Spring is in the air, and with it comes sunshine and blue skies. For many people, Spring is also a time to re-evaluate their homes – both in terms of clutter and cleanliness as well as in terms of décor and layout. Out with the old and in with the new is the mantra of many a homeowner, especially for those that love affecting change in their living spaces on a regular basis.
If you are looking to brighten your home this spring, you are not alone; with renovation season in full swing, you will be joining the ranks of homeowners everywhere to help spruce up your home and breath fresh, new life into its tired bones.
Below are 5 simple ways to brighten your home this spring; choose one or do the all – the choice is yours!
1. Paint Something
Whether you only tackle one small room or get ambitious and hire a team to come in and change your home’s paint colors in one fell swoop, Spring is the time to do it! For people that have a hard time getting started with a painting project because they can’t visualize how a new color will look in their space, there are countless home color generators out there to help you pick your paint. Benjamin Moore offers an intuitive color viewer that lets you see how paint colors will look in certain rooms with specific layouts – a huge benefit to homeowners that want to be sure they will love a color before they commit to purchasing it.
If you are tackling your home’s exterior, the HGTV pros recommend pressure washing it first to remove debris and dirt that could prevent the paint from adhering smoothly. They also say to remove loose paint, fix broken trim, and prime stains for a truly gorgeous finished result.
2. Swap Out Your Lighting
If you want a home that is bright and inviting, then lighting should be one of your primary areas of focus. Even just changing dingy bulbs for a higher wattage can make a huge difference. To really make a change, though, consider going solar. Often there is a tax credit available for people that utilize solar power, making it an even sweeter option. It is eco-friendly and can reduce your dependency on costly electric services.
If you want to just dip your toe into the solar lighting pool, consider lining your garden or walkway with pathway lights, available at The Home Depot or any other major home improvement store.
Other lighting options that add instant fun and pizazz to any room of your home include chandeliers, recessed lighting, and even blown-glass hanging lights that look exceptionally gorgeous in kitchens and bathrooms that have granite countertops, as the lights and the counters compliment one another well in terms of their sheen and colors.
3. Prepare For Outdoor Entertaining
The warm months are coming, and with them will likely come lots of time spent enjoying your backyard with friends and family. If you have been thinking of brightening up your outdoor space this Spring, consider adding a fire pit or having a patio built. Not only will these functional areas make for great eating and hanging out opportunities with your guests, but they will also add tremendous value to your home.
If you have kids, a backyard play set can be the perfect option for helping them get even more time outside during the day. As an added bonus, most play sets are easily movable so that no one area of your lawn becomes ruined by rough play or by having something on tip of it for weeks on end.
4. Trade In Your Accessories
For those that do not want to commit to a major home renovation project this Spring, take heart! Even by swapping out throw pillows, rugs, and wall art, you can make your home feel fresh and new. Consider opting for items in white, blue, yellow, or green for a crisp, clean, organic feel. If you prefer more bold splashes of color, purple, red, or even orange pieces can make a tremendous statement in any room.
If you are lucky enough to have tall ceilings or a stunning accent wall, you have the perfect space for a beautiful piece of art. Don’t skimp out here – get something that really makes use of the space and commands attention. To keep your home bright, it is best to go for something with a light color scheme or to select a light-toned frame to balance out bold colors or a busy pattern.
5. Get a New Front Door
According to Thisoldhouse.com, picking a front door can be a process. If you have an older wooden door, they say, “Sometimes replacing a door means simply exchanging one door, called a slab or blank, for another. But in some cases you’ll have to rip out and replace the old door framing, which includes the door jambs and threshold — especially if these wood members have begun to rot.”
If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, they also say, “A steel door is your best bet if security and durability are top priorities. Steel units are stronger than wood or fiberglass doors, and they won’t crack or warp. Any dents or dings on these doors can be pulled and puttied with an auto-body repair kit. Steel doors also cost the least: Prices start at about $150 for a 3-foot-wide x 6-foot 8-inch-tall paneled door without hardware or glazing).”
No matter what you select, you will no doubt have your home looking refreshed and bright this Spring – ready for all the Summer and Fall hold in store.