Tigerlilly Quinn: Top tips for brightening up your home - Plus win a John Lewis voucher!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Top tips for brightening up your home - Plus win a John Lewis voucher!


I'm not sure if I'm 'nesting' or just suddenly come to the realisation that we don't need to much 'stuff' but I'm slowly slowly in the process of clearing out and brightening up. I would LOVE a home that white and minimal but with a small child (and another on the way) that just isn't happening so I've been making small and subtle changes to our space.

One of them has been to refresh our cushions to some fresher summery looking ones and another has been to add more storage options to the space. We picked up a TV cabinet on Ebay for a steal and I can't believe the difference it's made to put all our board games and jigsaws in there instead of under and next to the sofa. I'm currently looking at adding shelves to the alcove in our bedroom so we can buy a few baskets to keep things off the floor too.

Everest are asking you guys to share your tips on brightening up your home in the summer months. In doing so one reader will win £100 in John lewis vouchers. They say that 
'Blooming flowers, gentle breezes and light evenings allow you to throw open your windows or bi-fold doors and breathe new life into your home, while it’s also a great time to look into self-sustainability by growing your own vegetables or investing in solar panels '.
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Tracy K Nixon said...

I change my throws - from warmer colours to brighter, lighter colours. I also change the duvet covers and curtains too!

Kelly Rae said...

having beautiful and fun art in our home :)

Tracy Hanley said...

Lighting , bright colour cushion covers

laura redburn said...

one of my favourite tips for brightening the home/a room has always been mirrors! especially a big mirror opposite a window. can make a huge difference!

Marwa Batah said...

have pretty, colourful flowers everywhere!

Lily Kittèn said...

I love having bright cushions, prints and throws in my home - it makes things so much more bright and cheerful :)

Thanks for this giveaway, fingers crossed!

LilyKitten.com x

Sarah Rooftops said...

Big mirrors, minimal window dressings, bold colours in the lesser used rooms, pale colours in the busy ones.


Fingers crossed!

Laura - Lojo Vs The World said...

Bright coloured accessories and flowers, flowers and more flowers! x

emma walters said...

get floral, fresh flowers & floral print cushions/throws/bedding

melanie stirling said...

Bright fruity colour soft furnishings and lots of fresh flowers.

Lindsay said...

I like to use lighter throws and curtains and add some splashes of colour with art and cushions.

patanne1 said...

I always change things like sofa throws from heavier winter wool ones to cotton ones that are lovely bright colours

Anna NicG said...

mirrors opposite windows

Samantha Ripley said...

fresh cut flower always brighten the place up and smell lovely

Margaret said...

pots of flowers in the house and garden

Tracey Peach said...

I love putting lighter coloured duvet covers on the beds xxx

lewy874 said...

Open your other senses by introducing summer smells like vanilla and strawberry.

Tania Atfield said...

Change cushion covers

Lisa Marie Rowsell said...

I put up lighter coloured curtains to brighten the rooms up.

Paul said...

Change the ornaments,curtains and cushions for lighter colours.

Adeline Sheradelia said...

By using brighter cushions and curtains! :)

sbroadley said...

loads of fresh lowers and move the furniture round

Claire Davies said...

Lots of bright colours for our cushions and lots of lovely fresh flowers around the home :-) Love Summer :-)

Sarah Elizabeth Dunne said...

I like to use different brightly coloured candles and painting to brighten up our home.

Elizabeth Holtey said...

I like to leave all the doors open so that lots of fresh air comes in

Michelle Banks said...

lots of fresh colorfull flowers x

debbie said...

just declutter and rooms start to have an open ariy fresh feeling xx fab giveaway and blog x

jennhaden3 said...

Open the windows, let fresh air in and declutter and dust down everything x

IsabelBloggingforsanity said...

I tie the curtains back to let all the lovely light in and open the windows. It makes the whole house feel fresh and light.

Helen Battle said...

I like to wash my curtains hang them up while damp and let them dry with the windows open

Suzanne Drummond said...

i love to change my cushions and rug for a new look

Chris Davies said...

Lots of flowers! :D

dont call me stepmum said...

I like to use the glass jars I would normally recycle and fill them with the wild flowers my children are forever bringing me x little cuties

Kat Glynn said...

I like to take down our big heavy lounge curtains and put up voiles whilst they are cleaned, I usually put them back up around the end of August :)

Polly Watts said...

Rearranged some furniture, got new bright cushions and de-cluttered

Kevin Cozens said...

use light pastel colours :)

winnie said...

use fairy lights

Darrell said...

Open the windows, freshly cut flowers and a lovely Yankee candle

Pete Cleasby said...

add some cut flowers in a nice vase to your lounge

Alison said...

Buy some new pastel coloured duvet covers

kim neville said...

Lighter colours, fresh flowers and updating photos

James Lockwood said...

Bring in flowers from the garden to freshen up your home.

Nickles83 said...

summer candles, lighter cushion covers, lighter curtains.

Beverley said...

lighter curtains and cushion covers

maci234 said...

fresh paint

Rebekah Weeks said...

Open windows and fresh flowers!

Arabella Bazley said...

Changing over your soft furnishings to light and bright colours can make a huge difference.

lindsey stuart said...

I have winter curtains and summer curtains, My curtains for the summer and light weight and light in colour i have lovely cream and colourful cushions
I tend to open my blinds all together and let the sun shine in (unless i am tanning) haha

Sarah Parkin said...

We rearrange the furniture so we can keep the patio doors open most of the summer and match accessories with the garden furniture

kayleigh bates said...

Lighter curtains x

Sarah-Jane Laycock said...

Wild flowers in vases, open windows for the scent of freshness, stitch some colourful cushion covers and maximise light in all areas

anthony harrington said...

we put up lighter curtains and have flowers in vases and just opening all the window and doors really makes a big difference

Amelia Kennedy said...

