10 Tips for Updating Your Home This Summer

10 Tips for Updating Your Home This Summer

Summer is an amazing time of the year. The sun is out, and this calls for some cold drinks and summer clothes. It’s time to have a little fun.

You probably want to have some friends over for a pool party or an evening cocktail, but your home does not have the summer feel quite yet. It’s time to give your home an upgrade. Try these ten tips to leave your friends in absolute awe.

1. Add new Lighting to your Home

Proper lighting can truly bring a room to life.  A poorly lit room looks small, dark and cramped, while a brightly lit room appears open, airy and welcoming. Strategically place a couple of tall floor lamps in dark corners and watch your room come alive. Layer this lighting with lamps on side tables, making the room feel welcoming and cosy.  Then, if you want to get adventurous, you can replace all those dated ceiling fixtures with the stunning modern masterpieces that are available on the market.

2. Renting furniture from a Rental Company

Furniture is often described as the heart of a room. It stands out, and it can make the difference between a dull room and a lively room. Hence when refurbishing your home for the summer, the furniture change is a big part of that process.

When renovating your home for summer purposes, you probably want new furniture and fittings for a short period. Buying new furniture can be unrealistic in terms of finances and storage space. It’s more practical to rent from a company with a large range of fashionable furniture, homeware and finishing-touch accessories.

If you are unsure of how to pick the best rental company, look for one with extensive experience in furniture rentals, interior decoration, property styling and home staging.

3. Cabinetry: Update Drawer Pulls and Door Handles

Nothing dates your kitchen and bathrooms more than old-fashioned, worn and dirty handle pulls and knobs. Updating all your cabinet and door handles is simple to do, and there are so many ways to update your cabinetry.

There are numerous finishes to choose from such as bronze, brushed nickel, aged copper, and shiny stainless.  With so many modern choices on the market, it may be hard to decide what best suits your home.

4. Update Window Treatments

Windows seem to be overlooked a lot of the time. Homeowners struggle to decide what style would suit the room best, leading them to give up and leave the windows bare or just install simple blinds for privacy. You can go bold and graphic with geometric curtain panels, or beachy with gauzy white sheers, or minimalist with bamboo shades, the options are endless. Sometimes the easiest option is to simply match curtain panels to the colour of your walls, doing this creates a look that goes with any style.

5. Create An Outdoor Room

You can create an amazing outdoor space by starting with an outdoor rug to define a “room” outdoors. Then add a couple of comfortable outdoor chairs and throw cushions, a small fire pit, and some dangling string lights—you have an added a new “room” to your home. If you want to get fancier, you could put down some brick pavers or flagstones, then layer it with the outdoor rugs, chairs.

6. Add Easy to Install (And Remove) Wallpaper

New lines of removable wallpaper come in fabulous patterns and graphics that will make your room look like you hired an interior designer (and spent a fortune). These wallpapers are easily removed by just peeling them off (without harm to the wall underneath), and most can be reused.

For an easy weekend project, consider covering the main wall of your bedroom with a peaceful pattern, or consider a living room update by covering one wall with a funky geometric patterned paper. There are rental companies where this beautiful wallpaper can be purchased.

7. Spruce-Up Your Bathroom

Bathrooms get dirty and dingy quite quickly. Begin a bathroom overhaul with a thorough cleaning. Yes, not a lot of fun, but the shiny result will give you new motivation to spruce-up the rest of the bathroom.

Once the room is clean, think about your knobs, light fixtures, vanity, faucets, and shower curtains. By just changing out one or two of the most outdated items, you can make your bathroom look modern and new. A coat of paint can go far in a bathroom, as well.

8. Landscape Your Yard

Landscaping often overlooked.  We plant one or two trees and assume we are done. However, curb appeal is significantly affected by the design of your landscaping.

It is best to start slowly by adding a couple flowering shrubs to your front yard, and then add a small raised bed around a walkway or front door. Remember to layer the heights of plants with the tallest in the back, and read the planting directions for spacing and projected heights. With time and patience, you will have a beautifully landscaped yard.

9. Install a Skylight

Make the most of the summer sun with a skylight. It’s a drastic renovation option and will have an equally radical effect on your home décor. In addition to warming your room with natural light, it offers an indoor space for stargazing on clear summer nights. This isn’t a project to take lightly, so make sure it’s done by a professional. Chopping off sections of your roof and replacing them with glass is not a task for amateur DIY enthusiasts. Professional installation ensures safety, prevents leaks, abides by insurance terms, and avoids potentially lethal accidents.

10. When in Doubt Just Clean and Paint

It seems obvious, but a clean coat of paint can take a room from drab to fab. Consider adding a punch of colour on an accent wall, or just touch up your trim with a clean coat of white paint. If your home already has a fresh coat of paint, then look to other things that could use a touch-up.  Maybe paint your ceiling a cool blue, or bring new life to an outdated piece of furniture with a fresh coat of paint.

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