Making Our House A Home | A Summertime Bedroom

I’m not sure if I dare say it but I finally feel like Summertime may have arrived. Well, at least I have for some of this week (cue the overcast and grey look that Britain is renowned for) and I’ve been thinking about how I could introduce Summer to the house, and how you can bring your home in line with the season too. In particular I’m going to focus on my bedroom purely because I think that’s the room that sees the biggest change over the Summer.
I like to try and keep things seasonal where I can and the rooms in our house are no exception to that rule. We’re not too far off having a move date and I really want to ensure that it’s versatile and light but it also needs to be a cosy escape. So without literally breaking the bank here are a few things I’ll be doing to make sure Summer is here to stay in the bedroom, at least for a little while longer than the British weather.
There are usually two things that can affect the look and feel of your bedroom and those two things are bed linen and curtains. If they’re dark and thick it usually means you’re in the throes of Winter, but if you’re sleeping under a sheet and have some thinner curtains up, it’s typically a bit warmer.

Summertime Bed Linen

Bed linen, for me, can make or break your sleep during the Summer months. It’s hard enough trying to sleep in the heat with a fan in the corner of the room that’s effectively just wafting the warm air around, but if the bed linen doesn’t suit then it makes it more difficult. I’ve had lots of duvet covers that have been lovely and thin in the Summer, but they often pull or catch on bits of my body, and the material of others is just cheap and awful.

I often envision us having white sheets and duvet covers of the most luxurious quality but with two kids let’s just say that isn’t happening any time soon. I’ll have to keep that Instagram dream going for another few years yet – especially if we have a third baby.

summertime summer bedroom overhaul accessories bed linen white perfect sleep

I try and keep the colours fresh and light, occasionally with a cute pattern, but I tend to veer toward something a bit plainer as it’s easier to create a ‘vibe’ with accessories which are cheaper to change every year. I like to think that by spending a bit more on bed linen that I’m investing in a good night’s sleep, although we know that’s entirely dependent on how many times the kids get out of bed during the night, but when they have a night away at the grandparents then it’s totally worth it.

Summertime Curtains

Curtains are literally the bane of my bedroom life, especially during Summer. I am constantly torn between having them dark enough and just thick enough to block out the light and some of the heat, or having them slightly lighter and thinner to let a little bit of that morning sunrise in. I think it goes without saying that the boys’ bedrooms will have the biggest, thickest, blackout curtains ever to try and curb some of their super early wake up calls.

plantation shutters summertime overhaul windows blinds blackout

We’re really lucky that in our new house that all the windows have plantation shutters and these block out a really good amount of light, so I think when we do move we’ll either opt for a lighter curtain if we even need them at all!

Summertime Accessories

Admittedly, with it being Summer, you’re not going to want to overfill your room with unnecessary accessories. In Winter it’s totally acceptable for your bed to be full of pillows with a big, chunky knit throw at the end and have stuff lying around everywhere. It’s what gives us that homely and cosy feel. I prefer to keep a select few items in the bedroom and take the season as a chance to declutter our house, and life, from everything we don’t need or use anymore.

summertime bedroom overhaul use light and refreshing candles citrus

Candles always create a good mood and whether it’s Summer or Winter it’s all about the fragrance. Cinnamon and spicy scents don’t really work for me in the Summer and I like to opt for fresher and more citrus based smells.

If you’re in to ‘botanicals’ at the moment there are some beautiful small and decorative plants that are easy to take care of if you’re looking to bring a bit of the outdoors in.

summertime bedroom overhaul bring outside in with botanicals succulents

When we move I’m going to be looking at putting some art and pictures on the walls in our bedroom as our one at the moment is really, really plain! In fact it’s awful. Black and white photos are a good year round choice and you can choose to switch up the pictures as and when you like. We have a canvas of us where we’re all in coats and another where you can tell it’s Summer and it’s nice to switch between the two.
If you want to keep up with this and more ideas about renovating, redecorating during Summertime or you just want some inspiration then check out the hashtag #RenovateRedecorateInspire.
What makes your bedroom summery? Do you have any top tips for keeping your bedroom seasonal? What’s your go-to bedroom product?
*This is a collaborative post.
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3 Comments

  1. July 18, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I am green with envy that you have plantation shutters. They are on my wish list!

    • raisingtherings
      July 18, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      We are so very lucky, they look beautiful don’t they? I’m sure you’ll get them one day x

  2. July 14, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Oh you’ve got to love white bedding! I’ve just given our bedroom a mini summer makeover with new linen and accessories. You don’t need to spend a lot to make a difference do you x

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