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A Change of Room Style For Summer!

As I started to write this blog, I was wistfully thinking about how often the summer sunshine can shed a completely different light on a room, which might prompt you to think of changing the style, colours or arrangement of it for a new and fresher look. The reality however, as I look out of the window (in July!) is that it has not been that sunny lately and is actually a bit gloomy!

HOWEVER, I have decided to be stubborn and plough on with the blog and bring you some simple ideas (no major changes here!) for a bit of a room ‘lift’. Often just a few minor changes here and there will make all the difference.

  1. Declutter and Organise…

Your first step will be to get rid of unnecessary clutter in the room and then arrange and organise things better. Messy rooms have a tendency to make people feel stressed and overwhelmed and that’s not a good place to start! So, as a tidy/tidier room can make you feel calm and relaxed the decluttering process is a must! In addition, decluttering will definitely help you free up some space should you decide you want to add something new.

A simple way to begin the decluttering process is to start by sorting your items into four categories: Keep, Sell, Donate, Bin. Once you’ve done that, then start to organise the items you are keeping by using simple storage solutions such as baskets, bins, boxes, shelves, hooks, or racks. It’s also useful to label the containers in order to make it easier to find what you need! Try storing similar items together and keep the most frequently used items within easy reach.

  1. How About Changing Your Colour Scheme…

One of the simplest ways to change a room is to change the colour scheme as this can have a big impact on the mood and atmosphere of the room and might just be a welcome change!

You might not necessarily want to repaint your walls or buy new furniture – it can be much easier than that type of upheaval! How about switching up some of these instead: pillows/cushions, curtains/blinds, rugs, throws, art, mirrors, ornaments, plants. Often mixing & matching different colours, patterns, textures and materials can be cleverly incorporated to create contrast and interest.

  1. Rearrange The Furniture!..

Surprisingly this is often overlooked as it might seem like too much hard work! – but, I do remember as a child being so excited when my bed was moved as it felt like a whole new world had opened up, so it is definitely worth considering. Moving your furniture around can achieve a number of things – it might make your room look more spacious, more functional, inviting or cosy and it can also help create a new focal point or a perhaps a better flow to the room.

Try some of these top tips for rearranging the furniture:

  • Beds placed against a wall or in a corner create more floor space
  • A desk nearer a window or a lamp will maximise use of natural or artificial light
  • Arranging seating around a coffee table or an ottoman creates a conversation area
  • Add shelves or cabinets to store books, games, collectibles
  • Use a mirror or a large statement piece (art /clock/sculpture) to create an illusion of depth or height
  1. Updating The Lighting…

This is the most often overlooked, yet the right lighting can be so effective. If you want to improve or change the brightness, warmth and ambience of a room, look at using different methods to create different effects:

Such as:

  • Replacing old bulbs with LED bulbs that are brighter/softer, more energy-efficient and last longer
  • Try adding lamps, candles, fairy lights or string lights to create softness, warmth, depth and that cosy feeling
  • Installing dimmer switches or timers which control the intensity and duration of the lighting
  • Think about adjusting the amount of natural light in the room by using curtains, blinds, shades or shutters

Hopefully this has given you some ideas to try out on a room and also given you the incentive to make some little changes for a big impact!

 

 

July 23, 2023

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