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Five simple tips to refresh your home this summer

By Amy Hupe

With the summer sun promising to make an appearance any day now, these clever tricks will help give your home a much-needed boost – and won’t break the bank

1. Be bold with accessories

Soft furnishings such as cushions, throws, curtains and blinds are a great way to change things up in your living space without all the commitment and cost of redecorating. Which? Trusted trader Zanda Russell, from Zanda Russell Design, suggests adding pops of colour to plainer basics to brighten up your abode:

‘Stick to neutral hues and natural materials when it comes to your furniture. You can adjust your colour scheme with accessories in bold, retro prints and bright bursts of colour and - because it’s cheaper than re-doing a whole room - you can update it as often as you like.’

Try introducing citrus greens, zesty orange and bright turquoise for a summery twist.

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2. Experiment with colour

Too nervous to take the plunge and paint a room a bright colour? Which? Trusted trader Alex McHallam suggests dipping your toe in the water by painting a wall or chimney breast to cheer up a wall. ‘It’s a great way to instantly cheer up a room,' she says 'but will be quicker and cheaper than redecorating a whole room’.

When it comes to decorating, a professional finish can make all the difference. If you’re not a confident painter, let Which? Trusted traders help you find an approved decorator in your area.

3. Accessorize your walls

Investing in some new artwork is a quick and sure-fire way to give a neglected wall or gloomy corner a new lease of life - and you don’t have to spend a fortune.

Zanda recommends framing wallpaper or fabric samples, sheets of gift wrap and even magazine cuttings to create something eye-catching for a fraction of the price of a standard art print.

4. Give windows and doors a new lease of life

It’s easy to get carried away with interiors, but so many people fall into the trap of neglecting the outside of their house. 

External window frames and doors – particularly wooden ones – should be looked at every five years or so to stop them from developing problems. Summer is the best time to do this as any work you do will be less vulnerable to the elements.

Get a double glazing specialist to take a look at them for you and check for breaks or chips. It’s also worth investing in a decorator to apply a fresh coat of paint – many windows and doors need a bit of a lift after the rough and tumble of a harsh winter.
 

5. Create a garden getaway

Firing up the barbecue and soaking up the sun is one of the greatest joys of summer, so it makes perfect sense to give your garden a little TLC when sprucing up your interiors.

Adding some well-chosen soft furnishings can transform even the most unruly of gardens into a welcoming social space.

Opt for big, squishy cushions you and your guests can sink into, colourful picnic rugs to stretch out on and cosy blankets to wrap up in as the night draws in and the temperature drops.

Having cushion covers custom made is brilliant for ensuring you get exactly what you want: it’ll fit your furniture, and you can choose materials that will withstand any less-than-glorious summer weather. By doing this, you could also have other garden accessories such as picnic blankets or awning, made to match.

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