Surefire ways to brighten up your home – and your life

Surefire ways to brighten up your home – and your life

Summer’s here and the sun is shining but, let’s be honest…does your home look just a little bit shabby?

The bright light can really magnify every imperfection – but don’t panic! You can create the right ‘feel quickly.- with a bit of creativity.

And when your home looks and functions better, you do too – so it’s well worth giving it a quick overhaul.

Create the right ‘feel’ without breaking the bank

Your first priority is to get everything fresh, bright and clean by making the space right and, yes, losing the clutter!   

Rearrange your furniture 

It’s amazing what a quick change around of your furniture can achieve – and there’s a lot to be said for a little Feng Shui. Try to think about how the light works in your rooms in different seasons and find ways to maximise it, wherever you can. 

Now is not the time to think ‘cosy’ after all – create clear paths through your rooms to allow views of the outside.  Perhaps in winter you moved your sofas in around the fireplace – now push them back for a sense of movement and space.. 

Open the windows to get some fresh air  – and give them a clean inside and out so they let in every ray of sunshine.

Invest in a great rug

Is your floor covering looking a bit tired and does it drain the light from your room now the weather’s warmer? In that case, it’s important to think about how to choose a rug ito resolve that.

If you invest in something bold and colorful, it can transform your space with the minimum of effort. Because it’s just one key piece, it shouldn’t break the bank – and you’ll definitely get a lot of brightness for your buck!  

So why not take a look at current interior design trends for this year and get inspiration.

Paint your walls

If you give your walls a quick repaint it can really lift and change the feeling of your space for the season.  But if you really don’t have time to do this, creating a feature wall can be equally transformative. 

Choose a lovely sunny colour like yellow or orange or something fresh and crisp like pale blue or green. Or you could hang some beautiful wallpaper on one wall – maybe even a hanging – it will freshen the room and give it some focus..  

Dye your curtains

Have you got an old pair of curtains in a neutral shade or ones you stopped using because they got faded? Why not dye them a lovely fresh color to give your whole room an instant lift and glow? 

It’s easy, quick and effective and dyes are readily available in any DIY store or supermarket nowadays.  And you just pop the mix straight into your washing machine, along with the curtains; it’s so easy to do – why not give it a go?

We hope this has given you a few good ideas for freshening up your home this summer – and improving your life.  With a little bit of knowhow and a lot of imagination you really can make your home shine – just like the season.

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