After keeping the house shuttered for the long, cold winter, your home could use some sprucing up. It's time to air out the house, let the sunshine in and usher in the new season with some much-needed changes around the home.
Take advantage of the warmer weather to brighten up your space with these 10-minute fixes.
Brighten Up the Bedroom
The bedroom is where you end your day and enjoy some much-needed rest. Take the time to make your bedroom a space that you will look forward to coming into this summer.
"Research into neuroarchitecture has proven that elements such as color, décor, layout, geometry, and light influence people’s mood and memory," says Beautique Home. "A well-designed home that is carefully structured with furniture meaningfully placed reduces stress and facilitates harmony."
Get rid of those old winter flannel sheets and bring in some crisp, light linens to brighten up the room. Colorful coverlets can add some interest and character.
If your bedroom gets enough sunlight, bring in some plants to add some greenery and make the space feel more inviting.
Bring Summer Scents Indoors
The scent in a room can completely change the feel of the space. When spring and summer roll around, we want to bring more fresh air indoors – and maybe even some floral scents.
Infuse your space with scents you love using candles, diffusers, incense or fresh-cut flowers. If you want to go the fresh flowers route without breaking the bank, try splitting up an inexpensive bouquet and placing small vases around the home.
Wash the Windows
It's easy to ignore dull and dusty windows during the cold winter months when curtains and blinds cover things up.
On the first warm day of the season, give your windows a good wash. Clean windows let in more light and keep your home feeling clean and fresh.
If you had dark window treatments for the winter, now is a good time to swap those out for a simple shade or valance to add a touch of color.
Change Up Your Wall Art
If you're like most people, you probably have every piece of art you own hanging on your walls. While there's nothing inherently wrong with doing this, it can get dull and boring looking at the same pieces of art day in and day out.
To change things up, try separating your art into winter and summer piles. With the change of each season, you can change the art on your walls.
You may also want to keep one wall in each room blank. Wall art adds visual appeal, but a blank wall will give the eyes a rest. If every wall is cluttered with art, the entire space will feel too busy.
Get Rid of the Odds and Ends
Ditching the magnets on the fridge will immediately make the kitchen look tidier and more organized. Take things a step further by clearing your countertops of everything but the bare essentials.
Having odds and ends everywhere makes the space look messy.
This same rule applies to every room in the house. In a tidy home, there's a place for everything and everything has its place.