While everyone has been at home for the past few months, home improvement and redecorating have been very popular activities keeping people busy. Among the most common activities that people have taken up during the pandemic? Painting and decorating with bright, vivid colors!
From celebrities dying their hair bright hues to Chicagoans bringing bright color into their homes with stylish home accessories and vibrant garage murals, the last few months have been full of people trying out some fun new shades.
Bright colors can make a home feel exciting, fun, warm and inviting. They can help make sure your decor reflects your personality, while making your space feel like eternal summer, even in fall and winter. But over time, even the brightest colors can fade — leaving you feeling less like you’re living in your dream home and more like you’re living in a sad hotel.
From your favorite fabrics to your freshly painted walls, here are five ways to keep the bright colors in your home feeling fresh:
1.) Shop Smart: Choose Durable, Fade-Resistant Materials
This is advice better taken before you make a purchase, but it’s really important so we are including it here! When choosing brightly colored furniture or decor pieces for your home, choose materials that are durable and fade resistant. This is especially important when choosing fabrics for your upholstery and curtains.
Acrylic and acrylic blends are a great option because they are durable, dry quickly, and hold their bright colors for a long time. When choosing upholstered furniture, it’s a good idea to select pieces that have stain- and fade-resistant properties, as these materials are typically easier to clean. This way, you won’t just be avoiding stains, you’ll be setting yourself up to avoid unwanted dust and dirt down the line!
2.) Place Bright Colors In The Right Spots
Have you ever left a favorite plastic toy out in the yard in the summer, only to find it a week later and notice that it went from bright red to pale pink? UV Light accelerates the fading process, so it’s important to keep bright colors out of very bright, sunny areas. Use bright colors in the center of the room or out of the way of windows, or use treated window coverings to prevent the bright sunlight from damaging your most colorful pieces.
Bright colors can also fade when they are used in high traffic areas, so it’s best to consider where people in your home will be walking, sitting, or moving around frequently. For example, a bright pink rug would be better for a living room than a hallway.
3.) Eliminate Dust & Dirt
Dust can cause a lot of issues at home, and it can make bright colors appear dull, especially on certain fabrics like velvet. Dust can also rest on surfaces that we don’t pay a lot of attention to, leaving a lackluster appearance on any brightly colored finishes.
To avoid grit and grime obstructing your favorite colors, make sure you vacuum your fabrics regularly to keep them looking fresh, using a brush roller attachment when necessary. Some fabric materials can be washed, so you can clean any dirt, dust, or stains out of them to keep them from becoming dull.
Consider using an air filter to limit dust in the air that can settle on surfaces — and to keep your whole home feeling fresh! Be sure to make dusting a regular part of your cleaning routine, and set aside time to wipe down high-touch areas that might be covered in fingerprints or grime, including cabinets, tabletops, mirrors, and windows.
4.) Use Protective Coatings On Your Surfaces
It’s always a good idea to keep your fabrics and other surfaces clean — and it’s just as important to provide regular maintenance and take preventative measures to avoid fades and stains from developing in the first place.
This is especially true for brightly colored fabrics and furnishings. You can use a protective spray such as Watson’s eco friendly fabric protector to prevent stains on some fabric surfaces. Take care of your leather furniture and decor with a leather conditioner, and be sure to regularly reseal your wood and painted furniture items to prevent stains and fading.
5.) Wash Carefully When Possible
Whenever possible, a good washing can help keep the bright colors in your home feeling fresh.
Removable covers and blankets are great options for decor, because they can usually be tossed in the washing machine with a color-protecting detergent for a deep, lasting clean. But be careful! Always follow the care instructions for your favorite brightly colored fabrics, and avoid mixing too many bright colors in one load. You may love bright colors in your home, but since tie-dye is only in style once every 20 years or so, it’s best to keep colors separate.
Many indoor and outdoor accessories can be gently washed with a solution of water and dish soap, including items ranging from door mats to ceramics. Your bright green houseplants may also benefit from a bath every now and then! Other brightly colored surfaces can be gently wiped down with a microfiber cloth gently moistened water, including walls covered in semigloss or glossy interior paints. Always check with the manufacturer’s instructions to determine what cleaning materials to use, and run a test on a small, hard-to-see section first.
Sweeping Dimensions Can Help You Keep Your Home Bright and Fresh
Whether you prefer crisp, sharp whites, muted earth tones, or bright bold primaries, we’re here to help you keep your home’s colors looking great.
At Sweeping Dimensions, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful! A professional cleaning from one of our experienced teams can make your space clean and tidy, allowing you to focus on creating an environment that feels soothing, calming, and refreshing.
We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products. Our professionally trained and uniformed staff will listen to your needs, and all our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your needs.
Interested in how we can keep your home feeling vibrant and fresh, all year round? Ready to see what quality results and impeccable service truly look like? We’re here for you. Drop us a line today to receive your FREE service estimate!