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Make a seasonal switch in home design to suit spring and summer

May 07, 2014

Hickory Hardwood FloorsThe change in seasons gives home decorators a ready-made excuse to create a new home design to suit changing temperatures. Deep colors and lots of textured fabrics may be ideal in winter, but adapting a lighter, airy style is where you should be headed for spring and summer living. Start by pulling up area rugs so the clean, classic look of hardwood floors like those in Anderson's Lone Start collection will show through.

The easiest way to switch from cold weather mode is to change the soft furnishings that are the most portable parts of a room design, according to William Sonoma's Designer Marketplace. Window treatments, for instance, can be lightened up simply by removing side panels that outline the windows, leaving shades in place alone. Or, add translucent or white lace curtains to replace the winter drapes. If removing the window coverings isn't possible, draw them back to let more light into your rooms.

Lighten up the furniture
Introducing change for your main furniture pieces may seem like it will take a lot of time and effort, but adding slipcovers over dark upholstered sofas and chairs couldn't be easier. By sticking with solid colors, you can introduce a host of colors with pillows. Joan Lunden's Healthy Living recommended using lighter fabrics and patterns that have a summery motif.

As an alternative, you may want to use patterned slipcovers and eliminate the pillows altogether. Nothing's more spring​-like than a floral pattern, but if that seems to overpower the permanent pieces in your rooms, compromise with stripes. They can be wide and bold or narrow and understated in hues as bright or subtle as you choose.

Partial changes
The wall paint in some of your rooms may be looking tired, but if you don't want to commit to a full paint job, just paint one or two walls as accents. It's a good way to test new colors that you may take a liking to and decide later to expand to the rest of the room.

If you like the lamps and other fixtures you already own, try a partial change there as well. Add new lamp shades to suit a lighter, warm season atmosphere. White or off-white shades in a linen texture will go with virtually any color scheme. While you're at it, switch the light bulbs to energy-saving bulbs with a brighter cast than the soft white lighting you may use in winter.