Top Tips to Make Your House Summer Ready

The summer sun is upon us which means for many that the time has come to redecorate and prepare your home for the months to come. It’s time to get rid of the warm décor, pack up the throw blankets, put away the candles and switch to bold, bright colours to create a living space ready for summer.

Take a look below at our top tips to get your house feeling summery and ready for the warmer months.

Patterns & Palettes

Summer is a time to get rid of the old and bring in the new. Patterns designed to stand out and bold colours can create an interior that offers an elegant and enjoyable place to relax. Floral designs, patterns and feature walls can be mixed and matched with wall colours, flooring styles and simple furniture to great effect. The more creative the better!

White

Adding white into your room can instantly make the room feel brighter and bigger. Bringing in clean, fresh, white furniture or decorations will open up the room and make it feel more like summer. White rooms tend to reflect more light, making it feel brighter and more natural, even with artificial bulbs.

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Natural Lighting

With longer days and warmer evenings, inviting natural light into your home will result in a brighter more summery feel. Big windows and strategically placed mirrors mean that you can enjoy the warmth and brightness of the summer sun. Adding mirrors to your walls is a great way to reflect the natural light around the room, along with helping to make it feel and look bigger. Pull back the curtains, throw open the windows and let the sun stream through your home.

Along with maximising natural light it is also a good idea to try and minimise artificial light. Artificial lights can create the feeling of warmth and heat and is best to be avoided during the daytime where possible.

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Bring the Outdoors Indoors

Summer is all around us making the perfect excuse for homeowners to garnish their homes with flowers and plants. Whether they’re freshly picked from the garden or found at a garden centre, plants and flowers can bring life to any interior. Adding bright, fresh colours to your room is a great way to give your home a summery feel without having to do much work. Indoor plants give your home an outdoor feel and aroma especially when placed near windows where they can flourish in the summer months.

Flooring

Laminate floors have grown immensely in popularity in recent years. Laminate is a cost-effective, low maintenance and durable solution to summer design. It’s perfect for a floor that can protect against those inevitable ice cream and drink spillages. Laminate floorings practicality coupled with the fact that nowadays they recreate the look and feel of natural flooring, tiles and panels with flawless effect.

Remember to keep it simple as there’s no need to completely redecorate, small touches can make a huge difference to the feel of your home. With these guidelines you can create an interior design that is unique to you and your home, leaving you more time to sit back, relax and enjoy the coming summer months.

 

Taking it Back to the Bare Bones

 

I’m sure we’ve all seen the minimalist design take over many a design magazine or blog over the last several years, whether its in a trendy city apartment or country mile, minimalism is bang and trend and we’re going to tell you some key pieces you can use in your own home to create this style.

Being minimal doesn’t mean you have to throw everything out that you already have, being minimal is all about key pieces that work for you, in terms of storage and your home and removing the clutter.

Light colours are also a must with minimal design. To create the effect of minimalism, clean lines should be your starting point. We always recommend picking out some pieces that pique your interest then use a design app or a good ol piece of paper to draw out your room plan, this will help you decide which items to purchase and which items don’t cut the mustard.

We will be looking at some key pieces of furniture which will work perfectly for a minimalist design.

Clean cut Sofa

Now, there is no hard and fast rule with which type of sofa you should choose, but we have found that grey, white, black and blue sofas are the most popular. They all have one thing in common, they are sleek with clean cut lines, they may not look like the most comfortable thing ever, however you can find a minimalist sofa that is just as comfortable as it is beautiful.

Functional Coffee Table

Wooden tables with high metal legs are a big trend in the minimalist design. Another trend is coffee tables which when unfolded can make a living room dining table, these not only look fantastic but provide ample storage, which will give you a chance to keep your clutter in check while sticking to the minimalist design.

Flawless Flooring

The style of your home will normally dictate what flooring you will have, however this doesn’t have to be the case. There are some truly breathtaking homes that appear to be one thing on the outside, yet when you walk through the front door you’re met with amazement because the exterior is the complete opposite of the interior so don’t let your home box you in, in terms of your interior design.

A popular choice in minimalist rooms is wooden flooring with a statement rug that will tie the room together. The wooden flooring can be painted white or even dark walnut, and the rugs are normally textured, this will bring another edge to your room while maintaining minimalism.

Another great by product of the minimalist design is that it gives you a chance to de clutter and start from fresh and you never know once you have sorted out all your clutter you may want to go minimalist throughout your home!

A Pinch of Colour

 

Statement walls have been around for quite some time and for good reason too! We have seen an influx of dark coloured walls to add depth to any room. A few years ago the trend was to have all white walls in our homes, but now a shot of colour is welcome in any home.

It doesn’t have to be dark, you can go bright and bold, it is all down to personal preference. One of the most popular colours we have seen is dark navy on feature walls for the living room, and as long as you have light coloured walls around your room, you will be able to pull off a dark colour. If you have a large living room you could even go for several colours in your living room, for instance a nice dark navy feature wall with your other walls being a medium grey colour, this will not only fantastic, but it will also add warmth to any room.

We will be looking at some of the post popular colours for the rooms in your home.

Colours for the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of any home and getting your colour scheme right is crucial. Most people opt for a plain white or magnolia in their kitchen, but 2015 is the year to be bold and make a statement. You can do this with flooring and wall colours. A zig zag light grey floor would work perfectly with a dark grey or aubergine wall colour.

Colours for the Living Room

The living room is one of the most viewed rooms in our homes, with friends and family popping over throughout the year, this is one of the rooms that will get the most attention in terms of design and features.

