Now that summer is approaching, it is time to rid yourself of the stuffy signs of winter for good. Sprucing up your home for summer is not difficult or expensive, and you don’t have to be a professional decorator to do so. Use these five tips to brighten up your home indoors and out and welcome the summer with open arms.
Brighten interiors with pillows
Did you know that by switching out your pillows you can completely change the feeling of your living areas and bedrooms? You don’t even have to replace the entire pillow, just the pillow case! Look for bright pillow covers at inexpensive stores. If you don’t have a pillow that fits the case, you can stuff it with polyester stuffing for an inexpensive pillow you can easily use anywhere in the house. Choose brighter versions of colors already present in your home. For example, if you have maroon accents in the winter, switch to a bright red or even a magenta shade for summer. Patterns also transform a room into summer.
Switch out stuffy curtains
Heavyweight curtains can really drag the feeling of a room down. Switch out your stuffy winter curtains for gauzy, lightweight curtains for summer. If you still want the light-blocking power of heavier draperies, simply exchange dark colors for brighter colors. Floral patterns and gingham are also perfect patterns for summer draperies.
Add color to your yard
Unless you live in a desert, you can grow plants in your yard during the summer months. Just adding a few bright blooms to flower beds can really perk up an outdoor space and make it feel inviting. A couple of flowers planted in pots by the door creates a welcoming atmosphere. Scattering flowers and greenery around a patio also encourages summer outdoor activities. In a pinch, you can always use fake greenery instead of real flowers.
Bring comfort outdoors
Summer was made for spending time outdoors, but if your outdoor areas are uncomfortable, no one will want to stay out there. Fill your yard or patio with comfortable furniture, side tables, and brightly colored cushions and pillows to encourage outdoor lounging. Provide other comforts as well, such as a cooler full of cold beverages or a fire pit to keep warm on cool summer nights.
Bring outside in
Another easy way to prepare your home for summer is to bring the outdoors into the house. Bring in natural reminders of the outdoors, such as bark or wicker furniture, flowers and other plants, or paintings of bright, summery scenes. You can even switch out a traditional style rug for a modern rug in bright patterns. Floral patterns are big right now, and perfect for summer decorating.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to transform your abode into a summer paradise. You may be surprised how just a few simple changes completely transform your indoor and outdoor areas without spending much of your hard-earned money. Of course, to really reach the full benefit, keep those areas clutter-free.
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Article by Ashley Williamson
This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and an occasional blogger. Currently working in a curtains salon as an assistant. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga.
Article publié pour la première fois le 14/05/2013