9 Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Spring and Summer

David Deem

By Barbara Pronin

Warmer weather and longer days put winter in the rearview mirror. To celebrate, update your home with a few simple tips from the design editors at House Beautiful:

Switch to pastels - Repaint your living space walls and swap out the neutral grey and beige for a fresh-looking spring pastel color. Mint green is popular now, as is peach and baby blue.

Pillow talk - Take a good look at the main piece of artwork in your living room. Choose a pastel color you love about it, find a couple of throw pillows in that shade, and place them artfully in the room to add a pop of seasonal color.

Dining room florals - Wallpaper is back with a whole new look and feel. Dress up your dining room with a new floral paper to give the room some spring/summer dazzle.

Liven up your doorway - Painting the doorframe a light, seasonal color can be a smile-inducing lift for your guests - and a clear indication you are ready to welcome the season.

Go for vacation vibes - Deck out the family room with a jute rug, raffia chairs and banana leaf pillows to make your home feel like a cool ‘staycation’.

Add a colorful rug - Reasonably priced area rugs come in tons of shapes and sizes and in unending colors and designs. Choose a spring/summer beauty and tuck it under the coffee table or anywhere it can make a happy difference.

Swap out the comforters - Bring spring and summer into everyone’s bedroom with new comforters or bedspreads - maybe linens, too - in colors and patterns that say summer’s here.

Bring in the garden - Flowers are abundant now, from hydrangeas to lilies to tulips and more, so gather big bunches from your garden or from the florist or home store. Place them everywhere you can to bring the season into your home.

Get an indoor swing - Got space in your playroom? Hang a swing from the ceiling to bring the season’s playful vibes right into your home.



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