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Spring and summer at home: let’s make the most of it!

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As spring and summer arrive, our homes start to embrace more vibrant colours and welcome an abundance of natural light, both which bring an uplift in positivity. As we say goodbye to the colder winter season, life becomes filled with optimism and eagerness to enjoy the outdoors again.

As we know, spring and summer 2020 is going to be a little different to previous years. As we spend more of our day indoors, it’s important for us to stay motivated and make good use of this extra time at home.

Here’s some inspiration and advice from some of the best interior designers on how to make the most of this spring and summer while practicing social distancing measures:

Take advantage of the natural light

The days are now longer, meaning we can enjoy more natural light in the home without the need for electricity. Open up your windows and let the sun and fresh air flood in, filling the room with light while also helping to boost your mood.

Bring your living room to life

There’s no doubt that this is the busiest space in the home right now, acting as a home cinema and gym, playroom and schoolroom for the children or a place of work for the adults. Or perhaps it’s simply a place to disconnect from it all with a good book or headphones.

Why not spend some of your spare time doing something fun and productive? Try redecorating or making slight adjustments to your living room to reflect the joy that spring and summer bring. Replace sofa covers and rugs with fresher, bolder fabrics to add some playfulness into your living room design. Add plants and repurpose wicker baskets into trays that can hold vases filled with flowers to create a Scandinavian inspired room. Adding a lick of paint to brighten any furniture that is looking a little tired is also an easy way to brighten up the space.

Carles Tort, interior designer at Estudio L’Explorateur, advises us on the importance of making seasonal changes to decor, just as we do with clothing:

“We want to create a feeling of lightness. Keep some decorative elements for a while, but also make changes; removing heavy curtains and leaving lighter ones in place, moving pieces of furniture around or revamping sofa cushions help to create that feeling of change”.

If you are lucky enough to have an on-trend open-plan living room and kitchen, our new Dekton Slim 4mm thickness surfaces can be used in both rooms to create a seamless visual continuity.

Get the most out of your kitchen

Our kitchen is an integral part of hectic day-to-day life. Now more than ever is the time to get creative with recipes or dare to try something as delicious and traditional as kneading and baking bread.

Let’s not forget that the kitchen is one of the most “multi-functional” rooms in the home, a space that at one moment can be a classroom for the children to do their homework and at another time acts as an improvised home office.

Given the current situation, according to Carles Tort “we should try to create a space where we feel comfortable working. Ideally, this would mean taking advantage of the views outside the window, the flow of natural light as well as interaction with plants or flowers”.

If Silestone or Dekton already feature in your home, there’s no need to worry about hygiene as these surfaces are extremely easy to clean and disinfect. In addition, the Eternal collection by Silestone or Stonika by Dekton evoke the beauty of nature in your home thanks to their designs inspired by the natural world.

With the warmer weather now here, try bringing out your floral accessories and spruce up your worktop with indoor plants or freshly-cut flowers, arranged in a recycled glass bottle. If you still don’t have your indoor herb garden, why not start it today? Parsley, mint or basil will add character to your kitchen and bring extra flavour to your dishes.

Don’t forget that one of the secrets of interior design is to look at the world around us with a different perspective, as suggested by the interior designer, Lorna de Santos: “I encourage you to turn everything around, literally… Given that we are experiencing a difficult situation, we must make changes to the world around us, so as not to get bored. And let’s face it, nothing is closer to hand than our furniture. Why not turn the angle of the dining table and change your usual viewpoint? Sometimes we become creatures of habit, but you’d be surprised at how easy it is to adapt to new things”.

Find your own personal space in the bathroom

Our bathroom is a sanctuary at home, a place where we can lock ourselves away for some quiet time and disconnect from work, from being makeshift teachers, or from cooking like a head chef.

But this space also requires some love and attention to keep it looking good. Silestone surfaces add design and functionality, helping you to create a bathroom with personality, while Dekton provides unbeatable high-resistance characteristics. With Dekton Grip+ you can enjoy an anti-slip floor, which is ideal for this part of the house.

Give a nod to spring with different coloured soaps, which you can even get the children to create as part of an entertaining arts and crafts project. Incorporate plants such as bamboo, orchids and aloe vera that are able to thrive in typical bathroom temperatures. Lorna de Santos reveals that she visits the florist closest to her home to buy a new plant every season, choosing the one that her family is most excited about.

If you enjoy DIY, let your imagination run wild! Painting a piece of furniture to your liking or reusing glass jars by filling them with shells, stones or coloured crystals will inject some life and personality into your bathroom.

Say hello to the sun every day

If you have a balcony, place plant pots outside to add some greenery. If you really want to be the envy of your neighbours, customise flowerpots by giving an old basket a face-lift or wrapping them in raffia or linen fabric.

Similarly, as Carles Tort tells us: “It’s all about creating spaces in which we feel both comfortable and want to use. Having some plants, a small chair or low stool and, if possible, a small table or some kind of supporting surface, will enable us to use this type of outdoor space at any time of day”.

If you are one of the lucky ones to have a garden, make sure to enjoy this precious commodity. Play sport outside, improvise a hammock and invest in a barbecue. Consider a Dekton surface, helping you to create your dream outside space, from furniture to an outdoor kitchen.

Remember, we cannot change the circumstances we are in, but we can change the way in which we deal with them. This year we can look forward to a different kind of spring and summer together with our nearest and dearest at home, a place that offers hope and comfort.

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