Here in the Great Northwest I believe we may finally be drying out. We have weeded through our closets, packed up the winter sweaters and heavy jackets and traded our boots for flip flops. Now it’s time to turn our attention to our home decor.
It is time to open up the house and let in the light. Your new career as a quick change artist begins with the first rule of interior decorating. De-clutter! Once you have that chore out of the way it’s time for the summer fun to begin. You can apply some simple and inexpensive changes to refresh any room in a flash.
One of the first things you can you do is add throw pillows to your room. You will notice they give instant change to your seating areas. Bright colors or lightly patterned floral fabrics are an excellent addition to your sofa and chairs. Reversible fabrics can be considered as well with the lighter side for spring and summer and the richer color for the cooler months.
Replacing heavy and dark drapes with a sheerer fabric or panels opens up the room and lets in much desired light. It is important that you to take as much advantage of the prolonged days here in the Tacoma area as you possibly can. Giving your windows a good scrubbing will wash away the winter and maximize that sunlight.
Now that your area is bright and sunny use the outdoors as inspiration and bring it right inside. Place greenery in brightly colored containers and add some spanish moss on the top of the soil. Continue your outdoor theme with fresh cut flowers from your garden or from your local florist. Arrange them inside lightly colored vases so that your florals are your focus and not their container. Add them to table tops, your foyer and even consider placing them in your bathroom for a quick splash of color.
Energize your kitchen with mugs and handtowels in sun-drenched colors such as oranges and yellows. Add small accessories like scented candles, wax melts or gels in light floral or citrus aromas. You should not have any trouble finding one that pleases you, the market is full of wonderful options.
If you are feeling really gung ho and up to applying a bit more elbow grease to give your updated spring space a punch, a bold shot of color on a kitchen wall always does the trick. The trendy colors for 2011 are honeysuckle, corals and golden yellows set off by sailing blues and sandy nuetrals of grey and brown. Doing your homework and using some of the online paint color tools that are available such as Sherwin-Williams.com paint visualizer takes alot of the guess work and apprehension out of choosing the shade that is right for you.
Light and color really have such a tremendous impact on our moods and you should take advantage of the summer sun and maximize your light level in each room by choosing bright colors and breezy fabrics to launch you and your family straight into summer.