The look and feel of summer is possible in your home regardless of what time of year it is. A brighter and more comfortable space can help you be a happier and more productive person. Here are some design tips for brightening up your home or office space.
Add plants for instant summer
Plants can help make a space feel more clean and airy because you are bringing a little bit of the outdoors inside with you. This is especially true if you have plants that flower during the darkest months of winter. Amaryllis, for example, are a great choice as they can be planted in a small pot and add a lot of color. Orchids come in many colors but are a bit harder to grow than amaryllis. African violets are a good choice for shady places in rooms such as the bathroom.
A gallon of paint can go a long way if you are trying to brighten up a room. You don’t have to paint all your walls bright, but painting one wall a bright and exciting color can make a room seem more open and cheery. If you get tired of the color, you can always repaint the wall with just a little effort.
Sometimes, it is helpful to think of windows as pictures. Just as a picture can have a beautiful frame, so can windows have fantastic drapery and super cute, super cool, and super cheap shutters. This also makes your space more energy efficient, so you save money on your heating and cooling costs. Drapery and shutters come in many different colors to fit your unique vision of great summer style.
Bright patterns add life to a room. Accent pillows, duvets, and carpets are all great methods of adding bright patterns. The best thing about this is that you can change the look of a room quickly. For example, one week you could have bright teal pillows on a paisley-patterned duvet cover. Small carpets are inexpensive and are made with materials such as seagrass and sisal for a summer feel. These materials don’t catch as much dirt and debris as long fiber carpets.
Add flowing fabrics such as tapestries, or consider a bed canopy
A bed canopy made out of mesh, and netting can add a tropical and summer note to a bedroom. Tapestries used for curtains or room dividers can also be an easy and inexpensive touch.
Used furniture and rummage stores are fantastic resources for those looking for inexpensive ways to redecorate. An old end table can be repainted in a bright summer color, or you might find different colors of vases for displaying fresh cut flowers. Creating décor yourself is one way to truly make your space unique and recycle items that otherwise might be just thrown away.
Let your creativity guide you
Your home should reflect what makes you happy. Summer is a time of happiness and tossing worries to the side. Let your own creativity shine through and you will have a great summer-inspired look in your home or business.