Would you love to give your home a fresh new look? The décor that once made your home feel cosy over winter can seem drab in the bright sunshine. But the good news? You can refresh your home for summer in no time, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth, either.
I’ll show you 7 simple ways to transform your home into a bright, airy space that’s a joy to live in:
1. Bring the outdoors in
Plants instantly give your home a fresh feel for summer, adding vibrancy and interest to any indoor space. Houseplants purify air and benefit your health. They really do breathe new life into a room!
Let a mane of foliage tumble from your shelves, or make a statement with oversized sculptural leaves:
Don’t have a green thumb? Low-maintenance cacti and succulents have clean, geometric shapes that look chic in a Scandi style ceramic planter:
And if you really don’t have time to water, cheat! There are imitation plants available that look just like the real thing.
Coordinate your greenery with accessories made from natural materials like wood and stone, or rustic woven baskets. And if you love fresh flowers, a centrepiece for your coffee or dining table will lift your spirits with the scent of summer.
What’s the biggest obstacle to flawless design? Too much clutter! We all tend to surround ourselves with things that make us comfortable over winter (I’ve been there!) But too many objects in a room and the effect is overwhelming.
If you dispose of items you don’t need, your home becomes simplified. Everything has its place and purpose, and you achieve a sense of true harmony. Look how serene this clutter-free living room is:
Studies have shown excess clutter is actually a cause of stress, so be ruthless and try to get rid of all but the pieces you love, or use regularly.
Decluttering might sound like a daunting prospect, but you’ll be surprised how quickly you can clear out your home. Tackle one room at a time, and work from the top down, sorting items into piles. Keep a ‘maybe’ pile to sort through another day with fresh eyes, and when you’re done, sit back and admire the results.
Great interior design doesn’t just look good, it should make your life easier, too. An organised home stays clean, airy and functional however busy you are. Identify places in your home that accumulate mess and install organising features there, like a letter rack or coat stand:
Installing hooks in your kitchen not only keeps utensils organised, it creates an attractive feature for your wall, too:
And if you’ve a desk or study, label up your folders so you can keep all your paperwork in the right place - and find what you need at a glance.
4. Add a pop of colour
Adding a burst of bright colour will lift your mood and give your home a completely new look. And you don’t need to embark on a major décor overhaul to make a big impact! All you need to do is swap out your soft furnishings.
Put dark, textured cushions and throws into storage, and replace with lightweight ones in vibrant colours like pinks, greens and yellows. If vibrant isn’t your thing, go for pretty pastel shades instead. Add a zesty stack of towels in the bathroom, and in the bedroom replace heavy blankets with cool cotton and crisp linen bedding:
You can boost the fresh tone of your room by choosing furnishings with a leafy motif or tropical pattern. And if your wooden furniture is looking tired, why not give it a new lease of life with a lick of bright paint?
5. Rearrange your décor
You don’t need to spend time and money replacing furniture to transform your home for summer. Instead, rearrange your pieces to occupy a new position. Or simply rotate them towards a new focal point, for example angling chairs towards a window instead of the fireplace.
When making changes to a room that’s all too familiar, look at each item in turn and consider how useful it is in its current position. Perhaps a chair looks out of place and would work better in another room? Maybe the sofa juts into a walkway, or sits too far away from your coffee table? Change it up, and enjoy the results.
6. Let the sunshine in
With longer days and more sunshine, it’s easy to brighten your home by letting in more natural light.
Swapping heavy curtains for sheer ones allows more space for sunlight and reduces the build-up of heat. Sheer curtains will billow in the summer breeze, giving your room a fresh, outdoorsy feel even on an overcast day:
If swapping your curtains sounds like too much hassle, there’s an even faster way to maximise light in your room: use mirrors. Not only do mirrors give the illusion of more space, if you position one opposite a window, the light will bounce off the mirror’s surface and bathe the room in a summery glow:
And if you’ve furniture and accessories made from reflective materials, give them centre stage! Glass, polished wood or metal will all reflect light back into your room.
7. Change up your art
Have you had the same wall art in your home for so long you don’t notice it anymore? Change your art and you’ll see your room a whole new way. Well-chosen art can be a stunning focal point that gives your room personality:
Try swapping your old prints for something bright that coordinates with your new soft furnishings. Whatever your taste, there’s a huge selection of affordable prints available online that will match your new colour scheme.
And if you love your existing art, why not move it to a new position, or a different room? Art works best hung at eye level, where it can connect with the other pieces in your room. And if you’ve several smaller prints, group them together for a sophisticated look:
Try some of these simple changes in your own home for a fresh new space that’s perfect for summer! Have you any tips to share? What works wonders to refresh your home? Drop me a comment below - I’d love to hear your thoughts.