We’re finally experiencing the best of spring weather, and before we know it, summer will be in full swing. Barbeques, festivals, garden parties and days out at the seaside are some of our favourite things about this time of year – but what do they all have in common? All of our favourite things about spring and summer tend to happen outdoors. It’s this time of year that the windows stay open and we live as much of our life outdoors as we possibly can.
To keep that feeling of long summer weekend days flowing throughout the work week and even into the evenings, you could try switching up your décor. By choosing the right colours, styles and other design elements, you can easily reflect what’s happening outside on the inside! In our blog, we’ll share some helpful tips on how to create a summery style to your living area so you can enjoy the feeling of being outdoors in the summer even when you’re inside.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to bring the outdoors in is to invest a few plants to keep in your living areas. Succulents and cacti make an excellent addition to any living space, and it helps that they’re hardy and don’t require a great amount of care, which is ideal for people who aren't used to having houseplants. They also make an excellent conversation piece!
Don’t just stop at plants though – bringing in a few potted flowers will instantly give your living area the feeling of a beautiful English garden. A few varieties of flower that do well indoors include orchids, begonias, violets, jasmine, geraniums and tropical guzmania. They’re also a fantastic way to add a lovely scent to the home.
Incorporating a few prints into the home is another excellent way to make the inside feel more outdoorsy. Rugs, cushions, throws and wallpaper are just a few places you can work in a nice summery print.
Any print that incorporates florals, tropical leaves, birds or insects is a great place to start. These prints are often bold, cheerful and colourful, which is exactly what you’re looking for to make a summer-time statement.
Colours also play a very important part in giving your living spaces a summer feel. Opt for colours from the warmer end of the spectrum, such as reds, yellows and oranges. Green is another excellent colour to incorporate, as it is the colour of fresh cut summer grass and foliage on trees.
If you don’t want to commit to painting your walls in any of these colours, you can still use accessories to pull in these colours. This is another area where rugs and cushions allow the perfect opportunity and can help you make a bright and bold statement by adding a splash of colour. Other accessories such as candles, vases and abstract art prints are also very helpful for bringing a little more summer colour into a room.
Nothing says summer like golden sunshine streaming in through an open window. And for this next tip – that’s the best place to start. Opening your windows not only allows plenty of light to fill your living space, but it also treats your senses to the sounds and smells of the outdoors, such as birds singing and the scent of blossoms in your flower box.
Throwing back the curtains, or switching them out for lighter summer options is another great way to allow more light into your home during the summer months. Dark and heavy winter curtains can make a room feel very dark, which is the opposite of the feeling you want to create when trying to bring the outdoors in.
What better way to bring the outdoors in than to capture it on your wall? Landscapes of just about any variety not only create a beautiful focal point on the wall, but they showcase the beauty of nature inside. Whether it’s a panoramic view of a mountain range, blossoming lavender fields in Provence or something a little more tropical, adding a landscape painting or photograph to your living space will immediately bring the outdoors in.