School’s out, the sun is shining, and there are strawberries at the farmer’s market. You might be ready for the sun, but is your home ready for warmer weather? Believe it or not, it takes more than pulling up the blinds to welcome summer into your home. But it doesn’t have to be a big hassle. Whether you have a big home or a small apartment, you can still help your home make the most of the summer season.
1. Embrace your outdoor living space.
If you’re lucky enough to have any form of outdoor space, it’s time to start using it. It doesn’t have to be much, but even a patio chair accented with a colorful outdoor rug and weatherproof pillow will transform a simple space into an inviting retreat.
2. Bring the outdoors in.
Select decor to reflect the beauty of summer, and work natural materials into your home. Think about natural palm woven chairs or bringing outdoor furniture inside to blur the line between the two spaces. If you don’t think your outdoor furniture will work inside, try using slipcovers or new cushions to help it blend with your interior.
Another idea is to bring terracotta pots inside. These work well to hold indoor plants for a casual centerpiece, but they could also be used to hold utensils, fruit, writing implements, etc.
Using a seagrass carpet gives a room a slight beachy vibe, and is also practical for the entire year. These natural woven floorcoverings are extremely durable, help create healthy indoor humidity levels, and prevent the build-up of static.
3. Use light and breezy textiles.
Integrate light and airy fabrics into your home’s design to give each room a bright feel, and also to cool it down on particularly hot days.
If you have a lot of heavy and dark fabrics, think about using neutral linen chair and sofa covers during the summer season.
Additionally, replace heavy winter drapes with sheer window treatments to let more light in.
Content adapted from houzz.com