It’s finally Spring and soon we will be stepping into summer!! I know we all hoped this summer might be different from last year…and that we could return back to “normal.” But, sadly we are still amidst a pandemic, although things seem to be improving. Even though we cannot go out and live our lives the way we used to this summer, we can still have fun at home. So, what better time to spruce up your house than now? Below are some tips to help you get your house ready for summer.
Spring Clean 1
With more time spent at home as of late, there may be more to clean during this year’s spring cleaning. So, it may feel like a huge undertaking. But it doesn’t have to be as daunting as you might think. Spend a few hours every weekend clearing out the clutter and making it feel more relaxed and restorative. A mid-year evaluation is a great way to declutter. Take a look at the things you have. If you haven’t used something in the first half of the year, and it isn’t a summer item, toss it/ donate it. Your house should reflect the freshness of the spring and be ready to welcome summer – which is just right around the corner!!
Maximize the Light 2
Maximizing light doesn’t always require structural modifications.
Start by replacing your heavy, black-out curtains to light, sheer curtains that still provide privacy while letting in the warm summer light. Likewise, make sure the materials in your house are relevant to the season. If you have heavy throw pillows and blankets, try swapping these out to cotton and linen which can help create an airy, summery look.
Another great way to prepare your house for summer is to rearrange the furniture. Many people don’t consider a different/special arrangement at the change of the season, but during summer, our bodies crave more light and open space. An updated arrangement can create a better flow and more efficient use of space. For example, arrange your furniture to face the patio or the front yard. This way, you can keep an eye on your kids while they play outside. Consider adding more seating near windows, with storage underneath for books and board games, to promote family time. Go easy on the décor and open up the space.
Painting is one of the easiest ways to change the look of the house. If you have dark walls, give them a fresh coat of paint in a light, summery color. Light, fresh walls can help maximize light.
Another way to get your house ready for summer is to bring in plants. I am sure a lot of you have jumped into gardening during the pandemic, so adding more indoor plants may be in-keeping with your pandemic interests. Consider fresh cut flowers too which adds a pop of color. This is a great way to feel connected to the outdoors. Incorporate summer scents too 2. Add candles or aroma diffusers with fresh scents. Our brain works in a multi-sensory way, so creating a multi-sensory environment can bring a relaxed and rejuvenated feeling to your home.
Create an outdoor space or a patio 3
Creating an outdoor space can be a fun experience for the entire family. Involving everyone in the design process, and coming up with fun ideas with your kids, can be an engaging project this spring. And one you can all enjoy this summer.
If your family likes to spend time outside lounging, think comfy over-sized sectional with a nice, big coffee table. If you like to eat outside, consider furnishing the space with a dining table and comfortable chairs. Ground it all with a nice, patterned area rug. Choose a design you are comfortable with and one that works for your family.
If you have a large outdoor space, create multiple spaces for lounging, and dining, with a kids’ play space. Use the trees to your advantage too. Create shaded seating areas and layouts that promote social distancing.
For help getting your home ready for summer, contact Talie Jane Interiors at 855.TALIEJANE.
Article by Akshaya Sivasankar for Talie Jane Interiors
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