Wednesday, September 25, 2013
HOW TO GIVE YOUR HOME THE SPRING FEEL
At any time of the year you might crave the freshness, the breezy spaciousness and new potential that comes with spring. The way your home looks and feels plays a major part in controlling your mood and emotions, how you feel when you’re in it and also when you’re away from it. You can give yourself that spring lift anytime by trying some of these changes in your home so that you can have those feelings of abundance and lightness all year round:
Buy fresh flowers once a week, or better yet, grow and pick them yourself. A flower display not only on the dining table but also in bedrooms and even bathrooms brings a little delight to each corner. You can also arrange small branches, driftwood, seashells and feathers on a shelf or mantle piece. Although not all are blessed with the ability, if you can keep indoor plants alive (succulents are quite hard to kill I hear), dot them throughout the house.
Even if you don’t directly notice the dust, the film it leaves dulls the color and shine of every surface. And it builds up remarkably quickly! Dusting, sweeping and vacuuming at least once a fortnight brings a much-needed freshness to each space. Every month or so clean the walls: the build up of handprints leaves a dull greyness.
Most furniture only needs a fresh change of fabric to give it a new life; save it from the skip and save yourself money too!
When we encounter a pleasant smell it relaxes our mind and encourages us to take long, deep breaths. Having a scented oil burner in any room of your house is an excellent way to both relax and refresh the mind. Any essential oil can be used in an oil burner, and you can make unique combinations of scents to create different moods for the space. For a spring feel try fresh scents like lemongrass, orange blossom, lavender, rosemary and Australian natives like lemon myrtle, which is a particular beautiful combination of sweet and zesty!
There’s nothing more sad and dingy than a thread-bare, faded old rug. Buying a new rug for your living room will add a fresh splash of color and will enhance the whole space, making all the other furniture seem fresher as well. Try sites like www.rugsamillion.com.au, where you can find a rug to suit any space and style for any room in your house. Large rugs in living spaces, runners in corridors and small rugs on either side of the bed add color and texture to the room. And what to do with the old one? Give it to a charity store or lay it down on the veranda, patio or another outdoor area; even a faded rug can brighten up an outdoor space and give it a shabby-chic feel. You could also use it as an excellent picnic blanket for when the spring weather starts!
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