Summer is just around the corner! Make the most of the season by bringing the brighter light into your home and blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. These simple tips will help you enhance summer’s extended daylight and create the perfect summer retreat.
Windows are the primary source of natural light for your home so make sure they’re letting in as much of summer’s extended light as possible. Clean them regularly on both the inside and outside and move away from windows anything that could block beautiful sunlight from entering your home. This could include trimming shrubs and pruning trees, as well as moving indoor furniture.
Choose Seasonal Options
Neutral colors are perfect for summer decor but don’t be shy about adding pops of “summer colors” through slipcovers and decor items to bring an uplift to your space. Adding bright cozy summer-weight throws and pillows will do the same. Create a routine of opening your blinds or drapes first thing in the morning and make sure to decorate with light colored or shear drapes.
Magnify the Benefits of Extended Natural Light
Reflect Light with Mirrors
Mirrors are one of the easiest ways to magnify the benefits of natural light, so strategically placed mirrors around your home where natural light can bounce off of them is a smart move. The best place to put mirrors is on east and west facing walls within range of sunlight coming from your windows. This means sunlight will be lighting up the mirror for a good portion of the day, bouncing light into the room. Another option is to hang them directly opposite a window so the natural light is indirectly reflected throughout the room. It’s like adding another window.
Once you’ve maximized the amount of natural light in your home, the next step is to add chandeliers, pendants, and lamps wherever a room needs it to create a high level of cheerful ambient light. Floor lamps, table lamps and task lighting are great options because they’re easy to place and move around a room. Chandeliers and pendants are stationery but important too as they add light near the ceiling, which reflects down into the room.
This year brings a move from grays into blues and greens for summer. While classic whites and neutrals continue to be top choices, these additional hue groups have transitioned to use as neutrals in an expanded color space. Green will always be a top pick, but blue is considered the official color of summer for 2022. It is an adaptable hue that every space can include, being an easy color to pull in, and almost everyone loves some aspect of the color.
Extend Your Living Space
The indoor-outdoor trend continues gaining momentum this summer. It’s the perfect time to time to blur the lines, creating a seamless experience. For interior rooms, clean and declutter while rearranging seating to focus on embracing exterior views. Bring nature inside through plants and greenery, and add reflective and light colored surfaces to add more lift. Another strong trend for this summer is incorporating sculptural and art-inspired pieces. End tables and coffee tables are a big part of this trend.
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