1.Â Â Clean and store your heavy area rugs that kept your feet warm during the winter months. Shine the newly exposed floors, and place sisal or hemp rugs throughout your living areas.
2.Â Â Hang draperies made of a lightweight fabric or netting to keep the direct sunlight away from your furnishings but allow just enough light to penetrate the room. Hang decorative shades or blinds for an alternative look.
3.Â Â Dust and store winter accessories. Decorate rooms with crystal or clear glass objects to flicker light onto surfaces. Incorporate wicker baskets filled with colorful objects into your room decor. Avoid heavy, dark colors.
4.Â Â Place fresh flowers throughout your home. Select colors that coordinate with your decor. Keep the flowers in clear vases, miniature pails, glass soda bottles or unused decanters.
5.Â Â Arrange lemons and limes or bright green grapes in a decorative white bowl and place on a center table. Bring a cheerful look to the kitchen with ruby red cherries and yellow bananas in a bowl.
6.Â Â Replace a few photographs in your home with new pictures taken during the year, keeping your current memories to mingle with the past. Hang new artwork or paintings and pictures that were previously in storage. Reframe them to add a new look to the images.
7.Â Â Recover or replace tired or old outdoor cushions. Install a new sun umbrella on a patio table decorated with fresh flowers. Repaint any furniture that's rusted or peeling.
8.Â Â Wash and store winter bedding and replace with light fabrics for the spring and summer. Add a focal point to every room by adding decorative throw pillows. Drape a lightweight throw blanket on your living room sofa.