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It's hard to believe with this latest spring storm that summer is just around the corner. But, it’s time to put away the warm blankets and bring out lighter coverings. Summer is the best! Days are longer, the weather is warm, and with us all getting a dose of Vitamin D from the sunshine, we all seem more fun and cheerful. This same great summer mood can be felt inside the home too. Switching up your home decor can give it a fresh new feel that brings a warm and bright feeling indoors. Here are a few decorating tips to help get your home summer ready.

Give it a good clean

There are many areas of a home that we don't bother cleaning while it's cold and snowy. If you haven't gotten the spring cleaning itch, now is the time to catch it. Deep cleaning your home will make it feel new and fresh. Moving to the outside, now is the time to pressure wash patios, driveways and cobwebs from the house. You will want to replace broken pavers, bricks and wash exterior windows.

Lighten it up

Darker colors are good for cooler months, but as the temperature rises, replace them with light summery tones that are a better match for the season. No need to completely change everything in a room. Instead, bring summer colored items into each room. Bright colored throw pillows, accent decor and candles can do wonders when you want to feel the brightness of summer inside.

Make it fresh

When you think of summer, it’s all about the feelings of the outdoors. Open blinds and windows to let that summer air flow. Adding fresh or fake flowers, greenery and colorful centerpieces are all ways to bring life into your home. Add bright fruit or citrus decor into the kitchen. Work on the backyard or patio landscaping that was neglected over the winter and don't forget the front of the house. Add pots of plants and flowers to improve curb appeal and make your home welcoming.

Move the indoors out

We all tend to stay indoors during the colder months, but with the temperature on the rise it's time for BBQ's and get togethers. Creating an outdoor space to entertain and soak up the rays will ensure you get the most out of the summer months. Whether it is bringing out a comfortable seating area, creating a bar station or adding new landscaping, you and your home will be ready for summer guests.

If you plan on going on the market anytime soon, these tips are for you too. Competition can be fierce in the summer for sellers. Getting your home ready now will make sure your home sizzles for summer buyers

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