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March 11, 2011 > Real Rooms For Real People

Real Rooms For Real People

Tips for a Fresh Spring Look in your Home

It's hard to believe it is March already, isn't it? Spring will soon be upon us, with everything that goes with it-sunshine, clear skies and more daylight hours. Spring often inspires people to lighten things up at home and make some changes to their decor. These decorating tips will help you achieve a fresh look for the season.

* All of that sunshine can make you notice cobwebs and dust you didn't even know you had, so the first thing would be to do some spring cleaning. Clean the dust off ceiling fan blades, baseboards, window blinds and the tops of bookcases and refrigerators. Does your door and window trim need a paint touch up? How about your walls? Pay special attention to high traffic areas like the entry and hallways. There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint to spruce things up.

* To let in maximum light, now is also the time to have those windows cleaned. Don't forget about cleaning light fixtures - globes and light bulbs can collect dust too.

* If you have heavy draperies, remove them temporarily, leaving just the sheers at the windows. This will give your living room an airy feeling. As the weather turns chilly again, the draperies will bring a cozy, warm feeling back into your room.

* Have you noticed the beautiful new colors this spring? Clean, crisp greens, blues, pinks and corals are everywhere. Pantone's color of the year for 2011 is Honeysuckle-a lovely, cheerful mix of pink and orange tones. If they blend successfully with your existing decor, add these colors to your home in the form of dishes, kitchen or bath towels, throw pillows, candles or vases.

* Natural elements are always welcome accessories, no matter the season. For spring, fill clear glass vases, bowls or hurricanes with grasses, reeds, pebbles, or shells. Fresh flowers look beautiful anywhere, but are especially appealing in your kitchen, entry and bathroom. One client of mine keeps tiny bud vases filled with colorful flowers on her bathroom counters, window sills and night stands. Create a simple and elegant dining room centerpiece by floating flowers in three shallow glass bowls and lining them up on your table.

* White dishes are a very versatile kitchen accessory. Everyone should have a set. They can be dressed up with white linens and crystal for elegant dinner parties, or dressed down with colorful linens, glasses and flatware for casual get-togethers. I love to pair white dinner plates with colorful salad plates and bowls. Mix and match the colors for a casual, playful look.

* Bathrooms are fun to change with the seasons. Because they are usually small, it is not difficult or expensive to change towels, artwork and accessories. To create a light, bright, spa-like feeling for spring, go with an all-white look. Treat yourself to fluffy white towels and bath rugs and a white terry cloth or waffle weave shower curtain. Add some natural elements like a glass container of shells or sea sponges, and hang large seascape photograph on the walls. Transfer shampoo and body wash into white or frosted acrylic containers to keep the visual clutter to a minimum, and keep your countertop as clutter-free as possible. You'll create an oasis in your bath.

Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local Interior Designer. Send your design questions to her at info@annajacobyinteriors.com. Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit www.annajacobyinteriors.com

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