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Frugal Summer Decorating

By Nikki Willhite

Sometimes the things we surround ourselves with in winter to keep us warm and cozy can seem oppressive when the summer months come. If your home is feeling a little like that, here are some ideas to lighten things up, and make your home more pleasant for the hot summer months.

*Move and store decorative items that are not useful in the summer, such as quilts and blankets.

*Take down heavy drapes, unless you need them for climate control. Leave your windows bare, or cover them with a light sheer.

*Remove as many dark colored items as you can. Roll up and put away area rugs, dark pillows, pictures, and other heavy accessories. Take off heavy bedspreads. If you have dark lampshades, replace them with inexpensive light ones.

*If you have wood floors, leave them bare.

*Clean out your fireplace, and fill it with flowers and large candles. If you are very creative, you can make a hinged wooden screen to place in front of it.

*De-clutter to lighten up the feel of your room. If your walls seem oppressive, think about painting them a light color. For a guide on painting to enhance your home and taking advantage of your home's orientation to the sun, see Light Orientation and Interior Design

If you have dark paneling in your home, now might be the time to think about painting it. Unless it is good quality paneling, it will look much better painted. You will get a wonderful cottage feel, and it will lighten up your whole space.

*Rearrange your furniture. In the winter it is nice to draw the furniture up close to the fireplace for a snug look. Think about moving it back against the walls during the summer. Chances are there will be a lot more laying on the floor with your kids and their friends. Make more room and create a more relaxed look.

Again, here is an article from the website on rearranging your furniture; see Rearranging Your Furniture

*Add some accessories to remind you of the summer season. Surround yourself with birdhouses, flowers in clay pots, and spring fabrics in things like pot holders and place mats.

*Bring in flowers and foliage. Grow some herbs in small pots placed on windowsills where you have light.

*Lay a few magazines with colorful, spring pictures out on your coffee table.

*Bring out pictures from vacations and display them.

*If you are planning a trip to the beach, collect pretty stones or seashells and bring them home and use as decorations. If safety is an issue, consider buying an inexpensive clear based lamp, and filling it up with these vacation treasures.

*Set up some tents in the backyard, and let the kids feel like they are vacationing at home.

*Bring out the books that have stories of kids having fun and read to your children.


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