As Brits we to be outside the in the summer. It is all about evening drinks in the dwindling summer sun, barbecues and lazy afternoons. But we also know our summer is never guaranteed and often we are hiding barbecues under umbrellas. So when the weather is this unpredictable, bring your summer indoors with these great summer vibes kitchen ideas.
Creating a summer vibe in the kitchen is a great way of maximising your enjoyment of the great indoors throughout the year. Even when things take a turn for the worse outdoors, there’s nothing to stop you making the most of the season…any season.
Try these super easy tips to maximise your summer:
Enhance Natural Light
If there’s a way of enhancing the natural light in your kitchen, it’s something you should be doing. The clever placement of mirrors, glass and shiny surfaces often make all the difference. Choosing reflective kitchen units such as high gloss can help to reflect light around the kitchen, giving the appearance of space.
It is also worth considering what is covering your windows, Venetian blinds are a great way of letting in light and can also help create an airy feel.
You might also want to consider the effect your kitchen’s floor covering is having on the room’s vibe. There are certain floors that naturally bring a welcoming and upscale vibe to the modern kitchen – lighter-coloured stone floors, colourful tiles, marble slabs and so on. Even switching to a brighter and fresher laminate floor covering could do the trick at a fraction of the price. If you can use the same colours and textures inside and out this really helps to bring that outside feeling indoors. Natural stone materials are a great choice.
If you’re looking to link the kitchen with the outside space, do make sure that you consider how the lighting flows through both areas. Consider your garden or patio space to be an extension of your kitchen and light as a specific zone. Clever use of outside uplighters or garden lighting spikes mixed with low level or under unit lighting inside can make the kitchen and garden appear to merge into one glorious space.
Plants and Greenery
Last but not least, nothing brings the beauty and freshness of the outdoors indoors quite like a liberal spread of plants and greenery. Particularly during the summer months, a vibrant array of plants and flowers around the kitchen can transform the vibe and ambience of the entire room.
Why not set yourself up with a few window boxes and grow your own herbs? A great way of filling your kitchen with the fresh fragrances of summer throughout the year.