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Brighten Up Your Home for Spring

Written by Savannah Marie, Community Blogger | Apr 23, 2014 10:33 AM

Spring is a season of rebirth, a time when the outdoors bursts forth with fresh, vibrant color to replace the dullness and gray of winter. While Mother Nature is able to redecorate with ease — every day, you’ll see a new flower blooming or leaves budding on trees — you will need to put some effort into your own redecorating. After all, your home deserves a fresh look as well.

There are many things you can do to redecorate your home for spring that are both easy and inexpensive. None of these ideas are hard to do or require heavy equipment rental, although you may certainly be inspired to perform a massive makeover. Get ready to bring your home back to life!

Paint Your Walls

Putting a fresh coat of paint on your walls is one of the quickest and easiest ways to totally transform a room. Go for bright, springy colors with tones of citrus, blue or green. You can do either a whole room or choose an accent wall.

Wallpaper Makeover

If you’ve been avoiding wallpaper because you think it will be a sticky, tricky mess, you’re in for a surprise. Peel-and-stick options make installing wallpaper a quick and easy project, and a great way to add texture and interest to your walls. Try it in your dining room, bathroom or guest bedroom.

Wallpaper Takeover

It’s not just for walls anymore! Make a dresser come alive by attaching botanical or brightly colored prints to drawer fronts. This is a great way to perk up a dated or damaged piece of furniture. Add some new drawer pulls while you’re at it for a whole new look.

Decal Details

A very quick and easy way to revamp your walls is with decals. Any plain surface can benefit from these peel-and-stick designs. You can put up a tree and “hang” family photos from its branches, put up graphic elements like stripes or polka dots, or use fun and whimsical designs in a child’s room. Perhaps a rainbow, silhouettes of playful kittens and puppies, or a line of cars and trucks? Have fun with it.

Flower Power

There’s no easier way to brighten a room than with fresh flowers. You have a vast array of choices in spring, from daffodils to tulips to hyacinth branches. For an extra-special touch, add fresh fruit such as kumquats or limes to the bottom of your vase. This makes for an unexpected and colorful dinner-table touch.

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Photo by Alsen

Sheer and Lovely

For your windows, consider putting up some sheer panels for a soft look that gently filters light. You can choose from a variety of colors and even patterns. Try a lacy look for some new-fashioned glam or a geometric pattern for a subtly modern look.

When in Rome

Another option for windows is Roman shades. For spring, think pastel shades or floral patterns. These add punch to your room and turn windows into works of art, whether they are open or closed.

Cabinet Color

In your kitchen, add a pop of color inside your cabinets. By painting the interior and shelves, you really set off your dinnerware and add an element of fun. Play off a color that is already in your kitchen for extra impact.

Colorful Quilts

Simply adding a colorful quilt to your bed can give your bedroom a fresh, new look. Your bedroom does not have to be perfectly matched; a quilt in the color palate you already have adds a soft and springy touch without a major rehab.

Pillow Panache

Punch up your sofas with some pillows. Without making a major investment, you can quickly and easily change the look and feel of your entire room. Think spring with shades of green and blue, or pops of sunny orange. Have fun playing with patterns; it’s OK to mix things up as long as you have a unifying color.

Springy Seating

Don’t forget your deck or patio furniture. If your seating is looking dated, invest in some new cushions. Go for floral or tropical prints, or even bright and bold stripes or chevron, to set the stage for outdoor parties and get-togethers during warm spring evenings.

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Photo by Hans

Last But Not Least

Now that you have a fresh and updated spring look for your home, feel free to get rid of anything hanging around that doesn’t serve a useful purpose. Recycle old electronic equipment, donate gently used clothes to Good Will, organize your craft bins and clear out linen closets. This set will add function to your beautiful upgrade.

These are all great ways to get your home ready for spring and the beautiful, warm season ahead. It will be as beautiful and colorful as Mother Nature’s display right outside your windows. In fact, opening up those windows and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine is the quickest and easiest makeover there is.

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