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12 - 18 May , 2012
Spruce Up Your Home For Summer
Spruce Up Your Home For SummerSummer is a great time to add some pizzazz to your home decorating

When the days are long and the air is warm, everyone wants to open their windows and enjoy the days of summer. Bring the fresh look of summer into your home with some quick and easy additions of colour, style and accessories. Not everyone has the luxury of moving to the lake or mountains to enjoy the "lazy days of summer." Get the summer look by making some changes into your home decor. It's not necessary to change every room or throw out all the old furniture, but there are lots of ways to lighten up and freshen up your home for a wonderful summer seasonal change. You may even feel like you've moved away for the summer. Try some of these simple, easy changes to summerise your home.

Remove Layers
Just as you pack away your heavy sweaters once the winter is gone, you can do the same for your rooms. Warm, fuzzy throws draped over the sofa bring warmth to a room in the winter, but can add too much visual heat once the hot weather arrives. Replace heavy throws with lighter, airier fabrics for a more summery feel. Do the same for large area rugs and the smaller runners in the entry way and kitchen – replace them with lighter rugs and look for any of the following: jute, cotton, bamboo or sisal or even Spruce Up Your Home For Summerremove them completely for the season. Changing table linens is a relatively inexpensive way to rotate colour with the seasons. Tablecloths and table runners can also be replaced with lightweight versions. A white runner really lightens up a dark wood table. You can also use summery leaf-shaped table runners. Summer is also a great time to go sheer with window treatments as well. It can really make your space feel more open.

Dark and muted tones are perfect for fall and winter, but spring and summer scream for light and airy colours. Use removable slipcovers, or decorative throws to bring bursts of colour and brightness. Prefer whites and neutrals. White and khaki slipcovers are casual but can be dressed up with formal throw pillows in an instant. Maximise your furniture placement by facing it towards the pool side, or lush green yard. Your enjoyment of your home is based on your emotions. Update your decor naturally with wood grain printed fabrics. Look for wood grain prints or Spruce Up Your Home For Summertextures on wallpaper, area rugs, towels, pillows, table runners and even bedding. Many of these items come in colours outside of the brown family, so you can match them to your current colour scheme.

Cover Up
If you have a dark, heavy sofa or chairs, a slipcover in a lighter colour and fabric can dramatically change the appearance of your room. This trick also works in the bedroom – slipcover your headboard for a whole new look. Look for lighter, cooler fabrics in a summery pattern like a light stripe or floral print. For a more casual feel, try a white canvas.
Throw cushions can also benefit from the slipcover treatment. Use sheer fabric to make covers for your dark throw pillows. For added detail, try an embroidered sheer. Even easier – take a sheer scarf and tie it around the pillow for an instant no-sew cover. For pillows that really say summer, try this easy DIY project: Sew two standard-size towels together along three sides to make super soft, comfortable pillowcases. Smaller towels can be used to cover throw cushions. You can also brighten up your room Spruce Up Your Home For Summerwith pillows printed with different-size leaves pattern.

Add Some Artwork
Replace your heavier artwork with lighter pieces – go for summer landscapes, floral and botanicals, shells and water scenes. White picture frames can help to lighten things up as well. You can use oversize shells to bring a touch of the seashore – and a bit of romantic atmosphere – to an evening at home.
Gather up outdoor photos of family and friends. Put them in coordinating frames and hang them in a grouping to create a photo wall that's sure to be a focal point. You can also fashion your own summer artwork in a few simple steps – pick a few flowers and leaves from the garden, press them in a book for a week or two, then place them in a picture frame.

Repaint The Walls
It won't take long to put a fresh coat of summery paint on a hallway or on a wall of a drab room. Choose a fresh colour scheme of lemon yellow, apple green, or sky blue.

Nautical Doorknob
Changing the hardware in your home is a budget-friendly way to rejuvenate a room's decor and add seasonal, summer-inspired accents. Bring the beach into your home with nautical themed elements like a shell-shaped bone doorknob.

Flower Displays
Flowers and candlelight are nothing new, but together they create tabletop decorations fit for relaxed summer entertaining. Floating candles add instant atmosphere to a casual summer table. Bamboo candles, which have built-in shelves are also a pretty way to decorate the table the next time you're entertaining, both indoors and out.

Bring In The Outdoors
When you think of summer it's all about the feelings of the outdoors. Flowers, plants and fresh fruit centerpieces make your home smell aromatic and look beautiful. For a more rustic feel, try bringing in eco-friendly materials like bamboo, hemp, and jute area rugs. These materials bring an exotic and natural feeling of the outdoors. Remember, entertaining outdoors will also give a welcome break to being inside. Summer is about being flexible and spontaneous!

Outdoor Dining Setup
As the long summer days melt into balmy nights, ease the transition – and extend the pleasure – by dining outdoors under a private starry dome of twinkling candles. Outdoor lighting can be both functional and festive whether, you're highlighting a focal point in the garden, defining a pathway, or setting a table with votives, lights will help you navigate the darkness and create a little romance outside.

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