Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Parenting Pointers: Top 2017 Summer Home Spruce-Up Ideas for Your Family

There’s something about summer that is so refreshing. Whether it’s the clear blue sky, the vibrant colors, or the ocean breeze, there’s something everyone can appreciate about this sunny season to spend with family. We all love using this time to spruce up our homes and breathe life back into decor. Here are some great ideas to inspire your own summer updates.
Spruce Up Your Paint
If your walls are looking a bit dreary, it may be time to repaint. Simply repainting white walls with a fresh coat can add life back into dark spaces and brighten up your season. Of course, you can take this opportunity to do something a bit more adventurous, like paint an accent wall, use a vibrant color, or even paint a silhouette or mural. This can be an invigorating project to make the kid’s rooms more fun as well!
But your walls aren’t the only part of your home that may need a fresh coat of paint. Cabinetry, exterior siding, doors, and fences could probably use the spruce-up as well. Have fun with colors, and use summer scenery as inspiration.
Expand on Spring Cleaning
As any parent will tell you, raising a family is hard work. However, maintaining a squeaky-clean interior at home can be even harder! If you finished your spring cleaning, you may be wondering what’s next. Keeping everything clean and tidy in the summer can help reduce clutter and create peace of mind and give you more time to plan activities with the kids. Scan your home and look for areas that need more organization. For example, if your family’s shoes are piling up near the door, purchase a storage ottoman, cabinet, or shoe rack that can hold everyone’s belongings.
If your kitchen countertops are cluttered, it may be time to set up a lazy Susan, install some extra shelving, or optimize your pantry and cabinet space. Everything from small container solutions to larger organization systems will help create clean lines and give your home a refreshed vibe.
Rejuvenate Your Textiles

If you’re not feeling the argyle print on your living room sofa, or those unraveling towels in the bathroom, it may be time to refresh your textiles. Reupholstering furniture or using a slip cover can save you the cost of replacing it altogether, and it’s a fairly simple fix.

Pick out new fabrics that excite you and show off your personality. Use drapery, rugs, tablecloths, and towels to carry accent colors and patterns throughout each room. Throw pillows are a great way to add a bold pop of color without going overboard!

Enhance Your Curb Appeal
Summer is a great time to get outside and work in the yard. Find fun gardening projects that the kids can be involved in. Beyond mowing grass and whacking weeds, yard care can do a lot for your home’s curb appeal. Take time to plant a garden and lay out pebbles, mulch, or decorative stones. You can even add flower boxes to windows to add pops of color.

Other upgrades like installing a new mailbox can boost your house’s charm factor. You may also consider upgrading or repainting fencing to accommodate your other summer spruce-ups.

Freshening up the home for summer doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Look for innovative ways to upcycle what you already own, and look for deals at home improvement stores. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy your slice of paradise and the time you have with family while the kids are off for summer vacation.

About the Author:

Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel is a mother of two, and lover of all things Danish modern. She enjoys writing professionally for Modernize with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

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