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Five Ways to Spruce Up Your Home This Season
by Lauren Fischer
Knee-deep in spring-cleaning?
This may be the right time to not only tidy up, but makeover your home too with some spring style. Color changes and unique accessories can make a facelift easy and inexpensive.
Reuse, recycle and rearrange
The most simple and low-cost way to update a room in your home is to rearrange the furniture. Move sofas closer to the windows or place sitting chairs at an angle to give a room new life. Switch up pillows and throws throughout the house by changing what room you use them in and update photo frames with new family pictures from the year. The best part: It's all free!
Accessorize with pops of color
Swap neutrals and dark tones for lively robin-egg blue, bright yellow or bold red.
"One pop of these colors in artwork or a lamp always brightens a room," says Vanessa De Vargas, owner of the interior design firm Turquoise. Make an old piece new again, such as a side table, with spray-paint. "These personal items become conversation pieces that tell a special story."
Bring in patterns
Instantly update multiple rooms by swapping heavy, dark linens for light fabrics. "Brighten a sofa with colorful patterned throw pillows; place a patterned blanket over the arm of your sofa or end of the bed; and use colorful striped towels in the bathroom for a clean resort look," says De Vargas. Lastly, trade dark drapes for bright shades, which will add luz and warmth to a room.
Paint an accent wall
Painting an accent wall in a main room of your home is the perfect statement-making, yet inexpensive update. "If you want to think a little outside the box, stencil a design against the back wall of your dining room."
Lauren Fischer is a freelance writer who has contributed to Woman's World, People, Makeup Deal of the Day and SavvyMiss.com.
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