Make your home shine brighter this summer

When the weather warms up, it's only natural to want to make the most of the longer, brighter days. Here's how to give your home a sparkling makeover to make it ready for the sunny season.

1. Lighten up your rooms with mirrors

Want to know a magic trick for making any room feel brighter and more spacious? It's easy: they do it with mirrors.

Investing in a few strategically placed mirrors will reflect all that lovely summer sunlight back from your windows and really open up the space. Try placing one on the north wall of a room if you can, so it'll get the maximum light from south-facing windows.

2. Jazz up soft furnishings with bright cushions

There's no need for pricey, time-consuming redecoration to give your living room a new look for summer. Simply investing in some new cushions can transform the style of your sofa and armchairs.

Add a pop of vibrant colour, a touch of cool white or get back to nature with a stunning floral print - it's like picking out a new picture for the walls, so indulge your artistic side.

3. Bring the outside in with flowers and plants

Summer's a time for blossoming, so filling your home with flowers and plants will help you to enjoy that brighter, lighter feeling all day long.

Try placing some fresh-cut flowers in the rooms where you spend most time and see the difference they make. Put out fruit in the kitchen to add colour and a fresh feeling and bring in some live plants from outside to fill your house with vibrant green.

4. Put the sparkle back in your bathroom with Viakal

The joys of summer soon fade if you're starting the day in a bathroom that looks dull and tired because of limescale.

Luckily, there's no need to spend hours scrubbing - with Viakal Limescale Remover, you can dissolve away that chalky build-up in moments. Its smart water-sheeting technology also helps prevent watermarks forming too. So that means less time cleaning and more time to enjoy the sunshine.

5. Declutter by packing away winter things

Home feeling a bit dark and cramped? The cold months mean that you need all sorts of kit to wrap up warm, but in summer you want to travel light. Packing away the winter things and freeing up some space can quickly create a brighter, more spacious home.

Find a spot like a basement or storage cupboard which you can dedicate to winter gear, then put away those bulky coats, blankets, winter boots and the rest of your cold weather things. It makes it a lot easier to work out what you no longer use too, so you can have a bit of a clear-out at the same time.

What's your favourite way of brightening up your home in summer? Let us know in the comments below.


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