8 Things to Change in Your Home for the Summer
Today, I’m sharing a guest post about 8 Things to Change in Your Home for the Summer in partnership with ALLFORM.
1 – Curtains
The type of curtains you use depends on how you want to enjoy your living space. If you prefer to keep it dark and cool, you can keep the thick, dark-toned drapery. This helps keep the glaring sunlight out of your home and reduces the need for you to turn up the air conditioner.
However, if you are a fan of natural light and you enjoy some warmth in your home, opt for sheer, light curtains instead. This will allow all the natural light during the day time to come in and depending on where you live, it can even let the summer evening breeze come in and cool your home.
2 – Kitchen area
Cooking can make your indoor space get even hotter during the summer and cause the air conditioner to work even harder. A tip: Cook your meals during the cooler hours of the day like the morning or evening. Or better yet, move your kitchen area so you are cooking in the patio or the backyard. Nothing will feel like summer more than cooking outdoors. You can even dine outside in the evenings when it’s cooler.
3 – Upholstery
Since summer can get hot, you want to change your upholstery so they don’t contribute to the heat. Replace thick sheets and pillow covers with ones that are lighter and thinner. This will give a sense of airiness to your furniture cushions that will make you want to lounge in them during the summer heat.
4 – Scents
There’s not much to change here since spring scents transition well into the summer. However, if you want it to truly smell like summer in your home, opt for fragrances that are beachy, citrusy, and woodsy. There are also scents that will remind you of this season like fresh flowers and linens. Pick scents so they match the area they are in –citrus for the kitchen, beachy in the living room, fresh linens in the bedroom, etc.
5 – Outdoor decor
Now’s the perfect time to take out your outdoor chairs. If you don’t have them, consider investing in chic patio furniture. You want to be able to sit outside and enjoy the sun with a good book or a cold iced tea. What’s great about these is that they are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions so you can definitely use them even after summer.
6 – Living room sofa
Speaking of furniture, let’s talk about one that’s inside your home. If you’ve been meaning to get rid of that bulky couch, this would be a great time since everyone is out. Put your old one on display and replace it with a brand new one that suits your taste more. Find a sofa that matches your style, but don’t forget that it has to be versatile so you can use it all throughout four seasons.
7 – Color palette
For summer, you want to dial back on your interior decor’s color palette. Don’t go for more than three colors at a time. This can make the space look splashy and uncoordinated. Opt for light neutral colors and layer them gently. Start with the main base and then accent with the other color. This will give your home a more breezy feel.
8 – Plants
No indoor plants in your home yet? Add them now! They’re perfect for the summer because, despite their low maintenance nature, indoor plants do enjoy being exposed to some natural light. Spruce up your living room with some really good starter species like spider plants, rubber plants, fiddle leaf figs, and Calathes. These are perfect for beginners and require minimal care. Best of all, they can help cool your room and beat the heat during this summer.
Which of these tips are you going to implement in your home first?
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