Preparing Your Home for Summer

The kitchen can get very warm during summer, especially if you plan on cooking in there a lot. It’s a room we all like to spend a lot of time in, whether we’re working, socialising, or eating. So, how can we make it more suitable for summer? Read on to find out!

~ Paint It

Why not paint your kitchen to freshen it up? Some people add a fresh coat the same colour as before, but this is boring! Paint it a new colour to make it more summery and fresh feeling. Blue, green, and yellow can all be nice colours to include in the kitchen. However, some people prefer neutral colours. Try to stick to something cool so that it doesn’t feel too ‘warm’ during the summer heat. Painting your kitchen is a really simple way to increase the value of it too, so remember that if you’re thinking of selling!

~ Getting Organised

There’s nothing worse than an unorganized kitchen during summer, so make it your goal to get organized. Get rid of things you don’t use or want, and really tidy up to make some space. The more organized you can get, the better! Try not to hoard things you never use. Give things to charity if that makes you feel better.

~ Change Your Window Treatments

Changing up your window treatments will help you to regulate the room temperature much better, and change the look of your kitchen to boot. Places like Yes Blinds can give you advice on window treatments if you’re unsure of what to go for.

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~ Protect from Bugs

As it gets so hot during summer, we leave windows and doors open a lot. This means we need to protect from ants and other creepy crawlies inviting themselves into the home. White wine vinegar rubbed around the frames of windows and doors can deter them, but there are many other home recipes you can use too.

~ Update Your Utensils

Old utensils can ruin the look of a summer kitchen, so consider treating yourself to some updates if you’ve had them for a while. A new chopping board and some cutlery can be all you need to make it look brand new and brighten the place up. It depends on your budget and how old your current utensils are!

~ Add Life

Summer calls for life, so add it to your kitchen by using flowers and fruit. I love using colourful flowers and fruit to brighten the place up and add life. It’s a good excuse to invest in a pretty vase/bowl set too. You can even go for fake stuff if you’re worried about replacing it all the time.

Don’t leave your kitchen stuck back in winter. Use these tips to bring it up to date and make it feel much more summery! You’ll love spending time in there and having guests over once you’ve used these tips. Leave a comment if you have any ideas of your own to share.

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13 Comments

  1. 3rd July 2015 / 9:18 am

    Love your kitchen! #thelist

  2. 3rd July 2015 / 3:48 pm

    Your kitchen looks great!
    These are great tips x

  3. 8th July 2015 / 9:57 am

    Great tips. Like you, I love having flowers, a full fruit bowl and often some herbs in a pot in the kitchen. The windows have sunflower patten fly traps discreetly placed in the corner to catch those nasty fruit flies and I do my best to keep the work surface and table clear of clutter.

  4. booandmaddie
    8th July 2015 / 12:38 pm

    Oh the bugs!! We’re constantly opening and closing the back door because it feels like as soon as we open it just a crack all the mozzies are waiting to rush in. Great tips and your kitchen is lovely X #HomeEtc

  5. 8th July 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the tips re the bugs. I hate them and with having all the windows and doors open, it feels like I’m holding up a sign saying ‘WELCOME’!

  6. 8th July 2015 / 10:57 pm

    Great tips and lovely kitchen! Thanks for linking up lovely. Much appreciated. Jess x

    #HomeEtc

  7. 9th July 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Aaah I’m totally with you on this!! I LOVE updating my kitchen with accessories. In fact, I’ve even painted the cupboard doors cos I was fed up of how they used to look! We really could do with a new kitchen but have just got to make do with what we have until we can afford to fit a new one. A can of paint costs very little and can make the world of difference! Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

  8. Anonymous
    9th July 2015 / 8:41 pm

    I love changing utensils and accessories to add some new interest into the kitchen. Much cheaper than a full redecoration.

    Angela – Garden Tea Cakes and Me
    #HomeEtc

  9. 10th July 2015 / 8:29 pm

    I so need to change my kitchen utensils, that’s way over due. The kitchen is the one room I like to look clean and today all the time and flowers really perk it up, I especially love yellow in summer :)

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