Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than with a mini home makeover? If you’re looking to switch things up and make your home lighter and brighter, take these tips on board. Summer is a time for embracing the outdoors and experimenting with colors and patterns. Here are some fantastic ways to make your home look incredible in no time at all.
Take advantage of natural light
Nothing says summer like sunlight, so let as much into your home as possible. Open up curtains, blinds, windows, and doors. Cut back trees and hedges to make your rooms lighter. If you have tall trees or bushes in the garden, seek advice from an expert. It’s not safe to attempt cutting down trees yourself.
Give your windows a good clean. If there’s a film of dust or dirt, this will dim natural light and make your rooms look darker. You can attempt this job yourself or call a local window cleaner.
Adding more natural light to your home will help to brighten up your rooms and create an illusion of space. It will also save you money on energy bills. If your house is naturally quite dark, there are ways of adding more light. You could install skylights in attic rooms or create a glass wall between your kitchen and living room, for example. If you’re looking to extend your kitchen and create a brighter space, you may wish to consider an orangery? This would give you a beautiful, bright open plan kitchen and enable you to enjoy views of the garden.
Bring the outdoors in
Summer is the perfect time of year to embrace and celebrate the great outdoors. Add plants and flowers to living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. Use natural materials, such as wood and bamboo indoors. Open patio doors to create a larger, more open space.
Switch up your palette
Summer is all about bright colors and clean, fresh shades. Sometimes, color can make rooms look more cramped. To avoid this, go for neutral walls and add color pops with vases, candle holders, and cushions. Swap dark colors and cozy furnishings for crisp shades teamed with colorful accents and wall art. Go for patterns and prints to liven up living room walls or add lightweight rugs to hardwood floors in the kitchen. Popular shades for summer include pinks, yellows, and blues.
Mirrors are a simple, chic and affordable way of making your home look lighter and more spacious. Hang ornate mirrors in the bathroom and bedroom for a romantic vintage vibe. Or go for an eye-catching modern mirror in the hallway. If you’re looking for something a little different, have a browse around antique stores or market stalls. You may also be able to pick up bargains at yard sales and on online auction sites.
You’ve booked a vacation and planned your summer wardrobe. Now, it’s time to treat your home to a warm-weather makeover. Play around with colors and prints. Use accessories and accents to liven up your rooms and let the outdoors in. Make use of natural light and maximize space using light tones and mirrors.