Taking Your Interiors from Winter to Spring

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Sprucing up your home’s interior for spring doesn’t have to take a lot of redecorating. With just a few relatively simple changes, you can give your decor a whole new look. What’s more, these approaches can save you a lot of money over totally redecorating. Here are a few tips for changing your decor to spring quickly, easily, and inexpensively.

  • Change the curtains: Switching out your window treatments to let more light in should be one of your first orders of business. In the winter, insulating curtains are often used to keep the heat in and the cold out. In the spring, though, you’ll want to put up curtains that are lighter in both color and weight, and make the best use of the longer days and increased natural light as you possibly can. Bright or light colors and sheer fabrics make great spring and summer curtains.
  • Change the bedding: Not only do you no longer need the heavy comforter you used during the winter, you’ll probably want to put brighter colors to work on the bed, too. Put all the winter bedding in storage and bring out the spring and summer bedding. Wash whatever smells stale from being stored during the cold months.
  • Make quick changes to your color schemes: Throw pillows and blankets make an exceptionally quick way to change your color schemes, but since they are often at the focal point of a room, they are also very effective ways to invite spring into your home. Change out your thicker, warmer blankets for lighter throws. Getting throw pillows with interchangeable covers makes changing out the pillows on your couch or bed especially easy, plus it’s much easier to store folded pillow cover than it is to store an entire collection of off-season pillows.
  • Add color: While winter color schemes tend to be warmer and darker, inspiring cozy afternoons curled up on the couch in front of a roaring fire, spring color schemes usually celebrate the new growth and life that can be found everywhere during this beloved season. Pops of color, such as a brightly colored throw or a set of floral pillows, are excellent ways to evoke the explosions of color happening outdoors as well.

It’s up to you how you go about changing your decor for spring. Some people get the itch to do some serious spring cleaning, and make all the changes to the decor while they’re at it. These changes may be done quickly, while other people prefer to change a little at a time over a period of several weeks, more like the gradual changes happening around them over the course of the season. Simply choose whichever way best suits your schedule and personality, or make up a way that’s all your own. Spring is a season that is full of possibility, in your living room just as well as in the great outdoors.

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Choosing the Perfect Patio Furniture

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Adding furniture to your patio adds a touch of your personal style to your home’s exterior, as well as creates a functional space that your family can use for spending time together and entertaining. These tips will help you choose the perfect patio furniture.

Decide What Furniture You Need

Before shopping for patio furniture, create a list to determine what items you want to on your patio. You need plenty of seating for your family, as well as those you will be entertaining. Benches and loveseats provide seating for several people. Rockers, hammocks, swings, and lounge chairs are very comfortable and provide more seating options. Place several small tables nearby to hold drinks and food. Ottomans are versatile and can provide additional seating or table space, depending on your current needs.

Select the Materials

Patio furniture is made in a wide variety of materials, each coming with its own advantages and drawbacks. Common materials include aluminum, plastic, PVC, steel, wicker, rattan, wood, and wrought iron.

To select the best material for your patio furniture, it is important to consider your specific needs.  For example, if you plan to move your furniture around frequently, you will want to select a lightweight material, such as plastic or aluminum. On the other hand, if you live in an area that is windy, you will want to select heavier materials, such as wrought iron or wood, so that your furniture won’t end up in your neighbor’s lawn.

  • Plastic and PVC furniture is affordable, easy to clean, and available in tons of fun colors. However, it will likely be less durable and more prone to fading than other options.
  • Wicker, rattan, and wood are classic options that are durable and sturdy, however they require a bit more upkeep work and may need repainting from time to time.
  • Wrought iron and steel furniture is sturdy and will last for many years, provided it has extra care and protection against rust.

It is also important to consider materials when selecting cushions. Choose products that are specifically designed for the outdoors, as they will be able to withstand the elements better than interior fabrics. Cushions with polyester fibers are the best at repelling water, mildew, and dirt. Look for reversible cushions that can be flipped to help preserve their appearance and shape.

Choose Your Color Scheme

You need to select a color scheme for your patio furniture, so you can find pieces that are complementary to one another without being too “matchy matchy”. Since your furniture will be sitting near your house, you will want to take the color of your siding into consideration so that it does not clash visually. For the most versatility, select furniture in classic, neutral colors, such as wood tones, black, white, and beige. Insert splashes of color through accent pieces, accessories, and colorful cushions.

Sample the Furniture Before Purchase

Whenever possible, view the patio furniture in person before you commit to purchasing it. Sometimes a chair looks stunning, but ends up being incredibly uncomfortable to actually sit in. If you plan on using your patio furniture regularly, select pieces that are comfortable and inviting.

Consider Storage Options

Spending all day, every day exposed to the sunlight and weather is hard on even the most well made and durable patio furniture. You can significantly expand the life of your patio furniture by storing it in a protected space, such as your garage or basement, during the off season. If you’re short on storage space, select patio furniture that folds or can be easily taken apart and reassembled when the weather is warm again.