Spruce up your home décor for spring

Submitted by Paola McDonald, certified interior decorator and owner of Creative Elegance Interiors, LLC

As the weather begins to show signs of spring, the decorating bug inevitably bites. The feeling that the dreary fog of winter is lifting as the bright colors of spring start showing seems to make us feel things inside our home should also be brighter and newer. Most of us don’t have the budget or desire to totally redecorate our home. Sometimes we just need a little spring spice to make us feel like we are ready for the new season. Here are a few quick and easy ideas to spruce up your home.

Change up or add bright, colorful accent pillows for a pop of spring color. You would be amazed at the difference some lively colored pillows can make in a room.

Freshen up with your room with an accent wall. Find a great contrasting or coordinating paint color and give a pop to a boring wall. For the more daring decorator, there are some incredible new wallpaper products that can add a bit of the unexpected to a bare wall. It can be easy to install and take down in a few years when you are done with it.

Give that old piece a new lease on life. Consider reupholstering an old chair or painting an old table. A project can help you get your creative juices flowing, keep costs low and help Mother Nature by keeping an old piece out of the dump.

Consider changing up your arrangement. Simply moving pieces around can give your room a whole new look. Think outside the box, and don’t be afraid to try layouts you think may not work. You just might be surprised.

A few choice accessories can change the entire look of a room. Consider changing out vases and sculptural pieces with more vibrant ones. A few well-placed accessories can add style and color and make a room feel fresh.

Fresh flowers can make a big impact. Consider some sunflowers in a beautiful, colorful vase, some gerberas in bud vases or tulips in a great clear glass vase. Flowers can easily evoke feelings of spring and the happiness that comes with it.

Create your own spring artwork. Find some fantastic “springy” fabric at your local fabric store and staple it to an inexpensive canvas from your local crafts store. You can create instant spring art that is uniquely yours without spending much. Group three or more pieces together to create a dramatic spring display.

Take on a new creative project or finish an unfinished one. Consider making new cornice boards or valances for over your windows. Give that unfinished, unused room a new purpose and redecorate it. Spring is a time for new energy. Use it to finish projects and take pride in new ones.

Creative Elegance Interiors, LLC is based in Haymarket, Va. McDonald has been decorating homes for more than seven years. In 2006, she decided to turn her passion into a business and to share her talents professionally with others. Since then, she has helped many clients achieve the home of their dreams. She has worked with varying design styles, designing home spaces that reflect her client’s own personal styles and tastes.

As of July 8, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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