9 ways to style your home for summer

Summer is here and that means many homeowners are thinking about ways to redecorate. If you want to give your living room, kitchen, bedroom or any other part of the house more of the warm and breezy vibe that comes with the season, there are plenty of changes you can make – both big and small.

That includes the following examples:

1) Swap out the covers

Throughout the winter and into spring, colder nights require heavier blankets. Of course, that’s not the case in the summer, so if you’re putting the winter duvet away and taking the quilt off the back of your couch, you should replace them with something light and colourful so you still have a little functionality in your decorating while also livening up the room.

2) Brighten up the bathroom

Another space people may not consider as somewhere they need to make things feel a little more summery is the bathroom. Adding in brightly coloured decorations – as simple as soaps or candles – and perhaps hanging a new shower curtain with natural themes like birds or flowers can be a great decision to help the whole house feel more prepared for the season.

A brighter bathroom is an overlooked summer redesign.

3) Head to the patio

If you’ve got a spacious back yard with plenty of room to entertain, it’s important to style it well. That should, of course, include making sure you have ample comfortable furniture for all your intended guests, but also putting out indoor/outdoor rugs to make concrete or wooden porches a little more homey, as well as hanging fun lighting so you can easily transition from day to night entertainment.

Make your patio more beautiful this summer.

4) Make more use of your floor space

If your home has some empty space to fill – especially one that gets a lot of sun in the summer – one thing you might consider adding is a small area with cushions and a nice rug where pets, kids and guests alike can hang out, read a book, talk and more. All too often, homeowners make the mistake of doing these kinds of things in secluded areas like studies, or in front of televisions that can be a big distraction. Creating a no-screen zone with some extra floor space is a great idea with summer approaching.

5) Splash around some colour

More generally, you should seek to ensure every room of your home is as bright and colourful as you can throughout the summer, adding pastels and other light shades to your coffee table and kitchen island – and everything in between. These can come in the form of new wall hangings, decorative pieces and so on, but the goal should be to make sure every room of the house is bright and beautiful.

6) Change the look around your windows

When you’re dressing up every room, it’s important to get as much out of that great summer sun as you can. Swap out big, heavy window curtains for light, sheer ones that will let the sunlight through even if they’re partially closed. There are plenty of colour varieties for these kinds of curtains, and they’re usually quite easy to hang up.

Airy, sheer curtains will brighten any room.

7) Repaint whatever you like

If you’ve been thinking about repainting one or more rooms of your home for a while now, summer is the perfect time to do it. Whether you handle it yourself or hire a professional, choosing a colour that speaks to the season is a great way to make a home feel brighter overall. Just remember that summer won’t last forever, so you don’t want to pick something that seems great at the time but doesn’t really work in other seasons.

8) Bring in plants – either real or fake

Since summer is all about sunlight and warmth, adding some potted plants throughout your home is a great way to beautify every room – even the bathroom, if it’s bright enough – and make your home feel more alive. You can choose small flowering plants or big trees, whatever you have room for and suits your taste, but a little greenery of any kind will really create a vibrancy your house might currently lack.

If you don’t want the responsibility of caring for all those plants at once, there are plenty of beautiful fake ones you can buy. But if you do go with live plants, you’ll get an added bonus: They help purify the air in your home.

House plants make any space feel more vibrant.

9) Don’t forget the exterior

What better way to greet guests to your home than with a fresh coat of paint on your front door, window trim or the entire exterior of your home? A quick touch-up, or a power washing for homes with vinyl siding, can go a long way, as can planting flowers or trees throughout your front and back yard.


Whether you’re fully settled into your newly redecorated home in Melbourne or you’re looking to sell in the near future, the team of experts at a nearby Nelson Alexander office are there to meet your needs.

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