Lifestyle authority Colin Cowie has some easy suggestions to help welcome the new season into your home. He shows his ideas to The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen.
Cowie says it only takes a few simple touches and a few minutes of time to get your home ready for spring. A good way to escape the winter doldrums is to add a splash of color such as turquoise, cool yellow or lime green in each room. Try a new slipcover for the couch, or purchase a few colorful pillows and throws for the den. You could also buy or make a great centerpiece for the living room coffee table.
In most homes the sofa is the focal point of a living room, a spot where much time is spent with family and friends. The living room is also an important area of your home for entertaining. Start by using a slipcover on your sofa to alter the color palate. A light-colored hue will immediately help update and transform a room for springtime.
The colors of your hanging artwork can create a seasonal mood. For spring and summer, brighten up a room by changing out heavier darker pieces with lighter ones. An inexpensive way is to create your own art by stretching a beautiful bright colored fabric over a wood framed canvas.
Cowie says small touches throughout your home can make a huge difference.
- Keeping with your color theme, add vases and flowers
- Decorate bland lampshades with trim of the same color scheme to help pull your springtime look together
- Consider removing dark heavy drapes, allowing for additional light. This can completely freshen up a room; no need to replace them with other drapes because the exposed blinds will suffice
- Add ferns in and around the hearth if you have a fireplace
- Use colorful pillows and throws as accents
- Trade out your winter centerpiece for a spring one on your coffee table