Last updated on July 19th, 2019
As the weather turns warmer, thoughts of cookouts, pool parties, and neighborhood get-togethers stir the urge to get your house in shape for the summer. As you look around your home, you may wonder what changes and updates most deserve your attention. To help you make the most of your summer, we’re sharing some of the best ways to prepare your home, inside and out, for the season.
Let the Sunshine In
Summer is a great time to think about replacing or adding more windows. In addition to brightening up your home, new windows can change your view—and so much more.
Improve Your Health
Research conducted by NC State reveals that natural light can improve the overall health of your body. The list of benefits is impressive, including enhanced productivity, better vision, higher quality sleep, and the prevention and treatment of depression.
Save Energy and Money
Replacing older windows with Energy Star certified systems can lower your energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Unify Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces
Toll Brothers partner, Western Window Systems, is known for creating innovative windows and moving walls of glass that seamlessly merge the indoors with the outside. These systems are designed to transform your space by expanding living areas, maximizing views, and letting in loads of natural light and fresh air.
Western Windows also makes it easy to add or replace windows and moving-glass walls with standard options, massive dimensions, and custom capabilities. You’ll be amazed at how these high-performance windows can add to the beauty of your home, while improving the health of those who live there.
Brighten Up Your Décor
The best way to brighten up your décor for summer is with color. Since summer only lasts about three months, you will want to update in ways that can easily be switched out when fall rolls around.
Accent with Paint
One of the most impactful ways to add color is with paint. But before you commit to painting a whole room, consider using summertime colors to accentuate a smaller, more focused space instead. Painting a single wall, headboard, coffee table, dresser, or outdoor furniture in a refreshing hue can go a long way in brightening your living spaces.
Switch Out Accessories
While you’re changing over your wardrobe from one season to the next, swap out some of your home accessories as well. Updating items like throw pillows, vases, candles, and decorative bowls will breathe new life into your décor. Another accessory that makes a big impact is an area rug. With the proliferation of beautiful rugs on the market, it is easy to interchange rugs each season to beautify your home.
Bring the Outdoors In
There is nothing like fresh flowers to brighten a room. The smell, color, and beauty of summertime arrangements make them a welcome addition throughout the home. If you grow herbs in your garden, like rosemary or basil, try mixing them in with your arrangement to enhance the aroma and add an unexpected touch of greenery to your bouquet.
Refresh Your Outdoor Living Space
During the summer, your outdoor living space is certain to rank as one of the most sought-after spaces of your home. Make sure it gets the proper attention by considering your lighting, furnishing, and landscaping needs.
Light Up Your Space
Many outdoor summer parties extend into the night, making proper lighting a necessity. To be sure you are ready, test your lights when it gets dark. Replace any broken lightbulbs and make note of any area that could benefit from more illumination. If you have pathways that need brightening, solar lights are an easy option since they can be directly installed. Outdoor floor lamps, which come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, along with string lights add a stylish touch to your décor, while improving visibility.
Revitalize Your Furniture
As you shed the wintertime covers from your outdoor furniture, take a close look at the condition of your cushions and pillows. Chances are they could use some refreshing. If cleaning doesn’t do the job, consider replacing them with looks in line with the latest color and pattern trends. According to summerclassics.com, nature-inspired patterns and shades of green, especially forest, pine, and emerald, are key trends in outdoor textiles, along with delicate floral and oceanic prints.
Enliven Your Landscape
It is important to plan ahead when it comes to landscaping. If you don’t have a green thumb, an expert landscaper can help you select flowers and plants that work best in each area of your outdoor living space. You will soon reap the rewards of a well-planned and maintained yard with colorful plants and flowers that keep your yard looking its best all year.
Now that your home is ready for summer, it is time to have some fun! Check out Toll Brothers Summer Parties Pinterest board for delicious recipes, party ideas, and easy DIY decorations that everyone is sure to enjoy.