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Add Summer To Your Home
Here's a decorating challenge just for fun in this hot humid mid-summer month. What colors are hot this summer? Turquoise, Coral, Raspberry, Green and Candy striped colors. They seem to be all of the colors we want around us for the hot weather. White is easy to use and is always good for the hot months, but the trendy colors can be a bit difficult to add to our existing rooms. If you want to have a little decorating fun, pick just one of the hot new colors and find a way to add it to every room in your house. Keep in mind that this is just for fun, so you can use accessories such as vases, pottery, baskets, paper fans, picture frames, ribbons, pillows, colored stones and marbles, even children's beach toys. In short, any inexpensive temporary item with a summery feel can be used to jazz up your room as long as it is in the color you have decided to use.
Keep in mind whether the color you've chosen is going to complement or contrast with your existing colors. If it is a contrasting color you will need it to be a little more pervasive to have a good effect. You don't want just one bright spot of color in an otherwise subdued room unless it is a very large item and you are going to use it as a focal point. Two lime green pillows and a lime green scarf over a lampshade, as well as a small vase used in the room make a statement. One pillow gets lost and has no impact. If your room already has bright colors you can get away with just one touch of color.
The bright colors that are so hot this year tend to look contemporary so use care when incorporating them into a more traditional setting. If you have a formal or traditional room you can find your accents in more traditional items, such as Asian or Mexican pottery, inexpensive glassware, candles, candlesticks and shantung pillows or silk throws.
If you really want a challenge put a dollar amount on what you can spend for each room to do this; perhaps no more than twenty dollars per room. I have a perfectly lovely small, frosted, apple green bowl, which I picked up in a dollar store several years ago. It holds roses beautifully and adds a lovely accent tucked into the corner of a shelf, on a window sill or on an end table
Now for the fun! Decide which color you want to use. Then hit the flea markets, yard sales and import stores. This is something that can become a family activity. Children and husbands, even hard to entertain teenagers, can enjoy finding the perfect item. After all, it really is a treasure hunt.
If you don't have family that would enjoy something like this, it is a wonderful chance to have a day with friends. Throw in lunch or tea or pack a picnic and enjoyment is assured. At the end of the summer you can throw these items away, but you may find that you've become quite attached to them and the memories they represent and you want to keep them for another summer. No matter what you decide you've made decorating your home a great summer activity.
Indra A Books, author of this and many other lifestyle articles, is the owner and founder of ON THE GO 4 U, Personal Shoppers & Concierge Service in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The company's creed is to provide its clients with the ultimate life management experience. In addition to its shopping and concierge services, ON THE GO 4 U also publishes a monthly e-zine and conducts workshops on wardrobe, entertaining and decorating. For more information about the author and ON THE GO 4 U, please visit http://www.onthego4u.net
Content for this article was provided by Suzanne Copenhaver, design consultant to ON THE GO 4 U, who has a lifetime of experience decorating less than ideal spaces.
© 2005 Indra A Books for ON THE GO 4 U
Home Care for the Monsoon
Given that the monsoon season lasts for a few months in India, there are many aspects that need to be looked into while considering home care needs. In fact, it is a good idea to get a professional to do an inspection of your home, old or new, prior to the monsoon and ensure that you find and fix the problems that keep recurring.
Practical Feng Shui - Debunking the Myths
Most of the information that is available concerning Feng Shui is highly over-simplified. It often comes in the form of out-of-context eastern principals, mixed in with basic interior design horse sense from the west, to form a hybrid which many professional Feng Shui analysts agree can be as harmful as it is helpful.
Finding Cheap Hardwood Floors
A wide range of hardwood floorings are available in the market. While deciding the style and material for the flooring, take into account areas to be floored.
The Charm of Traditional Shutters
For those wanted to give their home an instant facelift, traditional shutters are a great option. Window shutters add style and grace to a house, transforming it into a warm and welcoming home.
The Benefits of Dried Fruit Baskets
Usually combined with varieties of nuts, dried fruit baskets have become the second most popular version of the original fresh fruit basket today. According to growers and manufacturers, dried fruit baskets have soared in recent years due to the amount of time one can take to consume the dried product and still have it taste as delicious as the day it arrived.
Preserved Flower Candles
Putting flowers in your candle will add a unique look, while preserving your favorite flower.Written by Expressive CandlesWe have been asked many times, how to put flowers and other objects on the outside of a candle.
Granite Tile Countertops
The beauty and warmth of granite makes it an ideal material for aesthetic appeal in home design. Granite has been a popular choice of designers for decades.
Kitchen Island Sizes
Kitchen island sizes vary considerably from moveable cutting and serving tables to installed free-standing cabinets with a full complement of storage and workspace options.Nearly 80% of all home buyers consider a kitchen island essential, according to one survey, but knowing which kitchen islands sizes are best is another matter.
Seven Ways to Emphasize a Decor Style
After searching decorating books, using trial and error decorating, and growing up a little bit, you have finally found the style of decorating that you really love. Your style could be Arts & Crafts, French Country, Asian, or Metro Hip.
Pool Table Lights Guide: How To Light Up Your Game
The proper pool table lights is critical to playing your best game of pool. The ideal pool table light fixture is attractive, unobtrusive, and provides just enough illumination without creating a glare.
Craft Projects - A Home Decorating One Of A Kind Look
Have you been in a craft store or maybe gone to a fair and noticed booths filled with home made crafts such as embellished wreaths or pretty decorated boxes and thought it might be fun to make something like that.Well it is fun, and it's a lot easier than you may think.
Wrought Iron Baker's Rack: Beautiful and Elegant
When it comes to home accessories, baker's racks have long been a favorite of consumers due to their versatility, beauty, and practicality, and the wrought iron baker's rack stands out as a favorite. In addition to adding that special element of style, wrought iron bakers racks are also very practical in that they can be used for extra shelving, storage space and/or as a work center.
The Benefits of Wicker Picnic Baskets
Wicker picnic baskets are a lovely, traditional way to pack a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a well-earned snack. You can take it with you anywhere -- to your backyard garden, your neighborhood park, or as a special luxury treat, on a camping trip.
Cleaning Granite Countertops
Homeowners who are seeking to increase value to their homes enjoy the durability and easy maintenance when upgrading to granite countertops. Granite is the most durable of all stones, second only to diamonds.
All About Closet Organizers
Most people like you love to keep everything in its place. They like also to clean up every room of the house often.
Three Ways to Add Charm and Style to Your Kitchen
I like decorating my kitchen with a cozy, warm, inviting, homey feeling to it. Usually I'm fighting for all the space I can get in my kitchen too.
Let Your Wall Art Define You
Wall art can be defined by family portraits or historical paintings adorned on the walls of a home. In a home with young children, wall art can even be described as crayola mishaps.
Buying Parsons Chairs - What You Need to Know
Parsons chairs are commonly seen in homes around the dining room, adding a simplistic type of elegance. The great thing about using parsons chairs is that their design blends in with just about any home décor.
Magic Carpet Ride?
There are hundreds of choices carpet choices out there! How does one decide?Whether you are carpeting a room, a home or an office, you will find a vast array of colors, piles and styles when you go looking for your new carpet. It's hard to know where to start.
Make Your Own Fishing Decor from Fishing Gear
Decorating with old, used fishing gear is fun, creative and inexpensive. It's pretty easy to find unique fishing gear to use as decorating items for your log cabin or home.
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