Spring and Summer is the perfect season for refreshing your home’s interior. Whether you are focused on updating a single room or want to give your entire home a bright summer makeover, Integrity New Homes has the tips and tricks you need to create a stylish look. There are of course, many things you can do, but here are just 6 of our favourites, our easy fix tips...
Tip 1: Add a Plant - Bring in the Outdoors
If you're looking for an easy way to spruce up your living space this summer, adding a plant can make all the difference. Plants are a great addition to any home interior and bring a touch of nature indoors. Not only do plants look attractive and can be used as statement pieces within a room, but they also have health benefits.
Research has found that the presence of plants in our homes has been linked with improved air quality, increased productivity, and even reduced stress levels! Adding natural elements like plants, flowers, and branches is almost an effortless way to add colour, texture, and beauty to any room.
Plants come in all shapes and sizes so there is something for everyone - from small succulents to large potted trees. Consider what size you need to fit into your living space before making your final selection. You should also think about how much maintenance each type of plant requires before making your purchase - some plants need more care than others! Place them strategically around the room so they become part of the decor while providing essential oxygen into your home.
If you don’t have access to outdoor plant life, or don’t have the “green thumb” you wish you had, adding faux foliage brings life into any area without having to worry about maintenance or upkeep. Some of the options of artificial plants that are available now look very real.
Tip 2: Incorporate Fresh Colours or Introduce a Neutral Colour Scheme
One of the easiest ways to instantly energize any room is by incorporating fresh colours. Bold shades add life and can revive drab surroundings with a pop of personality.
What colours spark joy for you?
Neutral shades of linen and whites can also create a bright and fresh look to your space. Whites and linens never date, they always look good, and they always make the spaces look lovely.
But if you love colour and are not sure which colours to choose, why not start by selecting one or two accent pieces that draw you. From pillows and rugs to artwork and window treatments - these small additions can make all the difference to a room’s ambiance. If you're feeling extra adventurous, try introducing complementary paint tones and change up the wall colour somewhere in your home. Or if you're looking for something more subtle, consider muted pastels for a softer approach. Also, a huge trend right now.
Tip 3: Use Stripes for Visual Interest
Stripes are an easy way to add dimension and texture into your space without overwhelming it with too many patterns or colours. For an eye-catching look, look for striped pillows, rugs, curtains, or wall coverings that will instantly liven up any room. You can even go a step further by mixing two different types of stripes – like bold vertical lines combined with delicate horizontal ones – which will create visual depth and make the space more interesting.
Tip 4: Invest in Textured Materials and Accessories
Summer is a great time to freshen up your home with new décor, especially with all the Christmas sales that happen at the end of November and start of December; whether you’re looking for a complete makeover or just want to casually spruce up the space. Textiles are an easy way to update the look of any given room without having to put too much effort into it. Choose some summery cushions or bright patterned throw pillows and blankets for the living area or add some fresh coloured towels in the bathroom. Accessories such as candles, nice earthen vessels, or platters with your shell collection or latest interest, whatever that may be, can also be used to bring in more character and depth throughout different rooms of your house - pieces that reflect your own style!
Tip 5: Clean the Windows
One of the easiest and most effective ways to make a home feel beautiful and the rooms appear more open and airier is to take care of the windows. Clean windows are a must we would have to say!
Start by taking off any window treatments or hardware that might be preventing you from getting in deep with a good cleaning. Give them a good scrub and don't forget the screens. When the screens are clean, you are far more likely to get better airflow and breath in fresh air. Sometimes this requires removing them and giving them a good scrub with a hose and broom on the concrete, or if they aren't too dusty, just a simple wipe down each side with a wet cloth should bring them up nicely. If the curtains or blinds need cleaning, check the instructions before proceeding. You will enjoy the product, even if the process is annoying ;)
Tip 6: Freshen up your alfresco area and yard
Why not freshen up your outdoor area and yard ready for the summer activities and entertaining. Pressure washing the floor and walls will brighten the space and make it feel clean and inviting. If you are a bit of a handyman, a quick coat of paint might even make a huge difference to one of the walls, or the posts.
By incorporating a few accessories such as bright cushions and some fairy lights you can completely transform an otherwise dull corner of your alfresco or yard into a vibrant one. Put fairy lights inside one of your glass vases for an ambient touch to the outdoor dining or seating. Invest in a timer that comes on and turns off when it's wanted, so that you don't have to even think about it... and it will just look great and make you feel festive every evening.
When it comes to styling for the summer months, don’t be afraid to mix styles or experiment with colour combinations. The key is to create an atmosphere that reflects your personality and makes you feel relaxed and content. Whether you choose to make a small change or go all out with a complete renovation, these tips will ensure that your home looks its best this summer.
Now that we’ve gone over our top 6 styling tips for summertime décor, it’s time to get started on creating the perfect look for your home.