Article by Jennifer Adams
Summer is here! We’re lathering up in sunscreen and taking
to the outdoors, eating a little lighter, planning our exercise and gardening
for early in the day and drinking lots of water.
Prep your house for summer, too. Here are some other quick,
easy ideas that will help transform your house from winter warmth to fresh,
cool and casual for summer.
Use slipcovers over furniture for a fresh look.
in light colors transform a formal, dark colored sticky leather or scratchy
wool covered sofa or chair into a much more comfortable perch. Cotton and linen
are ideal. This casual draped look from Pottery Barn is washable and light in a
soft cotton twill.
Change out your towels, throw pillows and blankets to lighter colors,
bright patterns and comfortable fabrics.
Also, as you remove blankets
from your bed, add a lightweight coverlet or bedspread instead of heavy or
textured ones. Cool colors work well for summer. Light grays, pale yellows,
blues and greens with ivory and white are refreshing and inviting.
Remove heavy drapery panels at windows, leaving just the sheers or
blinds for a light, airy look.
Store until the fall, and get the drapes
cleaned right before you want to rehang them for a renewed and freshly pressed
Change out plush area rugs for flat weave ones in lighter colors.
Sisal, jute and coir rugs look summery and feel great underfoot. Consider
getting your area rugs cleaned, too.
edit knick knacks, take out those extra magazines
that have been accumulating for a while. Remove dried flowers and wreaths,
especially if they’re dusty.
What’s your favorite way to prepare for summer? Let us know!
Labels: seasonal decorating, summer color, summer decor, summer decorating ideas, summer furniture