Easy Home Redesign And Upgrade

by Staff Editor on June 11, 2013

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Springtime means flowers, green lawns, and spring cleaning. As you wipe down baseboards, empty out closets and pack up winter coats, you might be tempted to redesign the inside of your home as nature redesigns the outdoors. Breathe new life into your home this season with one of these four ideas.

Change Current Color Schemes

Taking a cue from the blossoms outside, you may be in the mood for brighter colors around the house. Yellow and orange will add warmth to any room, green colors add an element of freshness. Blue tends to relax people, and a bright shade of purple adds a little romance.

Use a monochromatic color scheme (different shades of the same color) to create a relaxing
environment or complimentary colors (colors adjacent to one another on the color wheel) to create
interest and energy.

Try a colorful comforter on your bed or change up the throw pillows on your bed or couch, switching
from muted fall and winter tones to brighter warmer colors.

Another simple and cost effective way to add color to your space is with spray paint. Take a look around a room and you will likely see several items that could use a face lift. A little coat of paint on picture frames, chairs or kitchen stools can add a fun pop of springtime color.

Rearrange furniture

The organization of a particular room instantly sets the tone for what happens in that room whether it be relaxing, entertaining, chatting with friends or watching TV.

Simply moving the couch from one wall to another may create the balance you are after. If you are
trying to create a conversational area in your living room, designers have found that people often feel most comfortable in a space where furniture has been arranged in a square pattern as opposed to a rectangular pattern.
If you wish to create a more relaxing environment, arrange furniture in a symmetrical pattern. Just as our bodies are symmetrical with two eyes, two arms and so forth, arrange your furniture so one side of the room matches the other. If you wish to add a little more excitement and energy to a space, arrange furniture in an asymmetrical pattern. However, a little asymmetry goes a long way. Too much will bring chaos to your space.

Bring the Outdoors In

Nothing says springtime like bringing the outdoors in. Nature is full of creative natural elements which will add interest and depth to your space. Try a few twisty tree branches in a vase, or an assortment of indoor house plants to add natural organic flair.

Use Technology to Assist and Protect

Home design is intended to bring comfort and personalization to your space, and what better way to do that than with the help of the newest in home automation technology. With the time and effort you have put into creating the perfect space, protect your home and loved ones with automatic locks and the assistance of a surveillance system. Some home automation systems will automatically send an alert to your smartphone if motion is detected in or around your home. You can also view real-time footage anytime from any web-enabled device.

Springtime can bring great changes in the weather from day to day, or even hour to hour. Home
automation with thermostat control allows you to adjust the temperature of your house whether or not you are home, helping you avoid running the heater on an 80 degree day.

Simplify your life by adding modules to lights and small appliances so that you can turn them on or off remotely. Technology now provides you with the ability to turn off your curling iron or coffee pot from your desk at work or your lights on or off from the comfort of your bed simply by using the internet on your laptop, tablet or smart phone.

Springtime is a great time for change. Follow the example set by Mother Nature by beautifying your
home and improving your comfort and security this spring.

About the author

Lindsey Patterson is a freelance writer who specializes in technology and home automation. For more information on home security systems check out Vivint reviews.

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