Finally, summer is here. It’s time to celebrate, and make the most of it — and that includes breathing new life into stale interiors. With a few adjustments and well thought-out purchases, you can ensure your home is bright and fun, and captures the very essence of summer. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Vivid, “Fruity” Colors Are In
The Associated Press imaginatively and aptly describes summer as “the season when oranges are transformed into ice pops, limes add zing to slushies, peaches become pies, and berries take over nearly every dessert.” Interior designers not only agree, they are running with the idea. Homeowners are favoring furnishings, accents, and window treatments (e.g., curtains and window shades) painted radiant, fruit-inspired colors. The bold colors work well with neutral wall colors, like white and gray. It’s the perfect way to add a pop of color, and bright shades can easily be swapped out for more appropriate colors in the fall and winter seasons.
Let The Sunshine In
Are new curtains, vertical blinds, or plantation shutters in your near future? First and most importantly, don’t feel shy about investing in new window treatments for your home. It’s a popular choice — one that 29.8 million Americans made in 2014. Second, don’t limit your options.
Plantation shutters are rapidly gaining ground, and with good reason: they’re stylish and functional. They can last between 10 and 20 years. Shutters are available in fixed or adjustable varieties, and even fixed louver shutters remain 25% open, letting in plenty of light. Solid color shutters, on the other hand, can be closed to block out light entirely while family or guests sleep.
With a few touches here and there, you can completely transform the interior of your home for the summer. Purchase fruit-colored furniture and accents for a pop of color, and install shutters for a versatile and functional way to let the sun in.