7 Ways to Brighten Your Home for Summer

7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for SummerSpring weather is so unpredictable that it's still a little early to be out in the yard or balcony working for some of us. So why not start summer-izing inside? It's one of my favorite spring pastimes, seriously. Brightening up a space with new colors and accessories is a complete pick-me-up after a long dark winter. Paint some stairs bright colors, add new cushions, move the bedroom downstairs or, if you're lucky, onto the porch.

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Decorate with Summer CushionsDecorate with Summer Cushions1. Decorate with Summer Cushions
Add some summer-themed textiles to the mix! From florals to whimsical illustrations, light summery textiles bring the garden indoors.
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Relocate your BedroomRelocate your Bedroom2. Relocate your Bedroom
Set up a sleeping area downstairs or in a closed-in porch for those hotter nights. Using a daybed makes the transition easier from day to night.
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Accessorize with Yellow Accessorize with Yellow 3.
Accessorize with Yellow
Yellow just seems to brighten up a room and make everything more cheery. Use this bright color on one accent piece for a bold statement in any room.
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Add Cacti Add Cacti 4. Add Cacti
Cacti is the "it plant" for indoors this year -- so why not bring in a little bit of the summer desert? Make it even more summery by using a terracotta or wicker planter.
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Hang PlantsHang Plants5. Hang Plants
Pretend you're out on the patio by bringing in some hanging plants. Air plants or spider plants look great in groups of three, especially when hung at various levels. I love these pottery planters from Michael McDowell.
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Bring Outdoor Pillows IndoorsBring Outdoor Pillows Indoors6. Bring Outdoor Pillows Indoors
Until it warms up, replace your regular pillows with some bright patio ones,
or bring them in everynight from the patio!
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Bring in the Patio FurnitureBring in the Patio Furniture7. Bring in the Patio Furniture
From wicker to cool lounge chairs, bring your outdoor furniture in to lighten up your home! Make the transition easy with items made from weaved fabric or wicker.
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- By Jan Halvarson
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