Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lighten Up For Spring

Spring is here, and there is nothing worse than spending a gorgeous day outside to only return to a home that's still in winter mode.  Here are a couple of ways to add some spring into your home and brighten things up. I am definitely in spring mode now and will be incorporating some of these tips below to make our place light and bright.

Change Out Throw Pillows

This is the easiest way to spruce up your sofa, bed, or anywhere else you have toss pillows. Change out those velvets and dark colors. Switch them to bright prints, and textured lights. To make things even easier....just cover your darker pillows with new covers....voila!

Lighten Up Larger Pieces of Furniture

Lighter slipcovers will do wonders here. Sofa, Lounge Chairs, Dining Chairs.....the list could go on. Even changing out to a lighter duvet cover on the bed. Don't have a slipcover or funds to get one? Just use a larger blanket and cover a portion of the piece.

Change Out Your Drapes

Got heavy drapes to keep cold drafts outside? Change em up to a nice light and breezy set. Nothing is more springy than light drapes flowing in the breeze of open windows. Or, change out darker colors for brighter pops of color. Also, open up the blinds and let the light in!....at least before the temps turn scorching hot. You can also remove drapery all together if you like the look....and let in even more light!

Bring In Flowers and Plants

Nuff said here.....it brings the outdoors in!

Change Out Rugs

Change out your heavy wool rugs to sisal or lighter cotton versions. You can even get the wool rugs cleaned while not in use. Then they will be all ready to go back down in the fall and winter.

Switch Out Some Accessories

Another super easy way to change the look to spring. Brighter accessories, glass, and other pieces can go a long way to brighten up the feeling of the space.

So, what are you doing to make your home light and bright for spring????? Anyone already transformed their home for the warmer weather?

Images: Mary McDonald, Pottery Barn, House and Home, Metropolitan Home, Michael Graydon for House and Home, Christine/Bijou and Boheme, Christopher Peacock, Unknown via houseofturquoise, Tia Zoldan, Tommy Smythe, Unknown do you know???, Unknown via Apartment Therapy
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