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3 m of fabric bunting, £9 from Sainsburys

If you have a spring in your step and fancy sprucing up your home for summer, now is the time to start your shopping. Although dark hues and cosy fireplaces might be the perfect look for cold, harsh winter, summertime calls for something quite different. Try a fresh and clean new look to help you enjoy the warm summer months in style.

Bring the outdoors inside

Beautiful cut out nature themed tea light holder, £3.50, Sainsburys

Spend a lot of time out in the garden during the summer? With the Great British weather being as it is, in reality, you’re probably going to spend more time indoors wishing it was sunny, so swap a few ornaments on your mantle with garden themed accessories.

Add a touch of greenery

Cowslip Wall Art, £8 from Sainsburys

Take a trip to the garden centre or local flower shop and buy a few plants that create warmth. How about planting sunflower seeds, for example? It’s hard not to smile when you see one of these big yellow flowers growing taller every day.

Hang a mirror above the fireplace

Driftwood Mirror, £15 Sainsburys

A fireplace it is perfect on a cold dark evening in the middle of December, but it’s unlikely to bring the same joy in August. Try to take the focus away from  it by clearing it out, removing the logs, placing a vase of fresh flowers on the mantle and hanging a mirror on the wall above.

Give your furniture a makeover

Heart shaped place mats, £12 for 2, Sainsburys

Whether it’s your dining chairs, coffee table or corner sofa, furniture can start to look tired, and tired does not create a bright and breezy summer look. Change your place mats and coasters to add a splash of fun or colour, change the colour of the throw on the sofa and switch the heavy curtains for light roller blinds.

Introduce a floral scent

Lavendar pomanders £6, Sainsburys

One of my favourite things about summer is the smell. The freshly cut grass, the newly potted plants, the smoke from the neighbours BBQ and the smell of suncream. Obviously you don’t want your living room to smell like a bottle of SPF15, but adding some pot pourri or a plug-in air freshener could help bring that summery feel inside.

This is a commissioned guest post written on behalf of Sainsbury’s. To improve your home for summer, visit the website for a huge range of furniture and accessories, from a new corner sofa to a gorgeous throw.


1 Comment

  1. 05/08/2013 / 6:02 am

    Summer is the best time to improve your home and there are many things that you can do to make your home cool during the summer. You can grow shade trees around your home and create a cool and delightful atmosphere during the summer.

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