Bright and Refreshing Home Improvements for Spring
Spring Into The Season
Warmer weather is upon us, and spring is a great time to freshen up your home with those projects you have been putting off all winter. Sure, you will clean out your closets, organize your junk drawer, cycle out heavy winter sweaters and snow boots for swimsuits and sandals, and revive your home’s landscaping. But these simple, affordable tips can give your home a brighter, lighter feel as we head into spring and summer.
No, we are not talking about updating your wardrobe. Knick-knacks, photo frames, throw pillows, window treatments and other décor items give your home personality; swapping them out to welcome in a new season is a great way to breathe new life into a tired winter house. Even if you don’t go all out and purchase new accessories, consider moving things you already have into new areas of your home or bringing out pieces you’ve been keeping in storage. Another great way to re-accessorize is to get on the current trend of “up-cycling” or repurposing, using old items in new and creative ways.
Hit the spring sales and you can totally makeover a bathroom or powder room for less than $100. Put on a new coat of paint, find a great new shower curtain, purchase new towels, change out accent rugs and accessories, and update window treatments. If you’ve got a little more room in your budget, you might consider swapping out bathroom cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures like faucets and showerheads. You might want to also consider installing a high efficiency toilet. A high efficiency toilet is a great way to cut down on water consumption, using less water per flush and chopping your home’s water use in half.
Bring The Outdoors Inside
Lush greenery in a pretty pot can add brightness and light to any room. Use potted plants and flowers to dress up a bare tabletop, shelf, fireplace mantel or neglected corner. Plant a container herb garden for your kitchen and enjoy fresh herbs all year round. Hang ferns or trailing ivy from the ceiling on an enclosed porch. Don’t have a green thumb? Cut wildflowers or greenery from your yard and arrange them in vases around the house to bring the spring indoors.
Big Budget Improvements
Spring is a good time for more extensive home improvements. Plan a major outdoor landscaping project, refinish kitchen or bathroom cabinets, retile floors, replace stained or worn carpeting, update rooms with fresh new paint or wallpaper, change light fixtures and ceiling fans or purchase state-of-the-art, high energy efficiency appliances. If your home’s air conditioner and heater is more than 12 years old, it’s time to replace it. Additionally, for extra security, try combining your project with new locks and the best burglar alarm you can afford.
Before the busy summer season, have a professional come in and:
- Tune-up your air conditioner
- Flush out your water heater
- Check plumbing lines
- Check sewer and water lines
- Inspect ductwork
Other ways to get your home ready for spring:
- Change out your lampshades
- Replace wall art
- Create a gallery wall display of antique mirrors, family photos, bright prints, your kids’ artwork or vintage book pages>
- Bring clean wicker or wrought iron outdoor furniture indoors
- Decorate with spring-scented candles