Check out these easy ideas to freshen your home this weekend.
Text by Allen B. Bunting
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1. Add Color and Comfort to Seating
Use pillows and cushions made from outdoor fabric to spice up your space. Bend the rules―mix stripes and polka dots with punchy animal, geometric, and botanical prints.
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2. Hang Bright, Patterned Draperies
Closed, they lend privacy and offer respite from the sun. Open, they frame the space and soften the scene. Avoid natural fabrics, which are prone to fading and mildew. Look for synthetic blends that will weather the elements.
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3. Rearrange Chairs and Tables
Moving furniture around makes a small (and free!) change with a big payoff. Feng shui experts recommend moving 27 objects to give a room good luck. Scavenge other rooms―when a painting, chair, or eye-catching accessory moves outdoors for a while, you’ll see it in a new light.
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4. Paint It
Color deck railings and arbors in a rainbow of hues to rival any blooming garden. Bonus: No watering required!
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5. Hang a Whimsical Wall Sculpture
Look for pieces made with weather-resistant materials such as galvanized metal, glass, or stone. On covered patios or porches, hang canvas oil paintings; they’ll be fine outdoors as long as they’re not in direct sunlight.
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6. Use Mirrors to Reflect Views
Strategically place mirrors they’ll reflect a striking image. Typically a smaller investment than outdoor art, mirrors create the illusion of more space.
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7. Give New Life to Tired Furniture
A hole cut into the seat of an old rattan or wooden chair makes the perfect stage for a flowerpot. Creative and functional, the chair ensures proper drainage.
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8. Arrange Beach Finds
In a clear fishbowl, nestle a candle into a bed of pale sea glass and white shells. It’s a great place to drop off treasures when you return from a walk on the beach, and it makes an instant centerpiece for entertaining on the fly. Experiment with scale when grouping your display―consider size, color, and texture.
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9. Rejuvenate Your Front Door
Find a paint color in your favorite sea-inspired shade. The effort is minimal, but the effect is instant.
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10. Disguise Flaws
Ready-made loose-fitting slipcovers brighten even the shabbiest furniture. They’re salt- and sand-resistant, and can easily be washed, replaced, or switched out seasonally.
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11. Liven Up Outdoor Furniture
Use spray paint to instantly transform old furnishings. Make over ho-hum folding chairs with a crisp shade of blue. For a funkier look, coat each one with a different bright shade.
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12. Create an Instant Breeze
Install a ceiling fan to give an otherwise stuffy porch a cool reprieve. Look for outdoor ceiling fans with sealed motors to prevent rust build-up.
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13. Boost Curb Appeal
Window boxes filled with vibrant blooms break up the façade with jolts of color. A simple planting pointer: Mix tall, spiky varieties with low, full plants, then complete the look with a trailing vine.
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14. Add Awnings or Shutters
This simple accent will dress up blah windows, and a small splash of color will stop traffic and turn heads by Monday.
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15. Get Crafty
Some of the simplest―and least expensive―weekend decorating projects start with things you already have around the house. Use your beachcombing finds to dress up luminaries or outdoor lanterns. The subtle detail will give even industrial fixtures a one-of-a-kind feel.
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16. Highlight Your Collectibles
Use ordinary everyday objects, such as old boat oars, seashells, or vibrant vases to accessorize your room. It’s a great way to add a beachy vibe to any space, plus you get more bang for your buck! This look works especially well on a neutral pallet allowing the accessories do all the talking.
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17. Create Your Escape
Wish you were lounging on a beach cabana? Create your own island-inspired retreat by hanging swags of cheery fabric or netting in a cozy corner of your yard for instant relaxation.
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18. Let Your Stuff Go
One of the fastest (and least expensive!) upgrades you can do is purge. Get rid of everything but the bare essentials for a clean, minimalist look. Then, add to the airy feel with a couple coats of white paint and white slipcovers to finish off the look.
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19. Make a Statement
Add extra oomph to your existing décor by tying in similar accessories. If you have palm-printed fabrics, layer palm fronds on your coffee table for an added touch. Have striped pillows? Put a striped vase on your side table for additional design impact.
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20. Use Your Favorite Color
Stick to one color family to achieve a cohesive look in your room. You don’t have to spend a fortune on wall color or fabrics either. Just add a throw, some pillows, and flowers in the same hue, and you’re all set!