Summer updates to enhance your home


(StatePoint) Is your house in need of a seasonal overhaul? Get your home in shape with these easy tasks and upgrades, and enjoy the warmer months.

• Top-to-bottom cleaning: In each room, start at the top and work your way to the bottom. Crumbs will inevitably fall from kitchen counters and dust will fly from fixtures, so clean your floors last so you don’t have to redo them later.

In the kitchen, circle around the sink, starting at the right side of your stove and then move clockwise around the room. Stoves can be the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending there prevents the spread of grease and dirt.

• Creative upgrades: After the garage, the kitchen is tied with the home office as the second most cluttered room in the house, according to a Moen survey. Get rid of clutter by updating features with those that create a “home” for items that live out in the open.

For example, when selecting a faucet, choose one with style and function, like the Voss faucet from Moen, which has a transitional low-profile design, ideal for installation in front of windows or on a kitchen island, and features Reflex technology, which allows for easy, secure docking of the spray wand. The collection also offers matching accessories like towel bars to make organization functional and fashionable.

A new kitchen sink, when chosen carefully, is another update that can reduce the appearance of clutter. Look for a model with a low-profile center divider that provides the versatility of a double bowl with single-bowl functionality. For instance, those from Moen allow you to fit items like pots and cookie sheets across two bowls easily, limiting the visibility of dirty dishes in the sink -- which is ideal for open concept layouts. To learn more, visit moen.com.

• Color Your World: A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room. And lighter hues are both in style and perfect for summer.

For the first time, Pantone, the worldwide standard for color communication, selected two colors of the year: Serenity and Rose Quartz. The light pastels complement each other and make for a calm and soothing design aesthetic. Meanwhile, paint maker Sherwin-Williams named Alabaster its 2016 color of the year. Keeping with the trend of light colors, this white hue is a nice blank canvas to showcase your summer décor.

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