accent pillows add a colorful punch to your home's summer
If winter is
cocoon time, then summer is the time to burst out and show your true
colors. You can turn your home from warm and cozy to bright, airy and
vibrant. And, it can be easily done with just a few changes.
thing I would do is a thorough cleaning. Wash the windows and window
coverings. Let in the sunlight. Start with a clean slate," says
interior designer CJ Mueller of Haven Interiors in Milwaukee.
"There’s a reason why they call it spring cleaning."
A New Coat
done cleaning, you might want to add some fresh paint to one or more
rooms. "A new paint color can make a huge difference for a little
money," says Sarah Steltenpohl, designer with Swan Interiors in
Wauwatosa. "Color can rejuvenate and even redefine areas of a
Make a big
impact with some small items, says Mueller. "Put away the old
accent pillows and throws on your sofa and replace them with brighter
colors and patterns. You can choose lighter tones of the same colors
if you like," Mueller says.
colors have made a comeback, says Steltenpohl. "Fabrics are
available in beautiful true blues, greens, reds, oranges, pinks and
gorgeous bold prints — not those washed out colors we’ve been
seeing where you have to ask yourself if it’s blue, green or gray.
We are even seeing some beautiful shimmery fabrics," she says.
"I recommend recovering a chair or ottoman with some of that
bright, shiny fabric — and see what a difference it makes."
Carlin once did an entire routine about how important all of our
"stuff" is to us. The bigger our house, the more stuff we
have. But summer is the time to stash some of that stuff. "Put
away the heavier objects. Make it look like summer by putting some
sand in glass hurricanes and place some candles inside, or put pebbles
or shells in a pretty basket," Mueller suggests.
Another easy but
effective change is to simply rearrange some furniture. Steltenpohl
urges her clients to try something different. "Rethink a floor
plan. Buy yourself something new. Take a leap and make a