Summer time is entertainment season and nothing better than summer to give your home a nice makeover and invite friends over to celebrate it. Here are some tips for you to transform your home.
Be clutter-free — The best way to start your home makeover is by performing a little spring cleaning. Kitchens and bathrooms can be overlooked but they can be some of the worst offenders. During this cleaning you should focus on removing everything that is broken beyond repair, is no longer used, or is out of season like holiday décor.
Everything that is broken beyond repair, toss it. Things that can be repaired, decide whether you want to spend the money fixing it, or not. This is a great time for a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Sometimes it is more cost-effective to let go than try to fix it, and sometimes the aggregated emotional value is much higher than the actual cost so keeping it will be the choice. Therefore, there is no right or wrong as each case is different.
Organize it— If you have accessories that are season specific, group them by Fall/Winter, Spring/Summer, Specific Holidays (Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, etc.) and store them away. Keep only the spring/summer collection out. If you don’t have holiday specific items, you can consider grouping your accessories by color too. This way you can use cool colors in the spring/summer and the warm tones during Fall/Winter.
Move things around — Another great way to give your home a makeover is by moving your existing décor and furniture around. Think outside the box and create a new furniture layout for your living room for example. It will give the illusion of having a new place. During this process make a list of all items you would like to add to each room and call it your makeover shopping list.
Add a fresh coat of low to zero VOC paint —Whether you are changing the colors of your walls or repurposing an old furniture or accessory, choosing the right paint product is the key. When shopping for paint, look for products that have low to zero VOCs. VOCs(Volatile Organic Compounds) are off-gassing chemicals released from paint and some other goodies that can have short- and long-term side-effects on our health. Considering the amount of VOCs found indoors can be up to ten times higher than outdoors, it’s imperative that we buy only low to zero VOC paint products. If you are not sure where to start, consider Benjamin Moore Green Promise and Sherwin Williams Green Designation product lines.
Be crafty and create a conversational piece — Another great way to go green while decorating your home is to apply a fresh coat of paint onto an old piece of furniture in order to bring it back to life. Furthermore, if you are into arts and crafts considering a decoupage or a customized hand painting. It will add such a great value to the furniture while creating a conversational piece and extending the life of your piece.
Bring the outdoor in — Adding plants to your home décor is a great way to bring the outdoors in while adding some summer colors and scents to the space.
Wallpaper it – Create a hotel like bedroom by wall covering only the wall where the headboard is with some nice, textured wallpaper. When doing this chose a pattern/color that will enhance your bedding.No matter which style you select, just have fun doing it.
VK Sustainable Concepts’ Principal Andrea Vollf, LEED AP ID+C, is a registered interior designer and sustainability professional with over fifteen years of experience in the interior design and marketing industries. Recently nominated by the Daily Herald Business Ledger as one of the Influential Women in Business 2012 and with articles published across US and Canada since 2009, Ms. Vollf is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter, with in‐depth knowledge of all aspects of Sustainability – Social, Environmental and Economic. Ms. Vollf is also one of the co-founders of NEW – Networking of Entrepreneurial Women – a networking group that is committed to supporting and promoting entrepreneurial women living and working in the Chicago suburban area. Connect with Andrea on Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.