Home decorating tips from the ground up

Home decorating tips from the ground up

(BPT) - Everywhere you look, top to bottom, the world is a place full of beauty, vibrancy, color and life. So why not take inspiration from nature to revamp your...

(BPT) - Everywhere you look, top to bottom, the world is a place full of beauty, vibrancy, color and life. So why not take inspiration from nature to revamp your personal space? These decorating tips can help you turn a ho-hum house into a happy home ready to celebrate the warmth of summer.

Get in on the ground floor

Blooming buds and green grass blanket an otherwise dull field with color and pizazz. Draw from this to create scenic floors that breathe new life into your home.

An inexpensive way to add drama and texture to any room is by laying decorative area rugs and runners in bare, forgotten parts of the house. Whether you have wood floors or carpet, this is an easy way to make any room pop. Floral prints or bright, bold patterns are great ways to accentuate a space. For an earthier, toned-down appeal, opt for natural fabrics like jute or hemp. Take it a step further and paint wood stair risers with inspirational words, fun patterns or solid colors.

The world around you

Take cues from the environment and rebuild your own scenery at home, paying special attention to the details that surround you.

Much like trees set the stage outdoors, the walls of your home define the space and demand your attention. Adding a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive and easy way to revive a room. Pratt & Lambert offers summer-inspired colors. With names like Petal Bloom, Lilac Time and Breath of Spring, everything will be coming up roses.

Dress up an accent wall in the guest bedroom with Cayenne Pepper or Pratt & Lambert's color of the year, Sunspot. These bold hues will warm up the space for overnight visitors. Keep rooms bright and airy by drawing back curtains and opening windows to create soft natural lighting and a cross-breeze that'll relax and revitalize.

Things are looking up

Once the decorative foundation for your home has been set, it's time to work your way up. Blue skies are the key to a beautiful summer day. Don't forget to apply the same principle to your home by paying special attention to the ceiling.

From overhead lighting that keeps things sunny and cheery to ceiling fans that help disperse gentle breezes throughout your home, these small details add subtle comfort to any space. Replace dusty lampshades with over-sized drum lights or industrial cage lights. Ceiling fan blades can be enhanced with floral stencils or a new stain. You can also paint the ceiling to draw the eyes up even more. Don't feel obligated to stick to white though. Add a burst of color to the ceiling for a quick way to add visual intrigue and height to the space.

Why not reflect nature's beauty inside your home? Recreate the magic of the season with a few of these easy home decorating tips. When rainy days and afternoon showers have you heading inside, you'll be glad you did.

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