There are very few interior designs that make the most of each season and, as such, homeowners should be willing to embrace flexible designs while making seasonal renovations a part of their annual routine. Lighting shifts and temperatures are two significant factors that can change the way a design is received. Cosy designs, for example, those that are embraced during winter, can become too stuffy during the summer. By embracing seasonality in design, however, living spaces not only continue to feel fresh but will be comfortable throughout the year, no matter what the season.
With summer on the horizon, here are five great designs to ensure your home is comfortable during a period of longer days and warmer nights.
While the act of enclosing spaces during winter benefits rooms by keeping them warmer, during summer it can be disadvantageous to divide living spaces. Instead, home designs should embrace light and airflow during the summer period, enabling spaces to become brighter and cooler.
As such, it is recommended that residents reduce the amount of furniture and decor in their homes during the summer months, storing them away to create more open spaces within their homes.
Refreshing a space and making it more suitable for summer can be as simple as adding a bright and floral wallpaper to a room. Such additions can be even more impactful when they are added as a statement design, such as on a single wall or as a mural.
Wallpapers can be chosen for their exotic designs or even their embracing of elegance and beauty, harkening back to vintage aesthetics such as chinoiserie, which are becoming more popular among interior designers.
Having an outbuilding can change the way residents view their garden spaces. The part-interior part-exterior space that is offered by such structures like log cabins and annexes is ideal for bringing various activities out of the home during summer.
This could be as regular as dining in a covered space, one that remains open to a garden environment, or as specialist as creating a bespoke sunroom within which to practice yoga.
Curtains are an excellent way to prevent drafts and help a room to feel cosy. During the summer, however, swapping out curtains for light and airy alternatives can help a room to feel better ventilated and softer too, especially with the presence of a greater amount of natural light.
In the same way that floral designs can help a room to feel more open to nature, the materials used to construct furniture and decorations can also benefit a living space’s atmosphere during the warmer season. Materials such as cork and wicker, as well as lighter woods like pine, can elevate a room’s sense of weight, especially when compared with darker woods and stone.
The same is also true for fabrics. Thick wools and velvets can lose their sense of comfort during the summer, being weighty and dense. By exchanging them for lighter and brighter alternatives, such as linen and cotton, homeowners can make their homes feel better on warmer days.