Fresh Home Up­grades for Spring

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Homes Almanac - Fam­ily Fea­tures

af­ter a long win­ter cooped up in­doors, spring is the per­fect time to start re-imag­in­ing your home and mak­ing up­grades that create a fresh, wel­com­ing vibe. These project ideas – some big, some small – can help breathe new life into your home so you’re ready to en­joy your fa­vorite rooms to the fullest.

Air it out

months of closed win­dows and doors can make any room feel dusty and stale. as soon as tem­per­a­tures al­low, throw open the win­dows and sky­lights to let the fresh air chase away the rem­nants of win­ter. it’s a per­fect time to laun­der win­dow treat­ments and clean area rugs. af­ter a few passes with a car­pet cleaner, al­low rugs to air-dry out­doors. if you’re con­sid­er­ing an up­date to the over­all decor, chang­ing out these tex­tiles is an easy and af­ford­able way to create a new look. Just do­nate the used drapes and rugs af­ter clean­ing in­stead of bring­ing them back into the room.

Shift your out­look

When con­tem­plat­ing changes to a room’s aes­thetic, most peo­ple fo­cus on the floor, walls and el­e­ments like fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories. as some home­own­ers are dis­cov­er­ing, there’s a whole other space wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered. The ceil­ing, a fifth wall of sorts, opens up end­less creative de­sign op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Whether you’re seek­ing more nat­u­ral light, ac­cess to fresh air, a sense of spa­cious­ness or a way to bring so­phis­ti­ca­tion to a room, a sky­light may be just the so­lu­tion. For ex­am­ple, Velux room-dark­en­ing and light-fil­ter­ing blinds can add a splash of color just where you least ex­pect it, and they’re ef­fi­cient in shield­ing your space from the sun, mean­ing the blinds and in­stal­la­tion are el­i­gi­ble for a 30 per­cent tax credit. learn more at whysky­

Paint to per­fec­tion

Over time, once cheer­ful walls can grow dull. Create a live­lier am­biance with a fresh coat of paint, ei­ther in the same shade or some­thing com­pletely new. if you’re not sure ex­actly where to start, tackle the project room by room. To choose the right hue, se­lect a fa­vorite item in the room, such as an heir­loom throw blan­ket or a piece of wall art, and con­sider color shades that com­ple­ment the item well.

Make what’s old new again

some­times a fresh per­spec­tive is as sim­ple as re­ar­rang­ing a room to bet­ter fit your needs. Over time, the fur­nish­ings can be­come al­most an af­ter­thought be­cause they’ve been in place so long. Try mov­ing things around to create new con­ver­sa­tion group­ings or to high­light a piece that has been tucked away in

1. Start with a smooth can­vas. This means elim­i­nat­ing any de­tails like pop­corn ceil­ings or other tex­tur­ing that may ap­pear dated and dingy. 2. Add some color. Bring char­ac­ter to the room by adding color to the ceil­ing that com­ple­ments the tra­di­tional walls for a co­he­sive look. If you have eaves, dorm­ers or other ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments, con­sider paint­ing some and leav­ing oth­ers white for va­ri­ety and added di­men­sion. 3. In­tro­duce nat­u­ral light. When it comes from above, nat­u­ral light bright­ens a room in a whole new way. An op­tion like a Velux sky­light is a sen­si­ble so­lu­tion be­cause it of­fers plenty of ways to cus­tom­ize the sky­light to your spe­cific space and func­tional needs.


the shad­ows. An up­dated ar­range­ment may in­spire to you add and em­bel­lish with some sim­ple new ac­ces­sories or ac­cent pieces for a room that only looks brand new.

Get earth smart

With all of the new growth and hues of green that abound dur­ing spring, it’s nat­u­ral to be more mind­ful of the 4. En­hance with ac­ces­sories. Both prac­ti­cal and at­trac­tive, blinds are a good idea for a sky­light. They let you con­trol the light, such as block­ing out harsh rays dur­ing the heat of the day but let­ting the gen­tle evening light il­lu­mi­nate the room. In ad­di­tion to choos­ing a style and color that com­ple­ments the room decor, also look for fea­tures such as re­mote­con­trol op­er­a­tion and room-dark­en­ing tex­tiles. 5. Get creative. Treat­ing your ceil­ing like a wall opens vir­tu­ally end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties. Es­pe­cially if you have some unique ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures, you can high­light them by adding spe­cial touches such as built-in shelves for ex­tra stor­age or new place to nur­ture lush house plants. en­vi­ron­ment. Earth-friendly up­grades like switch­ing out in­ef­fi­cient light­ing or in­stalling low-flow toi­lets and shower heads can make a siz­able dif­fer­ence. An­other op­tion for en­ergy con­ser­va­tion: Look for ways to max­i­mize nat­u­ral light for heat and to brighten rooms. Well-placed win­dows and sky­lights can har­ness en­ergy nat­u­rally, so you can min­i­mize your re­liance on elec­tric­ity for com­fort and con­ve­nience.

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