Just like changing your wardrobe from warm layers in the winter, to cool breathable fabrics in the summer, your home too needs a fashion refresh as the season turns. While winter evenings urge us to explore and enjoy the outdoors until the fair weather lasts, summer months drive us indoors, preferably in the cool proximity of an air conditioner or a cooling fan.
These seasonal updates will get your home ready to welcome the long summer with open awnings!
1. Rugs Out, Cotton Carpets In
Winters are all about seeking warm comfort in the feel of fuzzy faux fur throws and thick carpets underfoot. On the other hand, summer is all about seeking the cool touch of cotton. Light carpets are the perfect choice for spring and summer. Made of cotton fibers, and available in a range of colourful patterns, these lightweight mats will give your room a sense of unbelievable lightness and vibrancy.
You can also match or contrast your cotton carpets with your throw pillows. If you’ve had thick curtains during winters, then go for something lighter and slightly sheer to make the room feel less stuffy. These lighter home décor updates will get your home ready for some indoor summer entertaining while satisfying your nesting instinct as you prepare your home for warmer weather.
2. Light up your walls
Out with the moody coffee or mauve tones and in with crisp azure and fresh green tones. While darker colours really set the Hygge mood for winter, lighter colours bounce off sunlight – which is plentiful during the long summer days. Light-coloured walls give your room an expansive, airy feel.
If painting your walls is a bit too ambitious then why not just paint one to create a feature wall. A feature wall gives your room a focal point. Pick a wall that your eyes are naturally drawn towards when you enter the room to be your feature wall. That could be the wall with the TV unit or the one behind your sofa. Opt for a colour that is a lighter or a brighter compliment to the ones you have for the rest of your room.
For a less labour intensive approach, try wall decals. Wall decals allow you to play around with strong patterns. You can also create textures using adhesive foam wall tiles. This update is easy to accomplish in a weekend and is pocket-friendly too.
3. Let the colours pop
You can add bright pops of colour throughout your room by accessorizing it with décor pieces, such as throw pillows, bean bags, assorted picture frames, abstract artwork or even furniture pieces painted in bright colours. Bright pops of colour help infuse a playful energy to your space and are great mood boosters. These accent pieces give maximum impact when paired with plain walls. Pastel or white walls create the perfect canvas for you to display your artwork.
If you are big on DIY then this could be the perfect opportunity for you to repurpose some old furniture pieces and give them a new lease of life with a new wash of colour. The One-Step Chalk-Based Paint from Amy Howard’s range is perfect for that. These paints can be applied straight from the pot and require no prior sanding or prepping of furniture. In fact, this paint can be used a variety of surfaces such as kitchen countertops and cabinets.
4. Take a scent-sational vacation
Add an olfactory dimension to your summer home makeover with scented candles and seasonal room fragrances. Floral scents that feature notes of frangipani, jasmine, lily and gardenia are always a safe bet. Citrusy smells with their clean, crisp notes are also an easy win.
If you like to get a little adventurous, why not opt for tropical fruit scents. Scents that blend notes of mango, papaya help create a tropical mélange that is sure to get your guests in the mood for a luau party or reach out for a fruity cocktail.
5. Green is the warmest colour
Nothing announces spring like a pot of overflowing flowering plants. However, the reality of living in the Gulf is that summer months can be particularly brutal for flowering plants, except for a few hardy outdoor varieties, such as the ever-blossoming frangipani or the resilient bougainvillaea.
For those of us without the luxury of an outdoor garden, creating spots of green around your home or balcony can literally add life to your space. Potted plants such as varieties of ficus, dwarf palms, hydrangeas, bamboo, bonsai, orchids, yucca can help you create your verdant indoor cornucopia. They are relatively easy to maintain and some of them require infrequent watering.
If you are wary that your green thumb is more agent orange, then get yourself a pot of succulents and build your confidence from there.
Or you can use artificial greens to create your green oasis indoors. Not only are these artificial plants available at Al-Futtaim ACE maintenance-free, they look close to the real thing!
These seasonal decor updates will get you ready to welcome the long summer with open arms (though, make sure to SPF them first!).