With each season, we desire different things from our home. During autumn and winter, our houses become our havens. They are where we shelter from the storm, and as such, we turn them into places of comfort. We stock up on thick blankets and surround ourselves with candles. Never has this been truer than the past year, when the Danish tradition of Hygge took us all by storm. But, as the days get longer, those comforts fail to suit. Summer brings with it the desire for change. We crave less clutter and more space. More than anything, we want to freshen. Here are a few ideas about how to get that summer feeling in your house.
CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN
There’s good reason we’re all keen on the spring clean. It’s the perfect time to clean out the cobwebs. There’s no better way to freshen than to get stuck in. Think about those cleaning jobs you don’t often undertake. This is your chance to, quite literally, clean out your clutter. Don’t hesitate to be brutal about getting rid of every remnant of winter. Put your blankets in the attic until next year. Replace those winter candles with a few fresh summer scents. Then, turn your attention to dusting, washing, and brightening the place.
A FRESH PAIR OF EYES
It can be hard to freshen your house when you’re looking through eyes that have seen it during winter. It might be worth bringing in professionals, like some luxury interior designers. A fresh pair of eyes may be the only way to freshen properly. This outside influence will work with you to create a better space than you would be able to achieve alone. Not only will they have fresh eyes, but they’ll also have fresh ideas to work with.
KEEP IT NEUTRAL
Many of us also turn our hands to redecoration in spring. Of course, it isn’t practical to redecorate with every change of season, but it can’t hurt if you haven’t done it in a while. In keeping with your fresh theme, aim for neutral colours. Whites and beiges have a real freshening effect. They will help to turn your home into the blank canvas you desire. The good news is, these colours work to keep things fresh all year. Beige may be better for this, as it still offers a comforting glow on dark evenings. But, even white can work in winter if you have the know how.
GREEN GOES FAR
Greenery is appearing fast outside our windows. There’s no better way to invite the season than to incorporate it in your home. Houseplants are a fantastic way to lift your house. They offer a much-needed pop of colour. They also add to the summer feeling you’re trying to create. If you avoid houseplants because you struggle to keep them alive, opt for a cactus. Something would have to go seriously wrong to kill one of these guys. And, why should you go without because you don’t have green fingers?