With summer in full swing, it is the perfect time of year to give your home a freshen up. With just a few quick changes, your home will feel like your very own holiday retreat.

1. Re-arrange your art.

It’s easy to become blind to your pictures and paintings when they’ve been hanging in the same place for a while. By moving your art to a different room, you will see them afresh, making it feel like you’ve added something new to your home.

2. Extend your living room into the garden.

By adding cosy throws, cushions and a stylish indoor/ outdoor rug to your patio or balcony, you can make even the most simple furniture feel like a luxury outdoor living space. And as the sun sets, switching on some outdoor lights will extend any party long into the night.

Products above: Robin Day Polo Skid Chair- Blue - £99, Bonnie Glass Box Lantern - Silver - £29, Harewood Rug - Cream - £19

3. Go dramatic with lighting.

With longer, lighter evenings, we all tend to use our lighting less – but that doesn’t mean we should forget about it. An eye-catching light fitting is a great way to transform a space, and, when those autumn nights start drawing in, can be put to practical use. 

Products above: Dylan 7 Light Pendant Light - £95, Juniper Curved Glass Pendant Light - £59, Harrison Large Floor Lamp - Oatmeal - £99

4. Give your room a lick of paint.

With the sun shining, those knocks, scrapes and greasy finger marks will become much more obvious. Make use of the long evenings by breaking out the paint brushes to freshen up your space.

5. Give your little ones new, tidier responsibilities.

 

With the kids on their summer holidays, mess and clutter suddenly feels like it's taking over. By treating them to a new set of bedroom drawers, or storage boxes, you can set them some tidying tasks. This is a great way to teach those who, in six short weeks will be in ‘big school’, grown up responsibilities.

Products above: Tilly Bunk Bed - White - £399, Tilly Bunk Bed Drawers - White - £105, Nantucket Double Wardrobe - £259, Quinn Small Study Set - Oak - £135

6. Refresh your windows.

Whether you go for a bold pattern or a warm wood, a new set of blinds will bring a new lease of life to your room. Combining style with practicality, our patterned blackout blind will ensure lazy summer lie-ins and will help to keep your bedroom cool.

Products above: Ready Made Blackout Roller Blind - Plum - From £9, Suba Ready Made Blackout Roller Blind - Blue - From £16, Ready Made Faux Wood Venetian Blind - Walnut - From £35

7. Bring the outdoors in.

Flowers, plants, cactuses, grasses – whatever your taste, bring it inside. The pops of pink, green or yellow that plants and flowers bring will make your home feel fun and fresh, and we all know, there’s no better smell than a bunch of fresh flowers.

8. Create a new centre-piece by adding a rug.

A new rug is a great way to vamp up your existing living room style. For a pulled-together look, choose a rug that incorporates the main colours from your decor. Take a good look around your room and pick out the colours from your favourite items, pictures or cushions.

Products above: Marakesh Rug - Blue & White - From £55, Sasha Rug - Plum - From £45, Cabone Rug - Yellow - From £45

9. Splash out on a new shower.

With the long hot days, and the frequent stuffy nights, there’s no better feeling than taking a relaxing rinse in the shower. A rainfall shower has a great, natural feel, and will also give your bathroom a modern feel.

 Products above: Cascade Thermostatic Shower Set - £109, Madison Square Shower Handset - £35

10. Mix the pretty with the practical.

It’s easy to assume that by adding pretty little knick-knacks to your home, it will look cluttered, but by opting for storage that offers a perching place for both your TV and ornaments, you can create a practical, yet stylish space.

 Products above: Quinn Entertainment Unit - Oak - £85Eton TV Stand - £249Savannah Box TV Stand - £159.

For more of our fabulously summery home furniture, check out our Summer Furniture Edit.

*Prices correct at time of publishing. Prices subject to change.