Summer is just around the corner, so there’s no time to waste if you want to get your home ready for the warmer part of the year. Besides the usual cleaning, decluttering and reorganizing, this is also a great opportunity for giving your space a much-needed makeover. A few small changes will make space more visually appealing while investing in a couple of renovation projects will improve your lifestyle by miles. Here are some ideas to help you get started for summer renovation.
Organize the space for summer
While it’s not the most fun or most visible kind of makeover you can give to your home, reorganizing the space to better fit your summer needs can have a great impact. Start by putting away everything you don’t use during the summer. Warm blankets and winter clothes should be stored away to give room to your summer wardrobe, while your extensive mug collection should be swapped for stylish lemonade jars. Devote some time to going through your garage or shed, too. Make sure that frequently used items are in easily accessible spaces to make maintaining your garden more convenient.
Refresh your living room for summer
After a long winter, your living room might feel boring. It’s a good idea to refresh the design a bit and bring in bright energy for the warm months ahead. Start with your seating area. Swap your old throws and pillows for colourful pieces to make the room feel more lively. You can also simply look for eye-catching pillow covers, and you won’t even have to get new throw pillows. Clear the surfaces to make the space cleaner and airier. Add just a few impactful décor pieces for a fresh summer interior: a vase with fresh-cut flowers and a statement art piece should bring the design together!
Give new life to old furniture for summer
As the warm weather arrives, it becomes easier to tackle some DIY projects. If you’ve been eyeing your old cabinets, coffee table, or chest of drawers all winter, maybe it’s time to breathe some new life into them. Refinishing old furniture can make them look brand new, and you can change up their look however you want to add a new twist to your interior design. Painting your kitchen cabinets to a light shade can elevate your kitchen and make it look more spacious.
Give your exterior a pick-me-up
At the end of the winter, you might notice that the exterior of your home does not shine as brightly as it used to. To get your property ready for the summer, you should give it a pick-me-up. Maybe all it needs is a good cleaning: power wash your walls to get rid of dirt and reveal the original colour of the exterior paint. However, if your exterior has seen better days, you can use the incoming warm days to give it a fresh coat of paint. Repainting your exterior walls is undeniably a lot of work. However, a job well done can make your property look much newer and add a layer of protection to the house!
Create an outdoor living area for summer
Bringing the outdoors might be one of the catchphrases of interior design today, but so is taking the indoors out. When the weather is agreeable, we naturally want to spend time outdoors. Make sure you can do so comfortably with a few backyard upgrades. If you don’t have an outdoor living space yet, then setting up a perfect deck for outdoor entertainment should be a priority. Equip this space with comfortable seating, such as wicker furniture with removable cushions, and it will become your favourite spot in your home to lounge, read, or entertain guests.
Improve your landscaping
As you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, it’s a good idea to give a makeover to your landscaping, as well. You will feel more pleasant in your yard with a healthy green lawn and lush but organized greenery. Remove overgrown foliage, plant new annuals, and give some care to your old plants. If you have space, you can even start a small vegetable garden and get even more out of your outdoor space. It’s still not too late to pick up a few tomato seedlings for the summer!
Install a swimming pool
For the majority of the world, our backyards are still going to be our holiday destinations this year. However, your backyard can become a perfect place to wind down during hot summer days with an upgrade such as a swimming pool. You don’t necessarily need to have a huge yard to reap the benefits of such an amenity. Seek out swimming pool builders and come up with the right size and shape for your particular space. A swimming pool requires a lot of maintenance, but it’s invaluable during scorching summer days. If you have children, they will love it too!
Set up a BBQ
Summer is for fun get-togethers, and what can make those even better? Food, of course. You can turn your backyard into your friends’ favourite hangout spot by accommodating it for outdoor cooking. If you already have a BBQ, then all you need to do is give it a good, thorough cleaning to make sure it’s ready for the coming season. However, if you are yet to turn your space into an outdoor kitchen, then you have several options to choose from. A moveable BBQ is a simple solution, and you can bring it anytime you want. However, if you want to give a makeover to your landscaping, you can consider incorporating a fire pit in the design, too.
Construct a pergola
If you already have a seating area, all you need to make it even more functional is installing sun protection. However, you should forget about cheap-looking parasols that can’t take a gust of wind. Think about more stylish choices and see what would fit into your space in terms of looks. For instance, consider constructing a beautiful pergola: it casts just the right amount of light shade for you to be able to enjoy your time outdoors, and it can become a focal point in your yard.
Now is the perfect time to give your indoor and outdoor spaces a makeover to be able to fully enjoy them when the summer arrives. Use some of these ideas and take your home to the next level!
Alison Pearson is an interior design student. She is a writer and designer. Her ultimate passion is designing. She is a bibliophile and her favorite book is “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner.