How To Get Your House Summer Ready


 What is the first word that comes to your mind when you think of getting your house summer ready? I'm thinking bright and bold colours, a big space and an airy and inviting home. Do we think alike? Don't worry if your house doesn't fit the profile, there's still hope and there a lot of things that you can do in order to make your home ready for summer. So, grab a cup of coffee and read on, because, with the tips that I will share with you, your house will be summer ready in no time. Enjoy!

1. Paint the walls - If it has been a long time since you did any decorating, now is the perfect time to bring new life to your home and make the most of the space you have available. If you want to create the illusion of brighter and larger rooms, painting your walls is a great place to start. Go for light colours and neutral shades, which will reflect light. White is an excellent choice, especially for modern homes, but if you fear it may look too sterile, there are other options. Pale greys, duck egg blue, and sandy tones work well. If you have got white walls, you can add colour using accessories and soft furnishings.

2. Declutter - It’s very easy to accumulate clutter and find every spare corner clogged up with stuff. If this scenario sounds familiar, go through every room, creating piles of items you want to keep, those you could sell, and those you want to donate to charity. If you do this in every room of the house, you’ll probably find that you can get rid of a lot of stuff and free up some space.

3. Find clever storage solutions - Once you’ve decluttered, have a think about the storage you have available. If you’ve got a loft or a basement, buy some sealable plastic boxes, fill them up with items you’re not using at the moment, and put them away. If you don’t have a lot of storage, there are some really clever solutions out there. Think beds with drawers underneath and wardrobes with pull-out racks and shelves. If you need more storage,  make use of the wall space. If you don’t have room for chests and units, fit some shelves on the walls.

4. It's all in the details - Take advantage of natural light by hanging mirrors, which will bounce the sun’s rays around the room, and give the room a fresh, clean feel by scattering some potted plants or vases filled with fresh flowers around the shelves. Avoid going overboard with decorative details, and adopt a simplistic approach when it comes to soft furnishings. Add a few cushions to the sofa, lay out a rug on the floor and opt for understated curtains or blinds.

5. Make sure your house insurance is up to date - Better yet, if you don't have a house insurance, consider in getting one asap. Not only you will feel more relieved knowing that your house and belongings are in safe hands, but you also know that in case something happens (fire, someone breaks in) you will receive monetary compensation. There are many insurance companies on the market, so study their offers and pick the one that suits you and your needs the best. If you live in Ireland, make sure to take a look at  www.chill.ie. They compare for you all the best insurers, that way you know that you picked the one that's best for you.

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