoom in on an ornate wrought iron gate, an antique car grill or a portion of an interesting sculpture. You just want to capture the interesting shapes. Play with colors and functions on your software until you achieve a look you like, blow it up and frame it.
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Bring in the Greenery
Nothing says spring like plants and flowers. Set out a simple vase on the table to add a touch of color with flowers. If you keep cut flowers out of the sun, trim an inch off the stems every day, clean the vase and change the water, they can last up to two weeks.
If cut flowers are not for you, get a hanging planter and put it up near a sunny window. Plant something cheerful, such as pansies, African violets, lobelia or torenia in it.
Another plant to consider is a gorgeous Easter cactus to set out as a centerpiece on a coffee table or nightstand.
Finally, pick up some herb starter plants to put out on the kitchen windowsill. Not only do herbs have a great look and a great scent, but you can infuse them in your food for fresh, healthy, lighter dishes.