How to make your apartment summer-ready in a breeze

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to get your apartment ready for the season! As the weather heats up, you want your home to feel cool, refreshing, and inviting. Here are some tips from Norse design experts to help you prepare your space for summer.

Declutter and clean

The first step to preparing your apartment for summer is to declutter and clean. Start by getting rid of any items that you no longer need or use, such as winter clothes, heavy blankets, and extra clutter. Once you’ve cleared out the excess, deep clean your apartment, paying special attention to areas that may have been neglected during the colder months. This will create a fresh, open space that feels ready for the new season.

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Incorporate lighter fabrics

Summer is all about light and airy fabrics. Swap out your heavy winter bedding and throw pillows for lighter options that will help keep you cool. Opt for cotton or linen sheets in light colors, and add some decorative pillows in bright, summery hues. You can also switch out heavy drapes for lightweight curtains that allow plenty of natural light to flow into your space.

Add plants

Adding plants to your apartment is an easy way to bring a touch of nature indoors and create a fresh, summery vibe. Plants not only add visual interest to your space but can also improve air quality and reduce stress levels. Choose low-maintenance options like succulents, ferns, and spider plants, and display them in decorative planters or hanging baskets.

White oak doors and panels for IKEA Besta
White oak doors and paneling on two Besta frames from 102.458.46 IKEA.

Create an outdoor space

If you have access to an outdoor space, such as a balcony or patio, make the most of it during the summer months. Add some affordable outdoor furniture, such as a lounge chair or a bistro set, and add some decorative touches like outdoor rugs and throw pillows. This will give you a place to relax and enjoy the summer weather without leaving your home.

Use color

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with color in your home decor. Bright, cheerful hues like yellows, blues, and pinks can add a playful touch to your space and evoke the feeling of warm, sunny days. Norse’s silver sage and pale blush finishes have been a customer favorite for years, bringing a brighter twist on neutral home storage. You can also try incorporating pops of color through decorative accents like throw pillows, rugs, and artwork.

Let in the breeze

One of the best things about summer is the fresh air. To take advantage of this, open your windows and let in the breeze. This will not only help cool your apartment but also give it a light, airy feeling. Storage for media equipment that allows air flow is important in the warmer months so your expensive electronics don’t overheat. Cane doors have been a best-seller for media consoles due to the natural cane inlay allowing air flow and not blocking sound or signal. You can also add a ceiling fan or a portable fan to help circulate the air and keep your space feeling comfortable.

Cane doors for IKEA Besta from Norse Interiors
Cane doors and panels in perfect gray on a Besta frame from IKEA with black legs and Elisabeth black knobs.

Switch to summer scents

Finally, consider switching up your home fragrance for the season. Opt for light, refreshing scents like citrus, mint, or lavender that will help create a summery ambiance in your space. You can use eco-friendly candles, essential oil diffusers, or room sprays to add these scents to your space.

By following these tips, you can make your apartment feel fresh, bright, and ready for summer. If you’re looking to switch things up in your home but not sure where to start, contact our experts for a free phone consultation. Whether you’re relaxing indoors or enjoying your outdoor space, you’ll have a comfortable, inviting space to enjoy the season.



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