4 Things to Try if Your Home Doesn’t Feel Summer-Ready
Home decor trends to try this summer -- because our living spaces deserve a refresh just as much as our closets and junk drawers do.
With the warmer months just around the corner, it only makes sense to switch things up to celebrate one of the best seasons of the year. Whether you have no idea where to start or looking for some fresh ideas, our guide has you covered.
1) Bring in some light
Sometimes the problem isn’t the space itself or what’s in it but simply a lack of proper lighting. Brightening up a dark area is a common challenge in home decor, but luckily we have a tip that also adds character to a space. Metallic wallpaper reflects light, giving the illusion of a bigger and brighter room. An abstract metallic wallpaper like Michelle’s Starburst or Jove is eye-catching enough to create an interesting accent wall with just enough reflective elements to bring in more light.
2) Have a drink (or just make a bar area)
Creating a space with intention and purpose will bring a restorative atmosphere to your home, similar to how we feel on vacation (and nothing says summer like a refreshing cocktail). This is especially useful in small spaces, allowing every inch of your home to be utilized. Choose a small corner of your kitchen or even the edge of a living room to be a designated drink station, complete with your choice of decorative glasses and lavish bottles. Add a bright, faux backsplash to the area to take make a statement. For the ability to switch it up from season to season, we suggest using a vibrant peel-and-stick design such as Spanish Tile 12 or Firecracker. Even if you’re not actively using this as a bar, its decorative presence is equally satisfying.
3) Take the outdoors in (to your bedroom)
Your bedroom should feel like your own safe haven, bringing you a sense of retreat. If this isn’t the case, you might try the usual swapping out bedding or getting a more comfortable mattress. But what if more nature-inspired elements were the solution you’ve been looking for? Updating your walls is a simple solution that can change the entire atmosphere. A grasscloth wallpaper or pattern printed on burlap like this Cactus Garden design will soften and calm your space with ease. This simple step will be a more soothing change than you think, as these materials naturally calm the mind.
4) Do more with less
Does your space feel cluttered? Do you feel overwhelmed by decorative items and colors that no longer fit your taste? Maximalism has its place, but your home might be begging for a refresh. Remember, summer is a time to revel in bright, airy spaces. Take this as a sign to give you and your home the decor therapy you both need. Instead of looking for things to add, consider taking a minimalist approach. Swapping out tired paints for a clean, neutral wallpaper will open up a space and enhance what’s already there. An off-white design like this Earthen 3 wallpaper or a slightly pink tone like Hourglass will instantly create that chic, modern look that’s been so trendy. (We’ll let you in on a little secret: wallpaper is an easy way to hide flaws and minor damage on surfaces.)