Blacks and greys are one of the most popular colours for a feature wall in the living room, it has popped up in hundreds of home magazines and interior design blogs. Now, we know that black may seem like a daunting colour for a living room, but to make this colour work, why not try pairing this dark and sultry colour with a vivid blue sofa? Or light wooden floors. You can even try textured black walls, this will add depth and another dimension to your wall. One downside is if you change your mind, black can be a bit of a nightmare to cover, however, don’t let this put you off, if you decide to change 2-3 coats of Dulux will solve the problem.

Colours for the Dining Room

If you have a dining room one of the most important pieces of advice we have is to make this a separate, individual room. It might sound ridiculous, but it is so often the case that our dining rooms become a dumping ground from the other rooms in our house, or they can be a bit of an undecided room, the way to cure this is by making a statement with a bold wall colour choice and taking the time to add accents that work with your room.

A perfect example would be to have a walnut dining table, with one aubergine wall with the rest being a muted grey, with a white and gold trimmed dinner service, this will make a statement and help you keep your dining room ready for family meals and special occasions.

Colours for the Bedroom

Considering we spend over 2,300 hours a year sleeping, getting your bedroom décor right is an absolute must. From choosing the right bed and storage, to wall colours that suit you and your needs.

We recommend going for muted greys, or dusky pinks in the bedroom as these can make your bedroom the relaxing haven it should be. You can of course go bold with blues, greens reds etc, because the most important thing to consider when choosing a colour is does it work for you in your home. It is of course great to check out the new trends, but if they don’t work for your family tweak them to suit.

Interior Trends for 2015

Every year we see interior design trends change, from what furniture is in to the perfect wall colour and change is good! This season is all about traditional materials and luxurious materials, a coupling we certainly appreciate!

Monochrome was a big trend last year, along with statement walls in the home and part of this is still very much trending today, but instead of a statement wall, it is all about statement pieces of furniture that will stand the test of time, this is why traditional materials such as oak are making a big comeback.

We will be looking at the top 4 trends of 2015 below.

Artistic Details

The influx of having artwork in the home is quite astounding! Instead of traditional oils in gilt frames the trend this year is to support local and new artists who are yet to build their name, not only will you be supporting new artists but you will have a one of a kind piece in your home.

Now, the type of home you live in and the tastes you have tend to have a baring on the choice you make in terms of artwork, for instance a Tracy Emin sketch piece may not work well in a Tudor home, however this is all down to personal preference, whatever piece of artwork you like, you can make it work for you and your home.

Silky Soft

The materials we use in our home are also a big trend this year, with Silk being amongst them. Silk has always been seen as luxurious and for good reason too, but don’t panic, silk can work for any budget, you don’t need reams and reams of expensive silk drapes or bedding, if your budget is a bit tight you can still stay on trend by doing silk accents, such as a silk pillow for your sofa.

Silk prints are also a big trend this season. So, don’t be afraid to go bold, if your taste and home allows you can go big with this trend, however so remember not to over do it.

Blue Velvet

It doesn’t necessarily have to be blue, but this plush material has made a big comeback this season, from velvet curtains to velvet sofas, whatever your budget you can make velvet work for you and your home.

Velvet is a material that was huge in the 70s and it will make a big resurgence in 2015! You can choose to have velvet accents around your home, or you can be bold and go for a velvet sofa.

Wood

Wooden furniture has been around forever, from the traditional craftsman that make personalised pieces of exquisite furniture to the Ikea flat pack generation, however there is a new wooden trend this season, traditional wooden furniture, we don’t mean antique pieces, its the material itself that is reverting back to tradition.

An example is oak, which is about as traditional as it comes, not only is this wood incredibly durable but over time, the oak can change colour due to sun exposure and just plain old wear and tear, which makes it an evolving piece of furniture. Oak can also provide a fantastic focal point in any room of your home.

How to Create the Perfect Traditional Christmas

With Christmas just a matter of days away, you may think that you’re out of time in terms of decorating, however, fear not, with a few decorations and some patience, you can transform your home into a traditional Christmas wonderland.

We have shared some of our favourite festive decoration tips below.

Christmas Tree

This is the feature piece of any room and for good reason too! Whether you opt for a real tree or not, the method is almost identical, you need to settle on a theme and go with it.

If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas tree, you can’t go wrong with red and gold, the staple colours of a festive, traditional Christmas.

You can purchase hundreds of different styles of baubles and decorations or if you’re feeling brave why not try your hand at making your own, they will be a lovely memento of the festive season that you can use year in year out.

Decorating the Table

Garlands, pine cones, candles, these are friends when decorating your table traditionally! Decorating the tables around your home can make a huge difference, especially the smaller console tables.

You could even add a few fairy lights to brighten things up. It may seem like a small task but taking the time to decorate your tables will make your guests feel incredibly festive and welcome.

Wreaths

Creating your own wreath is not only incredible simple it is hugely effective and the best part, you can design your wreath to you Christmas style.

You can also make large ones, for your door and little ones to pop all around your home and nothing says festive cheer like a homemade wreath.

Mince Pies

Now these are not strictly a decoration, however they are an integral part of any Christmas.

Whether you have puff pastry or short crust pastry, one thing is for sure, these festive delights give you a taste of Christmas with every mouthful! As an extra special touch why not try some pine icing sugar.

 

However you decide to decorate your home this year just remember to enjoy the festivities, maybe with a mince pie or 2 :)