The temperature is finally starting to rise and many of us are now thinking about getting our outside and inside spaces ready for summer.
The onslaught of the warmer months means barbeques, summer drinks parties and impromptu get-togethers that can go on until the chilly early hours – the point at which everyone abandons their deck chairs ready to carry on the party indoors! This is why spending as much love and attention sprucing up your indoor space is just as important as tending to your garden furniture and plants.
There are a multitude of quick, easy and relatively low cost ideas that will help drag your home from warm and cozy rooms, to fresh, cool and inviting spaces from which you can escape the hot summer sun.
Here are six of our top tips for doing just this:
Replace heavy curtains with a lighter material to create a fresh, light feeling, and change cushion cover from dark, heavy cushions to floral prints in pale, neutral shades.
The key colours for this summer are: dusky blue, greyed jade and linen, as well as the brighter hues of emerald and African violet.
It’s important to keep a sense of balance with your soft furnishings and combining soft neutrals with vivid exuberant colours will help you achieve a perfectly balanced scheme.
A dark, dull and outdated kitchen will make even the prettiest of homes appear dull and dated. Investing in a new kitchen for summer is a bit commitment, but one I promise you will not regret. There are a huge range of bright and modern kitchens that work well all year round. Click here and be inspired.
They say your windows are the eyes of your house (and as we all know, eyes are the windows to the soul) so it makes sense that your windows should be kept clean and sparkly at all times – particularly during the summer months when the sun will highlight every single smudge and fingerprint.
Instead of forking out for expensive (and usually ineffective) commercial window cleaning sprays, try adding neat white vinegar to a spray bottle, spraying liberally over your windows and then buffing dry with a clean rag – quick, easy and effective.