Make your kitchen sizzle this summer with purse-friendly decorating. Invite summer colors and fabrics into your kitchen, and save your money for important things this summer like trips to the beach, your favorite foods for the grill, and new lawn furniture.
Easy Ways to Save on Decorating Your Kitchen for Summer
Lighten the Load
One of the easiest ways to save on decorating your kitchen for summer is to un-decorate your space. Gone are the winter boots and mats, stacks of hats and gloves, and holiday decorations. Minimizing clutter and the number of accessories you have on each wall and shelf instantly transforms the kitchen into a more calm, inviting space.
Paint the Trim: Light and Bright
You may not have the money, the time or the desire to repaint your entire kitchen for summer. You can take a shortcut by painting the decorative trim in the room. Trim may also be the areas in the kitchen which show wear and tear, and they may need some TLC. Bruce Goff of Domus Design Group recommends painting trim with off white or light cream to “make the wall color pop and be even more colorful.”
For summer it’s refreshing to take down all of your linens in start fresh, especially if you skipped over redecorating your dining room or your kitchen for spring. Wash and dry your curtains, tablecloths, dish towels and linens. If you can, leave them down for a few days to allow yourself room to rethink the colors and accessories.
Replacing visible dish towels and pot holders is an inexpensive way to redecorate your kitchen for summer. Summer images including sunflowers, bright colors, flowers, and patterns with yellow and green will invigorate your kitchen space. Check the local discount stores, and mix and match single items for an eclectic and carefree look.
Carefree for Summer
Continue the carefree feel of summer when you decorate your kitchen table, breakfast nook or breakfast bar. Winter is gone and so is the formal approach of perfectly matching everything. Find six or eight single placemats you like with one common theme or color without matching them. Using cool greens and blues, colors of grass and sky and water is an easy way to invite summer to your dinner table.
Woven placemats and checked linens evoke picnics and fun, and can also be a cheap way to redecorate the kitchen for summer.
“Tablecloths, linen napkins, placemats and dishes are easy and fun changes along with tea kettles and dishtowels. Don’t forget that paper towels come in an assortment of designs which are very inexpensive,” advises Lori Miller, Interior Designer.
When you rotate your seasonal linens and accessories for each season, the items will last longer, and you won’t have to replace them as frequently. Mix in decorations that are special to you around the holidays, and you can add even more life to your summer and seasonal linens.
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Lori Miller,LoriGirlCreations, www.Lorigirlcreations.com, email interview