Guest Author - Donna Coogan
Are you looking for ways to transform your home with garden decor? Consider these 10 simple and inexpensive ideas.
1. Introduce garden colors to your walls, fabrics and accents. During the spring and summer months, take a walk and notice the flowers blooming in your area. No doubt youíll find everything from pastels to more vivid hues as great sources of inspiration. For example, yellow daffodils or forsythia; blue hydrangeas or forget-me-nots; pink azaleas or white cherry blossoms. Other natural colors like robins egg blue and grass green are ideal choices for bringing a garden feel into your home.
2. Include a few pieces of garden furniture in your home. Consider a wrought iron dining table or a wicker loveseat outfitted with comfortable pillows in bright colors. These can be a refreshing change from traditional indoor furnishings.
3. Add flowers throughout your home. Fresh flowers can be expensive, especially if you donít have your own cutting garden. Opt to buy inexpensive daisies at the grocery store. These can last for weeks. For added charm, set them out in a watering can or simple glass jars that you already own.
4. Introduce garden elements like birdhouses and bird nests. These are fairly cheap and can be found at dollar stores and craft stores. They are also fun to create yourself, allowing you to tailor them more specifically to your rooms.
5. Shop your local home improvement store for garden statuary or urns. Spray paint them in white or pastels for a fresh look. Pick up a panel of picket fencing to create whimsical touches in your home like a bedroom headboard or as wainscoting in a childís room or entryway.
6. Incorporate garden motifs in your fabrics, throw pillows, dishes or other accents. Consider flowers, bees, butterflies, ladybugs, bunnies, birds or leaf motifs to add outside cheer to your interiors.
7. Freshen your decor with plenty of white. It will look great against your garden color choices. Paint your room trim in white, add a piece of white painted furniture, cover your dark furniture with white slipcovers, buy an inexpensive set of dishes in an all white pattern. White is the perfect backdrop for garden decor.
8. Shop yard sales and flea markets for floral paintings and botanical prints. Look for old calendars or books with pictures of birds or insects that you can tear out and group on a wall.
9. Choose lighter window treatments like simple panels or valances. Heavy curtains work great for the colder months, keeping drafts at bay and making a home feel cozier. In spring, itís time to let the sunshine and breezes into your home.
10. Rearrange your furnishings. When the seasons change, a new furniture layout can make all the difference in how your home feels. Swap pieces from room to room. If you have windows that look out to a great view, establish that as your focal point if you havenít done so already. It's a simple way to connect your home with the outdoors, furthering that garden feeling.