Things to Do to Improve Your Home for June
by: Tiffany Grandstaff, Editorial Staff
Summer is upon us, and now is the time to start thinking about how well your home functions during this sweltering season. Small but important adjustments should be made to ensure that your home remains the relaxing and attractive haven you’ve created it to be. Below are some quick home renovations that can help you accomplish just that.
1. Put Up Screen Doors
Screen doors serve as an amazing buffer between the dirty outside world and your immaculate home. Allow summer breezes to flood your space by swapping that solid door panel for a durable screen. This way, you will keep the bugs at bay and still be able to enjoy the balmy weather.
(PRO TIP: If you already have a screen door installed, be sure to patch any rips, tears, or holes to prevent unwanted guests and messes.)
2. Refresh Your Gutters and Downspouts
The condition of your lawn plays an important role in how comfortable your outdoor space is. Standing water and leftover debris can be a breeding ground for pests, so protect yourself by keeping those gutters and downspouts clean.
(PRO TIP: A manicured lawn will also help keep pests and insects at bay.)
3. Revamp Your Kitchen
A change in the season is the perfect time to make a change to your decorating scheme. Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home, so it can become cluttered and outdated pretty fast. Swap winter appliances for summer ones, add some brightly colored hand towels, refresh the paint, or throw down a few new rugs. It’s super easy to give your kitchen the facelift it deserves.
(PRO TIP: Think about installing a new faucet or sink to keep things clean, fresh, and updated.)
4. Get Organized
The end of the school year can leave you holding a mountain of paperwork, so sorting it out now is a terrific way to keep your home from being overrun by the mess. Wrangle the mayhem by sorting and organizing books, papers, artwork, and projects onto a decorative storage cart or trunk. No room for more furniture? No problem. Hang a few wall-mounted shelves or cabinets to display your family’s creativity in style.
(PRO TIP: Scan your children’s artwork onto a PC to create frame-worthy décor.)
5. Perform a Whole-House Facelift
Summer is meant to be easy and breezy, so say goodbye to anything in your home that’s dark, heavy, or both. Roll up old rugs and replace them with newer, lighter options. Spruce up the paint, choosing a seasonal color that coordinates with your décor. Purchase brightly colored linens, tablecloths, and window treatments to signify the delightful days of summer hidden behind them.
(PRO TIP: Heavy window treatments can provide much needed temperature control inside your home; just be sure the fabric is season-approved.)
6. Turn Your Bathroom into a Resort
The bathroom does not have to be all about function; it can be fabulous too. Give your commode a quick makeover by swapping that dingy shower curtain and liner for crisp new ones. And while you’re at it, why not update the storage in your space by adding a few baskets, bins, cabinets, or racks to keep your toiletries organized? If all else fails, revamp your space by adding a few summer-inspired accessories from your favorite home décor collection.
(PRO TIP: An updated shower head has a way of making a bathroom seem brand new.)
7. Rethink Your Seating Arrangement
When furnishing your home or preparing for summer, pay close attention to the colors, patterns, and styles of your seating options. Be sure to offer friends and family a safe and comfortable place to sit while they enjoy the weather, especially in your outdoor living room. Place some colorful cushions on metal or wooden seats, or revamp the space completely by adding counters, stools, and tables to create an outdoor kitchen that’s fit for a king.
(PRO TIP: Create a space outside to dry towels and bathing suits by using hanging bars, towel racks, or hooks.)
8. Pimp Your Patio
There’s more to your outdoor space than seating and storage, especially during the summer. Easily create your own private paradise by placing a few of your favorite garden statues, fountains, or planters to the property. Attract seasonal fowl with a well-made bird house, or increase the ambience with a beautiful wind chime.
(PRO TIP: Be sure your outdoor décor is made from weather-resistant materials to keep them intact for years to come.)
9. Grow a Garden
Planting flowers is not only relaxing, it’s also a terrific idea for anyone who wants to spruce up their home for summer. Great gardens can create privacy on an otherwise exposed lot, especially if large structures and art pieces are used around the border. The right décor can add interest, intrigue, and excitement to your outdoor space, and when placed around a well-maintained flowerbed, can create an oasis for family and friends.
(PRO TIP: Plant bee-friendly flowers and fall bulbs to ensure year-round pollination.)
10. Lighten Up a Bit
The key to any comfortable yet contemporary home is having a great lighting scheme – inside and out. The perfect illuminations will flatter your décor while also making all parts of the space accessible to guests. Hang lights from the ceiling, secure them to the wall, or place them on attractive side tables – the choices are virtually endless. The point is put the “fun” in “function.”
(PRO TIP: The type of bulb you use can make a big difference in the quality of light produced by the fixture.)