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How to refresh your home quickly this spring

Photo captions: Duette Architella Trielle honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas can help reduce heat loss through windows by up to 45 percent (top right). The Hunter Douglas Platinum App allows you to pre-set your window dressings to precise positions by shade, room, time of day or even activity (bottom right).

(NC) This spring, channel all the new-found positive energy into your home, as well as into yourself. Designer Sally Morse, the director of creative services for window fashions company, Hunter Douglas, gives us her favourite four tips – and some of them will surely strike home:

1. Declutter and Organize

Kids' toys collecting dust? Overflowing closets? Take spring cleaning to the next level and organize your home now so you can spend the upcoming summer months outdoors where you really want to be.

Inject the tranquility of the spring season into your life by making your home not only more beautiful, but more organized as well. Remember the old adage: A place for everything and everything in its place.

Next, don't let closet clutter intimidate you. Set aside a few hours when you won't feel rushed and take everything out, filling large, labeled trash bags with items destined for the dumpster – anything stained or beyond repair – and those that you want to give to charity and friends. Put foldables in bureaus and armoires. Treat yourself to padded hangers and suddenly, getting dressed is a pleasure, a chore no more.

What is the best complement for a to-die-for closet? An equally chic bedroom. Consider Alustra Duette Architella shades in a subtle metallic sheen fabric, trés moderne, or perhaps something romantic and delicate like Luminette Privacy Sheers, which feature a sheer face fabric with rotating fabric vanes behind. Both come in room-darkening options.

2. Save Energy and Money

Spring weather can be fickle. March is supposed to go in like a lion and out like a lamb, but everyone knows Mother Nature has a mind of her own. The ups and downs of spring can take a toll on electric bills, so this year, make a change.

The new Duette Architella Trielle honeycomb shade is a great energy-saving investment. With five insulating air pockets, it can help reduce heat loss through the window by up to 45 percent and solar heat gain by up to 80 percent.

You can also see if any of your light fixtures can use LED bulbs; they're ingenious and many are equipped with automatic turn-off, an easy energy-saver.

3. Easily Embrace the Sun

Some of the best things about spring are the sunny days we've been missing all winter long. No more waking up in darkness each morning – and this spring make it a point to truly rise and shine. You can do it with digital technology. Did you know that the Hunter Douglas Platinum App is the first shade-control, mobile app? And it is available as a free download with no service fees. With a quick tap on the screen, you can set your window coverings to raise or lower at pre-set times. Imagine waking up with ideal sunlight without having to leave the comfort of your bed – a perfect way to start the day.

4. Put a spring in Your Step

Take a cue from this cute saying and apply it to your home in creative, fun ways. Be they small – new bed and bath linens or painting the front door a cheery colour, or more lofty projects such as installing new carpet or redecorating an entire room − you deserve them.

One quick way to enhance the appearance of any room, no matter the décor, is with window dressings, and there are a vast number from which to choose.

More information, including the window fashions mentioned above, is available online at www.hunterdouglas.ca.

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