Interiors Top Ten – Spring Cleaning Edition

1. Fresh flowers for a centerpiece on kitchen and coffee tables. This floral touch brings the outdoors in and brightens the home with a fresh new look.

– This style can be accomplished by using neutral or pastel vases filled with flowers like tulips, marigolds, and Lilies.

2. Rearranging the furniture to improve the overall flow and functionality of living spaces.

-Changing the placement of furniture can make the space feel new without having to purchase new items.

3. Adding new décor whether spring or any aesthetic that’s preferred as long as it’s new and updated, for example, hand-towels, soap dishes, vases, and candles.

-Placing fresh spring-themed décor throughout the space will add pops of color and emphasize a fresh new beginning. Even if the theme of décor isn’t spring adding new items can add a fresh take on the space.

4. Organizing kitchen cabinets and adding labels so everything has a home, the spices labeled and put in glass containers.

-Keeping spices and everyday kitchen ingredients in matching glass containers that are labeled.  Also placing labels on the shelves so every pan has a permanent place, adding separation containers for silverware and various kitchen utensils. These organizational touches will assist in the overall functionality of the kitchen which makes life cleaner and easier.

5. Changing the air filter for the AC to improve the overall indoor air quality.

-One of the most important aspects of feeling good in a space, but is an element that is often overlooked, is the indoor air quality (IAQ). If changing the filter for the AC unit has slipped your mind then a perfect time to accomplish this task is during spring cleaning.

6. Organizing linen closet, utilizing bins with labels, and placing laundry materials in labeled glass containers.

-Taking time to organize your linen closet can improve your overall quality of life. Rolling towels can add more space for storage and you can see the color and pattern. Placing the towels in matching bins will help keep them together neatly. Separating the linens by type in each bin with a label will make things easy to find and keep track of.

7. Cleaning the window treatments and sills from any dust or mold.

-This is a household task that seems to be overlooked a lot throughout the year but a spring clean is a perfect time to give this area some attention. Removing dust, dirt, and mold from window areas will also help improve indoor air quality in the home.

8. Picking up the rugs throughout the space, beating the dust out, and washing them before placing them back out.

-This task can help bring a dingy rug back to life, from collecting all the dirt and foot traffic throughout the home.

9. Take all bed linen off and wash them such as the bed skirt and comforter, also adding some fresh new decorative pillows.

-Although washing sheets is a weekly/monthly task, removing the bed skirt and comforter for cleaning doesn’t happen as often as it should. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to refresh and clean items of the home that often get overlooked otherwise.

10. Dust all décor, lamps, and shelving throughout the home.

-Having decorative items throughout the home creates interest and a cohesive theme. These items need to be moved and dusted so the cobwebs don’t distract from the beauty.

 

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Romance in the Home: Design Addition

As we approach Valentine’s Day and celebrate the month of romance- it is imperative that we add some spice into our space to celebrate with our loved ones! Valentine’s Day is a holiday that can easily be overlooked when it comes to home decor as we start to put away all of our winter and Christmas decorations, but these few simple additions and fixes to your current decor can easily add that dash of romance you have been missing in your space, without breaking the bank or requiring a lot of pre-planning!

1. Candles

Candles are such a simple addition to any room within your home, that can really spark romance. Whether it is your favorite sultry-smelling candle or a collection of tea lights that trail your loved one to a surprise, the slow burn of the candle will be sure to ignite the figurative flame you’ll be wanting this Valentine’s Day.

2. Pop of Red/Pink

When it comes to the color red, psychologists say that it is the hue that provokes the strongest emotions out of any other color. While most people associate the color red with anger and fury, it is also closely linked to feelings of passion, power, desire, and excitement. If red is too bold for your taste, shades of pink are a great alternative to add pops of romantic colors into your space. Pink is said to be the “feminine” version of red, more closely associated with calmness, love, and kindness. Whatever route you decide to take, these subtle pops of reds and pinks in your space are a great way to re-vamp your home just in time for the holiday.

3. Cozy Blanket

Who doesn’t love a warm and cozy blanket on an average night, let alone a night dedicated to snuggling up with your significant other or loved ones? We all most likely have blankets laying around the house, so setting out the perfect throw blanket to share while you indulge in a movie or sweet treats can help bring you closer together- while adding an extra level of comfort to the night!

4. Ambient Lighting

Different levels of lighting within any space can help play with the feeling and atmosphere you are trying to emulate within your home. Adding dimmable lights, lamps, sconces, chandeliers, candles, and other sources of light can help you really “set the mood” within your interior space!

5. Flowers

Not only do flowers make the perfect gift for your significant other this upcoming holiday season, but they are also a great way to add life to your interior space. Enhance your home with a bold colored flower for Valentine’s Day like red or pink roses, or offer a sense of peace and “true love” with a bouquet of white roses or other beautiful flowers. Whatever avenue you decide to take, this addition to your design will be sure to intensify the romance in your home!

 

We hope that these simple ideas will help you achieve the romantic feeling within your interior space just in time for Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air this season, and loving your interior space is just as important as loving one another!

XOXO, A.Clore Interiors