Before the weather gets so nice that you don’t feel like doing any work on your home, you might want to make the most of all the bright summer light that we’ll (hopefully) be enjoying throughout the middle of the year. This is the best time to try and open out the rooms and increase the sense of space inside the home and, while you might not want to go as overboard as changing the windows in all of the rooms, there are still things you can do to make the most of what you’ve got.
Fortunately, shabby chic is an interior decorating style that looks spectacular when bathed in sunlight – much more suited to summer than winter, then – and it doesn’t take much to transform any room into a stunning summer hideout.
As mentioned before, you want to be taking advantage of the increased levels of sunlight and making the room seem bigger with the help of carefully positioned shabby chic mirrors that reflect light around the room to increase the perception of its size.
Additionally, don’t assume that you can’t develop a shabby chic aesthetic for the back garden, because you can. Carved wicker furniture painted in cream or a light pastel shade, for example, immediately evokes the idea of long, lazy, glamourous summer picnics and endless games of croquet and badminton.
You don’t have to go big in the garden either. You can adopt shabby chic by installing a few well-chosen smaller accessories and decorations, such as the bird and flower hanging decoration below.
As the day wears on and darkness begins to fall, you can employ an antique silver tea light holder (or several) to provide some soft lighting so you’re not sitting in the dark. While it’s a good idea to have a motion-sensor security light, you can turn it off while you’re outside to make sure that the atmosphere isn’t ruined by constant activation.
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