Known for its impressive landscapes and one of the Australia's most vibrant cities, New England is a wonderful place to be! Spring and summer in the New England are ideal for home refreshes, and Integrity New Homes New England has tips for updating a single room or your entire home for summer. Here are 6 of our favourites, easy fix tips...

Tip 1: Bring the Outdoors Indoors with Plants
Adding a plant can spruce up your home this summer. Plants add nature to any home's interior. Plants look good and can be used as decor, but they also have health benefits.

Plants in homes improve air quality, boost productivity, and reduce stress, according to research. Plants, flowers, and branches add colour, texture, and beauty to any room.

From succulents to potted trees, there's a plant for everyone. Before choosing, consider your living space. Before making a purchase, consider how much care each type of plant needs. Place them strategically so they become part of the decor while providing oxygen.

Adding faux foliage brings life to any area without the need for maintenance or upkeep.

Tip 2: Use fresh, neutral colours.
Fresh colours can energise a room quickly. Bold colours add personality to drab spaces.

What colours inspire you?

Linen and white neutrals can also brighten your space. Whites and linens never date and make spaces look lovely.

If you love colour but aren't sure which to choose, choose a few accent pieces. Pillows, rugs, artwork, and window treatments can transform a room. If you're feeling adventurous, try complementary paint tones and changing a wall colour. For a softer look, try muted pastels. They are currently popular.

Tip 3: Stripes add visual interest.
Stripes add dimension and texture without overwhelming a space with patterns or colours. Striped pillows, rugs, curtains, or wall coverings brighten any room. Mixing vertical and horizontal stripes creates visual depth and makes the space more interesting.

Tip 4: Invest in textured materials and accessories.

Summer is a great time to spruce up your home with new décor, especially with all the Christmas sales at the end of November and beginning of December. Textiles are a simple way to update a room's look. Choose summery cushions or bright throw pillows and blankets for the living room or bathroom. Accessories like candles, earthen vessels, or platters with your shell collection or latest interest can add character and depth to different rooms in your home.

Tip 5: Clean windows
Taking care of the windows is one of the easiest ways to make a home look beautiful and the rooms appear more open and airy. Window cleaning is a must!

Remove any window treatments or hardware that might prevent a thorough cleaning. Don't forget the screens! Clean screens improve airflow and fresh air intake. Sometimes this requires removing them and scrubbing them with a hose and broom on the concrete, or if they aren't too dusty, a wet cloth should do the trick. Check the instructions before cleaning curtains or blinds.

Tip 6: Refresh your alfresco and yard.
Prepare your outdoor space for summer activities and entertaining. Floor and wall pressure washing will brighten and clean the space. If you're handy, painting one of the walls or posts could make a big difference.

Bright cushions and fairy lights can transform a dull corner of your alfresco or yard. Put fairy lights in a vase for outdoor dining or seating. Invest in a timer so you don't have to think about it. It will look great and make you feel festive every evening.

In the summer, mix styles and colours. Create an environment that reflects your personality and makes you happy. These tips will help your home look its best this summer, whether you make small changes or a complete renovation.

Now that we've covered our top 6 summer décor tips, it's time to get started.