Jun 14, 2011

Summer Home Decorating Ideas

Summer is almost here, and most of are looking for a different home decorating look for those warmer months. Here are some great ways to update your entire home for the summer season!

Walls

One of the fastest ways to change out the d├ęcor in any room is to change the wall art. Choose artwork with lighter values, and choose frames that are less substantial. You can change out just the matting in photo frames to white. Frame up some garden art to bring in the spirit of the season, or print out some ethereal landscape images of places you would like to go. Take down any heavy wall hangings and store until fall.

If you really want to add a fresh color shot to your summer home decorating, paint the focal wall in your room a fresh, summer inspired color. Aqua blue, spring green, sunny yellow or french blue are all great choices. Remember, its only paint, you can paint it back in the fall!

Windows

Summer is no time to sit in a dull dark room, so this time of year is a great time for sheer drapes to let in as much light as possible. Take down your layers on your windows and keep it simple. Cotton curtains and drapes are a great choice for this time of year because they are lightweight and casual.

Add insulated drapes to windows that get a hot southern exposure to keep your rooms cooler, and to protect your carpet and furniture from sun damage.

Accessories

When those first summery days give you beach fever, use that energy to de-clutter your rooms. Pack away all at least half your accessories to give the room a much cleaner look.

Replace throw pillows with fresh, striped or floral covers in modern prints.

Bringing summer decorating inside your home means bringing the outside in, so make sure flowers and plants live in every room.

When in doubt, white tablecloths and slipcovers transform any room into a summer haven.

Summer home decorating is just as important as any other time of year, and it just takes a little creativity to brighten each and every room.

Visit Factory Direct Drapes and use their free Virtual Room Designer to help you choose the best draperies and curtains or valances for your home. Kathy Woodard is a freelance writer and home decorating expert. You can visit her at TheBudgetDecorator.com.

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