The sun is high, the trees are full of leaves, the garden is in full bloom and the temperature has actually reached double digits on our fair isle. I think we can finally say that summer is most definitely here. And whilst your winter boots and heaviest coat may have been relegated to the back of the wardrobe, have you done the same with your home?
The summer is always a great time to give your home a bit of a refresh and to create a lighter, airy version of what you may have enjoyed over winter. So, if you are looking for a light and breezy look for your lounge this summer, here are my top tips for getting the look.
Allow Your Loveliest Items To Shine
As a self-proclaimed ‘maximalist’ I do love a bit of what I consider ‘artfully arranged clutter’, but over the warmest months, the urge to indulge in winter nesting lifts. Instead of filling every surface with items, choose just a few of your favourites and allow them to shine on their own. Giving objects some room to breathe will visually lighten a space and create some freshness in your home without you having to spend a penny!
Add Some Natural Textures
Pulling inspiration from nature will always create a more casual breezy look for nearly any style. Natural materials such as jute rugs, rattan baskets, coral, natural wood, ceramic, slate, leather and marble bring texture and warmth to your living room scheme. Displaying objects like these will bring the outside in and create a soothing and restful environment perfect for summer.
Bring in Some Plants
As well as being a big trend at the moment house plants also create a soothing environment whilst purifying the air. Consider hanging a plant from the ceiling in a sunny corner or corralling a few smaller specimens along a windowsill or coffee table. Fresh flowers can also be cut from the garden and placed in bunches around the house for a burst of summer fragrance.
Lighten Your Sofa and Bed
If your sofa or bed has a pile of cushions so deep that it’s difficult to find the surface, it’s probably time to reclaim some space. Pare back your cushions and throws and let your furniture breath with only one or two accents. Removing the excess means less visual clutter and more room to get comfy!
Whiten and Brighten
For the airiest look, you may even want to consider repainting a dull drab room with fresh white for the cleanest, brightest backdrop for your possessions. As a lover of colour (and an owner of pets!), I would personally find it difficult to live in an all-white space, but there are ways to make it livable by bringing in tonal shades in warm neutrals and layering different textures to keep things interesting.
How will you be bringing a light and airy look to your home this summer?