Tuesday, April 6, 2010

7 Inexpensive ways to get the new summer look

With summer just around the corner, I believe this is the perfect time to get your home summer-ready with these inexpensive ways. These simple and affordable decorating ideas will help you lighten the look of your home and get summer savvy style in an instant.

Lighten the Linens
Try replacing those heavy colored linens with lighter and brighter ones for a fresh and refreshing summer look. Keep an eye on lightweight fabrics or satin/chiffon at your local stores. Colors that reflect the playful nature of summer, such as cool ivory or pale yellow will go a long way towards giving your home a fresh look.

Accentuate the Positive
Accentuate a few key summer accessories for a more lighthearted look. It doesn't cost a thing to decorate the living room with prized photos of your family on vacation last summer or to display your colorful gardening books on a coffee or side table. That seashell collection from your last beach excursion will help your summer spirit come alive, as will a bowl of luminous glass stones glittering in the sunlight on your windowsill.

Put it on Display
Summer is the perfect time to refresh the look of a dull space by updating the artwork on your walls. To start, replace those dark wood picture frames with light wood or even white alternatives. Brighten a dim hallway or add some color to that darkly painted wall by updating your artwork, too. For example, you could replace a snowy mountain print with a field of red flowers. It's easy to create the perfect summer backdrop with a few strategically placed pieces of artwork displayed in the right frame.

Let There Be Light
To make a room look larger, use mirrors to reflect light. Also, keep your windows and slick surfaces sparkling clean.

All Image courtesy: ivillage.com

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