With more people than ever living in an urban city, it is difficult for many to enjoy all the wonders that summer can bring. Fortunately, you don’t need to be beside the sea or even have a garden to bring the season into your home.
Here at Birlea we’ve put together a a guide so you can take real advantage of the Summer months. Our step by step guide will help add a splash of Summer to your home.
Bring the Outside In
This is the simplest yet most effective way you can bring summer into your living space. Our exposure to nature is often limited by where we choose to live, so it is important to make a conscious effort to surround yourself by nature where possible.
Try adding large leafy plants to your communal areas, or better still a fresh bunch of flowers. Vibrant fresh flowers help to epitomise the summer months and will brighten up even the dullest of areas.
If you’re looking for something a little less high maintenance, cactus plants are the perfect solution. These popular 21st century plants take little maintenance and really add a splash of colour to any living space.
Purchasing and filling a fruit bowl is another simply addition to your home but it goes a long way to bringing inviting nature and the outdoors in. Not only will fruit on display look bright and natural, it’s a visual reminder to eat more fruit leading to a healthier lifestyle.
If you have more time on your hands and want to make bigger changes to your home, it’s worth considering swapping out seasonal furnishings. Replace those dark winter rugs and explore earthy tones of brown, black and grey for a Safari theme or British summer colours of greens, yellows and blue to brighten up your space. The more adventurous type? Don’t be afraid to use deep colours such as reds, oranges and vibrant yellows to energise your surroundings. Small alterations to your home that reflect the season can make a huge difference to your mood, lifestyle and happiness. Cushions, rugs and pictures are quick wins that can add shape, flow and summer character to your home.
Post-holiday blues is something we will all suffer from at some point. There’s no better way than to beat those blues than by bringing a little bit of your summer holiday home with you. Souvenirs and holiday mementos can tend to fall on the tacky side of interior design. However, there are lots of tried and tested additions to your living space that take you back to those precious holiday memories.
A glass bowl of sand from your recent holiday, wicker baskets or ornaments are classics. If you’re into arts and crafts, why not try creating something from the humble fishing rope. Perhaps if you went further afield for your summer holiday you can include your more exotic mementos that will lend more colour to your home. Don’t be afraid to display little reminders of some wonderful memories.
Embrace the Light
While the winter months are synonymous with dark afternoons and gloomy skies, it is important to appreciate the summer months and the light and life they bring. Opening or removing your curtains and letting the light in will completely transform the feel to any room and it’s completely free! If removing your curtains isn’t a viable option look to replace these with lighter much thinner curtains.
It’s also important to ensure your home has good ventilation. The BBQ or fresh cut grass smell can really uplift the feeling in a room.
Create an Outdoor Summer Space
This may not be possible to everyone looking to liven up their home this summer but is a huge bonus if you have the possibility of doing so. Eating living and socialising outside is increasingly important not just for connecting you to the outdoors but also for your health and well being. Studies show that spending more time outside has huge health benefits, lowering blood pressure depression and anxiety. With this in mind that summer space for your home should be considered an investment in your personal health.
BBQ areas are fantastic communal places that you can enjoy good food and company whilst appreciating the great outdoors. Testing out different combinations of summer ready chairs and tables, loungers and firepits to see what style suits your home. Whether your outside space is for large gatherings or simply somewhere you can relax and read a book, taking some time to create this space pays off.
Preparing your home for summer does not have to be a total interior design revamp. The simple changes that you make can go a very long way. Secure quick wins with fresh flowers, open windows and introducing lighter colours to the space and you’ll feel like summer is here. Spending as much time in the outdoors is more important than ever and comes with a whole host of health benefits.