With the weather warming up, thoughts turn to backyard entertaining and pressing -re-fresh' on your home. Summer is a time for indoor/outdoor living so open up the doors and windows and let the sunshine in!
Here are a few top tips from Fantastic Furniture's national visual merchandising manager, Craig Evans, to create a relaxing summer vibe in your home:
Coastal Vibe – even if you don't live near the beach, you can create a beachside vibe in your home. Opt for a nautical theme with navy and white. Check out Fantastic Furniture's Hayman furniture range in crisp white for some inspiration. A clever use of accessories can help create your coastal look. Add a beautiful framed print or canvas of a beachside scene, such as Fantastic Furniture's Oceanfront View Wall Art, price $69. Create a pretty display of seashells and driftwood then fan out a pile of gorgeous travel magazines on your coffee table and then drift back and dream in your own beachside haven!
Cool Off – bring the outdoors in and take inspiration from nature. Cool greens, pale blues, yellows and calming neutrals can give your home a lovely fresh feel for lazy summer days and nights. Choose prints and cushions with natural scenes, birds and flora and fauna prints to create your own relaxing nature zone in your home.
Pretty Pastels – If like many, you have opted for the charcoal and steel tones that have been so popular, you might be ready for a change. The good news is that pastels are back. Pretty pinks, pale blues and lovely lemons can give your home a fresh new look that's perfect for summer. Opt for Fantastic Furniture's MyChoice range and you have more than 100 fabrics to choose from to create a perfect pastel palette.
Go Natural – when it's hot outside, sometimes you just need to retreat to cool off. Neutrals can create a cool calm interior that can take the heat out of the day. Opt for clean, crisp whites, beige, almond and cream tones to create your cool interior. The Hazel Round Rug will add a relaxed beach-side feel to your home, price $39.
Outdoor Setting – summer is outdoor entertaining season and it's a great way to enjoy some delicious BBQ food and make the most of the balmy summer evenings. You don't need to spend a fortune to set up an outdoor dining room. Invest in a weather resistant dining table and add some colourful outdoor chairs such as the Fantastic Furniture Cruz Chair, price $39, for fun. There are some lovely outdoor dinnerware settings around in bright colours to add a pop of personality to your outdoor dining table. Hang some pretty lanterns, scatter some comfortable cushions and enjoy entertaining and relaxing with family and friends in your new outdoor room.
Fantastic Furniture is Australia's leading value furniture manufacturer and retailer and specialises in providing a range of affordable packages and individual furniture items and accessories to suit a variety of lifestyles and tastes at everyday low prices. The company manufactures approximately 130,000 Australian-made sofas each year and has 74 stores Australia wide. For further information visit: www.fantasticfurniture.com.au