Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Time Updates to Your Interiors

Good morning lovelies! Today, I have a guest post from Christina Johnson, who works for Douglas Elliman Real Estate in the Hamptons Real Estate Listings department. She's giving some simple tips and sharing stunning photography provided by Elliman. Take it away!


When spring is in the air, it is time to think about updating the decor of our homes for the summer months. Just as we want our living spaces cozy and warm for the winter, we want them light and airy for the summer. When temperatures warm up we want to be able to enjoy both the indoor and outdoor spaces of our homes. On cool days we enjoy feeling breezes wafting through open windows and when it gets hot, we like our air conditioning for comfort. A few inexpensive changes can make your home look great for the summer season.
Spring-cleaning is a tradition for a good reason. All winter the house is closed up to keep the heat in and cold out. We spend more time inside, letting the house get stuffy and soiled. The first step in summer decorating should be to open up the windows and air out the rooms, then do a thorough cleaning. Remove all the clutter that is not needed. This is a great time to get rid of the stacks of old magazines and papers and deal with accumulated mail. Have the carpets, area rugs and upholstered furniture cleaned as needed. If the walls are looking dark and tired, consider painting them in light sand color, cool blue, gentle green, light sunflower yellow or summer pink. If you don't feel comfortable with a lot of color, paint most of the walls neutral and just one accent wall in a color.
Once the house is clean and bright with new paint, look at your windows. Do they have heavy, dark window treatments hiding the outside views? Consider taking the dark window treatments down to be cleaned, then store them for next fall. Replace the dark window treatments with light airy fabrics, honeycomb shades or off white wood blinds. Summer is the time to let the outside in with exposed views and open windows to catch summer breezes. In the heat of summer you can keep the windows closed and the air conditioner on while enjoying the outside view. Window treatments that blend with the wall make rooms look bigger.
Consider making or buying ready made slipcovers for dark colored sofas and chairs. They will look new again with little investment. Add a few accent pillows in bright summer patterns for more summery decor. Slipcovers in light colors made of washable fabrics are ideal for the summer. When they get soiled, take them off, wash them and put them right back on. You can make pillow covers for existing pillows, saving more money. The covers can be slipped over the pillows and fastened with velcro, buttons or ties.
If you have tables, shelves or other accent furniture that are a bit worse for wear in dark finishes or paint colors, consider painting them glossy white or other summer accent colors to give them and your rooms new life. Add a few interesting tables and accents found at flea markets and refurbished. You can top tables with floral arrangements in fresh or silk flowers and greenery. Summer decorating should have an element of fun and vacation about it.


Christina Johnson works remotely for Douglas Elliman Real Estate in the Hamptons Real Estate Listings department.  She is using her journalism major to combine what she loves most, writing and her career. Her specialties include home decor design and DIY home improvement projects.

15 comments:

sherri lynn said...

These are great tips! I'm definitely ready to air my house out and start lightening up my decor! I'm so excited for spring and summer to get here!

Bree said...

LOVE all the windows in these pictures. My place has 2 big bay windows; one in my living room and one in my bedroom, so I always have light streaming in. When it's time to move, a place with a lot of windows is a MUST for me!

Natalie said...

Oh these rooms just make me think of spring! These are some great tips, and I need to start cleaning :)

Ashley @ The Sweet Life said...

These are great tips! I am keeping my eye out for some cute pillows to add to our living room to brighten it up a little.

Happy Monday :)

Claire said...

I love a good accent wall! Ready to move and redecorate right now!

Elle Sees said...

I love just the open air feel about it.

amy b.s. said...

these are some great tips to brighten up any room!

Ruthie Hart said...

wow...I feel so refreshed looking at that teal bedroom!

little t said...

Wow- to have a living room this size to begin with would be awesome!

poptartyogini said...

I'm a disaster at home design. I wish someone would come all this for me. I understand they're called professional organizers and interior designers but i was thinking more along the lines of free. Those rooms sure are beautiful!

Megan said...

Such great tips! We are about to have a big spring cleaning day soon!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

Great tips! I love all the pictures of the open rooms.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Such great tips! I do love being able to open up all the windows for some spring cleaning time! :)

Leah said...

I love the teal room, it is so summery!! I love the idea of an accent wall like that, I'll have to keep that in mind someday when I have my own house!

Emily said...

I want the house that all of those amazing rooms are in!! :)