Posted: 19 June 2015 by Higgins Homes
Summer is here and that means darkness is out. Now, it’s all about fresh, crisp whites and those beautiful bold brights. If you want to update your interiors for the warmer months but you’re not looking to spend a fortune then we have some great tips on how to achieve just that.
Add some shine
Reflective surfaces not only make spaces feel larger but they’re also ideal for bouncing light around a room, whether that’s natural or artificial. Mirrors, crystal, glass and art made from glass and metals can all help you achieve this.
A new coat of paint
One of the easiest ways to brighten a room is to use paint. A fresh coat of white paint brings with it an immense amount of energy or you can opt for summery shades of lemon yellow or mint green. These are the type of colors that the sun really brings to life when it falls on them.
Crowded shelves, rooms where you can’t really see the floor and stuffed wardrobes just feel heavy and claustrophobic. Clear out all the spaces that have too much in them and introduce clean lines and smooth, minimalist, empty surfaces.
It’s a simple one but that annual spring clean really will make your home feel like a brighter place. This is particularly true of any surface on which the sun is going to fall, whether that’s streaked windows or dusty carpets and couches. Get your carpets professionally cleaned, apply some elbow grease to surfaces and make sure all you can see is sunlight, rather than dust particles in the air.
Small changes make a big difference
Most of us don’t have the resources to completely alter our homes when the seasons change, however, there are some small changes you can make that will help you achieve the look you want. Furnishings such as curtains can completely alter the feel of a room – swap heavy dark curtains for light, billowing sheers – and put away heavy wood and metal furnishings, replacing them with glass and china.
Bring the outside in
Filling your home with plants and flowers is one way to make sure no one forgets that summer has arrived. Cut flowers in a gorgeous vase, window boxes full of herbs or indoor plants can all bring color, fragrance and liveliness to a space.
Pack winter away
Rather than leaving heavy coats by the door winter duvets on the beds and wellington boots on the shoe racks, pack all of your winter essentials away instead. This will help with decluttering and will ensure that you know where everything is when winter comes around again, as well as lightening the atmosphere in the house for summer.