Summer is the time of year that we look forward to the most, with blue skies and hot temperatures getting us out of doors. You may need to prepare yourself for summer by getting a new pair of sunglasses or refreshing your warm weather wardrobe, and your home is no exception. Whether you live in an apartment or a big house, there are many ways you can bring summer indoors and prepare it for the months to come.
Here are some tips that range from small changes to larger ones to suit every budget, so you can feel cool and comfortable throughout the season.
Have working air conditioning
People wait for the hot weather of summer all year round, but it can sometimes become too hot to handle if you are living in a home that has bad air flow. Though it is a great idea to open as many doors as you can during the day, you will sometimes be letting in hot air that will make your living space even warmer. To make sure you sleep well at night and can find reprieve from the sun in the daytime, you should invest in an air conditioning unit. If you already have one, you can optimize its power by having AC maintenance carried out before the heat becomes too much.
Make the most of natural light
When it is colder, it can be easy to shy away from the sun as you cozy yourself indoors. However, this is certainly not the case in summer, when you want to soak up the sunlight as much as possible. The key to doing this is ensuring you have enough natural light flooding into your home so that the sun is with you from dawn till dusk. Replacing your windows with wider ones is the best idea, but also the most expensive. To save money and revamp your home for the season, introduce a lighter color palette into your interiors that will give the illusion of more light. Also effective is placing mirrors in strategic locations to reflect outside light into the darkest corners of your home.
Tidy your yard
You may be lucky enough to have a yard with your home, where you can spend time enjoying the sun. As it is somewhere that you, your family and guests will socialize often, it is wise to tidy it in the cooler weather and plant some brightly colored, tropical plants to replace those lost in the winter. You don’t have to be a gardener to make the most of your outdoor space.
Bring nature inside
Adding lively pops of color indoors is a great way to spruce up living space for summer. The cheapest way of doing this is to buy some vibrant potted plants to decorate your surfaces and windowsills. Not only will they look refreshing, but they will bring oxygen into your home to promote a healthy airflow.