Freshen and Brighten Your Home This Spring

Freshen and Brighten Your Home This Spring

Now that Spring is on its way, you might be thinking about ways to give your home a maxed-up Spring-clean in time for the new season. Perhaps your walls a looking a bit drab, or your garden needs some TLC. Whatever you do, read on for our handy tips on how to freshen and brighten your home for Spring without breaking the bank.

• Start with cleaning – before anything else, get the polish and duster out, and get your surfaces clean. Wash your windows with white vinegar to get them sparkling, put any dull-looking curtains in the washing machine. Consider cleaning your walls too with a mixture of very mild dish-washing liquid and water, and rinse off afterwards with plain water. Vacuum your carpets and clean any stains on tiled floors with a mixture of baking soda and water. Even wipe down light bulbs to improve lighting. This will all give a therapeutic feeling of achievement and productivity.
• Eliminate dark colors – if there are any dark colors in your home that are bringing the mood down, think of ways to bring the light in again. Replace dark curtains with sheer and light ones to let the sunlight in, and add a throw over any dark upholstery. Consider adding a light-colored rug, decorative pillows or even a new lampshade to improve the lighting and mood.
• Move furniture around – experiment with moving your furniture around, and see if it opens up new space. You might have discovered a new layout that works even better than before, and the move will visually freshen up your home.
• Add a vase of flowers – flowers do not have to be an expensive purchase. You can buy a pretty bunch of tulips from market-sellers or fruit and veg shops for as little as £5, and they brighten up any room perfectly. Put the flowers in your hallway or front porch, so it’s the first thing your guests see when they walk in.
• Clean up your front porch – get a broom out and start clearing the autumn leaves to make way for some Spring sunshine! A great idea is to clear out the garden beds and plant some daffodils and bluebells to introduce Spring to your house before your guests even walk in. If you have a growing pile of letters, why not invest in a post box to organize your mail, and it makes for a great feature for the exterior of your house.
• Revamp old furniture – try painting old furniture, like giving wicker chairs a coat of paint, or painting an old chandelier a bright white, to make your dull furniture feel new again.
• Add mirrors – you wouldn’t believe the difference a mirror makes to a room. Adding a mirror is one of the most prominent ways to instantly create space in smaller rooms. Using a series of mirrors will create even more space, and can create an interesting décor effect.

Zoe is an avid blogger and experienced freelance writer, and loves to share her knowledge through content on the internet. Zoe is currently writing on behalf of house sign company House Name Plate.


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    Comment by Reika@Palmers: Mar 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Great roundup! I think our living room needs all your suggested revamps especially the color scheme. Thanks!

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    Comment by Erek@besttravelpillowreviews: Mar 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Excellent article!!! Most people can get a little overwhelmed when they think of sprucing up their home. Great outline you listed on some things that you can do that will greatly enhance and freshen up the appearance of certain areas of the the home. The tips on cleaning techniques and replacing dark colors with fresh light colors is simple tip that many people would not think of. 😉

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    Comment by Greg @ Hughes Direct: Mar 31, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Great roundup Zoe! Can you give a ballpark how much is the ideal budget for a kitchen renovation? Your expertise is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Comment by Marat@Fridge Repairs: Apr 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Moving the furniture around and a few new flowers does the job for me :)
    Fresh new and clean look !

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    Comment by Alan @ Fence Depot: Jun 14, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    The most important lesson when decorating a small living space is to visualize what works best for your home.

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