Now that we're well and truly in the midst of spring, there's a good chance you've been looking around your home and thinking about chasing away some of those cold weather cobwebs. And, what better to do just that than by updating your home's décor?
If you're looking for a starting point for your refresh, look no further than your bedroom. Waking up in a fresh, inspiring space is a great way to start your day and it will put you in a positive mood to enjoy the sunny summer season. So, without further ado, here are my five favourite ways to give your bedroom a summer makeover.
Switch to summer bed linens
One of the first things you need to think about when going for a seasonal update is switching to lightweight bed linens, which is important for both stylish and practical reasons. Not only are these sheets essential for keeping you cool and comfy through the night, but if you choose bright patterns and colours, you can start to build that summer vibe from the focal point of your room.
Match your lighter duvet with a cover in a soft and breathable fabric like linen or cotton. And, be sure to pick out an attractive pattern — vivid florals and understated neutrals are both great choices that can add a summer feel to your bed. Remember to extend the look with contrasting pillows and sheets in light fabrics.
Make the most of natural light
One of the best ways to add an airy summer feel to your room is by throwing open your curtains and making the most of the natural light. You can maximise this effect by decorating in whites and other neutrals rather than darker colours that won't reflect the sunlight as effectively. If you're looking to update your furniture, adding a mirror or two and choosing pieces with metallic surfaces can also help to boost the reflection of light around your space.
Add a splash of colour with accessories
Next, it's time to extend that bright new look across the rest of your bedroom. One of the easiest ways to do this is by incorporating a few colourful accessories to add a fresh look without overpowering your space. This is more cost effective than redecorating completely and works particularly well if you have neutral décor as a foundation.
Soft furnishings — like scatter cushions, curtains, and throws — in your favourite cheerful colours can be added to provide bursts of summer vibrancy. You could also choose to accessorise with a rug, which can help to tie your space together, especially if you have a large room with open floor space.
Freshen up with beautiful flowers
Summer is a time when nature is bursting with beauty and colour, so why not aim to bring some of that splendour into your bedroom? Displaying some flowers on a shelf, windowsill, or bedside table is a great way to jazz up your space, and you also get the bonus of their gorgeous, natural fragrance.
Go for some flamboyantly blooming species, such as canna lilies, peonies, or hydrangeas, arranged in a bouquet to really spruce up your bedroom.
Stay clutter free by adding more storage
If you want to really relax through the summer, it's key that you keep your room clutter-free so that you can enjoy that open and spacious feel. That means finding a space for all your winter essentials, whether that's a bulky duvet cover, a pair of winter boots, or an unsightly space heater.
Should you not have the cupboard space to keep all of your out of season belongings hidden from sight, it's probably worth investing in some extra storage options. If you have the right type of bed, underbed boxes are a great way of maximising unused space, while you can add racking to the backs of cupboard doors to unlock even more shelving. Think creatively and you might be surprised at how much can be tucked away in an orderly fashion.
Keep my five top tips in mind when you're updating your bedroom and it's sure to be summer-ready in no time at all. Then, all that's left is to enjoy those
Thinking of sprucing up your bedroom for summer? Well, you'll be glad to know that Nick Acaster, from rug specialists Rugs Direct, is here to share his top five tips for the ideal makeover.