Cozy rooms are great in winter, but when the days are longer, lighter and warmer it’s nice to update your home so that it feels bright and airy rather than dark and stuffy. No matter what your budget, there are ways you can make your décor feel a little more summery, so here are a few ideas whether you’re looking for budget fixes or blowout projects.
Paint walls white
Painting the walls of a room white, or even choosing an off-white shade, can instantly make a room feel more spacious. If you’re worried painting an entire room white could look a little clinical for your taste then just paint an accent wall instead. This works particularly well on walls with big windows, as it creates brightness on one side of a room that then projects onto the other walls making your room feel much more airy.
Add neon accents
If the rest of your décor is fairly neutral, then you can afford to inject a bit of seasonal colour with pastel neon coloured accessories. Light throws and cushions work well in bedrooms and living rooms, whilst towels and bathmats in neon pastel shades will brighten up a bathroom. In the dining room and kitchen, little extras like colourful napkins and table runners will have the same effect, and a bright Perspex dining set for eating outdoors is a must! Take a look at this Pinterest board for loads of inspiration for incorporating neon hues into your home.
Bring the outside in
Don’t wait until someone buys you flowers to fill your home with them. Putting fresh flowers in the rooms you spend most time in is a cheap, quick and easy way to make your house feel a little more summery. Yellow flowers such as daffodils look particularly effective in rooms with white décor, but obviously you can pick whichever sort you prefer as long as they’re colourful. Place them in interesting vases and your home will feel instantly lifted.
Invest in new flooring
Switching carpet and dark wooden floors for something lighter is an expensive but particularly effective way to brighten your home during the summer months. The good thing about light wooden or tiled flooring is that whilst it looks amazing during the summer, it can easily be adapted for the winter. Simply adding a large shaggy rug and switching blinds for fabric curtains will instantly make the room feel cosier again when the weather gets a bit colder.
Add wooden decking to your garden
Spending more time outdoors is one of the luxuries that come hand in hand with the summer season, so it’s a good idea to make sure your garden lends itself to barbeques and hosting evening drinks. Having comfortable outdoor furniture is a must, but it’s even better if you can make a feature of your entertaining area by having decking fitted. You could integrate benches into the decking themselves, as well as counters for serving food and an outdoor fridge. Having a low level table with a fire pit in the middle is also an amazing addition to a decking area, as when the sun goes down and the night gets a little cooler it’s nice to be able to warm up by the heat of a fire.