Today’s guest post has some lovely ideas for how to make the most of the summery weather, and some great tips on how to keep that summery feeling going in your home. Enjoy!
There’s a change in the light and the shadows are lengthening. The barbecue season is in full swing and now is the time to start decorating the house for the summer. There are simple and effective things you can do to make your house feel light and airy, and bring the outdoors in. They needn’t cost the earth and will create a welcoming place to relax over the summer.
Begin with the conservatory, which bridges the garden and home. Wipe down your conservatory furniture, or even give the room a fresh coat of paint. Actually, this style of furniture can also be used effectively elsewhere, so expand your furnishing horizons. A rattan style chair or table in a bathroom, bedroom or hallway gives a summery feel.
Meanwhile, make the most of your garden, patio or balcony to place pots of flowers in groups at strategic points where they can be seen from inside the house.
Fill your house with flowers. Their scent and colour will pull the other changes you have made together, making your house seem a summer haven on even the dullest of days.
Consider swapping all the heavier wintry accessories in your house with lighter textiles, which will create a feeling of space and light. Include rugs, cushions, throws and even towels and curtains. Texture and colour are both important and there are many options.
A light neutral palate is refreshingly cool; a zingy palate of jewel colours will give vibrancy and zing. Coastal colours and nautical stripes can also work well. For inspiration, look at what you see in nature, and echo what you like.
Hang vintage or contemporary mirrors to make the sunlight dance off the walls, and use candles and hurricane lanterns to illuminate rooms as dusk is falling.
Get younger kids involved in decorating the house by making bunting. Let them bake treats for a summer party or barbecue. Plant sunflower seeds and have a competition. If the weather is good activities will be focused outside but always have contingencies for bad weather. Visit a museum or gallery. Many areas have special events for kids over the holidays and libraries often run story-telling sessions for the younger ones. Finally if all else fails resort to the long British tradition of playing board games whilst the summer rain falls outside!