Fresh flowers, floral cushions and cleaning the carpets and rugs x

Rosalind Sargent said...

fresh flowers and open windows and clean crisp net curtains

mary heald said...

Changing your accessories

williamgould said...

Ours is light and bright all year round....

Jaelin Farrow said...

We keep the windows open and change the furnishings to brighter colours.

Leanne Abel said...

Inject some colour into your house in the shape of flowers, cushions and prints

Laura S said...

I love having fresh flowers. Especially daffodils in spring!

Katie Evans said...

Open the windows and doors, there's nothing better than fresh air to brighten your house.

Jan Beal said...

Clean the windows inside and out to let the light stream through. It's surprising how dirty the inside can get!

David Paterson said...

Fresh seasonal flowers

Samantha Loughlin said...

Plenty of fresh air and light

steveyh said...

Get some brightly coloured accessories.

Dale said...

give your walls a fresh lick of paint before the summer months x

tammy said...

Add bunting for a summer feel!

Janet Bennett said...

add some bright colours by introducing some colourful cushions, candles etc

Penny said...

try changing the cushions for more summery ones and lighter, more breezy curtains :)

Michaela Palmer said...

Try adding some white paint to your wall, you can not imagine how much of a difference it makes!

kelly mitchell said...

Sheer curtains that let the light in

Paul Wilson said...

Some nice flowering plants.

paul stead said...

a lick of paint

caroline walliss said...

Bright curtains and cushions with flowers on my dresser.x

Kelly glen said...

Lots of bright colourful flowers make my house look summery.

leanne williams said...

Some nice flowering plants

FawcettSA said...

I plant and grow my own sweet peas every year as I love to cut them and have a vase of them on the table in the kitchen, they're so pretty and smell amazing

sharon mead said...

declutter windowsills so you have a clear view outside

Bex Allum said...

A clear out and some new summer photos

Tom D said...

Sweet peas, open windows!

Zoe Goulding said...

A good sort out, and brighten the place up with flowers, some new ornaments and cushions

Amanda said...

Some fresh flowers in the living room

becky yeomans said...

Lots of candles with summery smells, Fresh flowers!!

Frances Heaton said...

Delicate freesias and floral displays

Natalie S said...

Window boxes full of bright flowers for the outside, along with a summer wreath on the door and solar lit chandelier in trees for the garden. Inside, declutter and add new photos of family and things that remind me of favourite summer activities.

Daniel Baugh said...

Leave the curtains open overnight, let the sun in before you wake up

Stephanie Whitehouse, said...

I have lighter covers for my sofas in the summer

Sam Swain said...

Fresh flowers always brighten the house up

Soph H said...

Open the windows, let the fresh air in!

Richard Randall said...

Ours is bright all the time.

Fiona said...

I keep mine bright with white walls, cream furniture and cheerful bright satin cushions.

Lucy robinson said...

I put fresh flowers in the window. Always brightens up my mood. x

Kelandab said...

A few colourful scatter cushions brighten up a room in an instant

Kelly Ellen Hirst

Ellen Arnold said...

Solar powered fairy lights. Light up the garden in the eveing and look really lovely

Stephanie Lear said...

Some bright pretty fresh flowers always does the trick! X

Helen Kate Greaves said...

Warm colours, plenty of light, some tasteful flowers.

Kirsten Barthy said...

Flowers from the garden and fresh colourful like greens and yellows

Kieran Mott said...

Fresh flowers make the difference

EMMA FURNISS said...

paint teracotta flower pots in bright colours to give a lively windowsill

Sarah Griffiths said...

Ithink a lighter coloured duvet colour, especially in summery colours really lifts my bedroom

Kay Moffat said...

Use lighter colours.

MrRichTea said...

Sunflowers always brighten up a dull room :)

Sue Hodges said...

using lighter curtains and adding colourful cushions

ashleigh allan said...

use light colours!

Dale Askew said...

some colourful flowers

sunshine said...

Fairy lights x

Alexandra Dixon-Mersh said...

Giving the windows a good clean always helps!!! Also I bring in summery textiles like bright greens and yellows into my home in summer.

holly_gibson said...

Lots of flowers!

Matt Griffiths said...

Declutter!

Jodie said...

Cleaning!

lindsey jones said...

Lighter coloured throws and cushions help lighten a room.

Hilda Hazel Wright said...

Opening the windows and filling the house with fresh air! Cleaning the windows too!

Michelle Carlin said...

De-clutter and use cushion covers and curtains in colourful pastels and florals.

Katie Cliff said...

For me, a lighter (both in colour and fabric) pair of curtains really makes a big difference!

Ann Robinson said...

I have winter and spring/summer curtains and soft furnishing and change them over, the spring summer stuff is a lot lighter in colour and fabric

Megan Kinsey said...

I always try to bring in some flowers from the garden!

Lorraine Stone said...

Have a good old clear out!

Jane Butler said...

Clean your windows both inside & out; add fresh flowers or false ones if you prefer and a room fragrance- diffuser with a summer, fresh fragrance. Let as. Much air and light into the room as possible.

Claire Blaney said...

I always go for lighter accessories

Kelly Rebecca Mobbs said...

fresh flowers always does the trick

Karin Mortensen said...

Clean the windows and make some colourful window boxes :-)

Ruth Edmonds said...

Clean the windows and spray with water repelant to keep them clean, open up the windows when suitable for air and move the furniture to make best use of the light for when you use the room.

Robwhufc said...

Clean the windows

Caroline Clarke said...

Spring clean the house and replace the heavy curtains/drapes with thin summer curtains and blinds.

Emma Nixon said...

Change the bedding to a lighter brighter look. Any excuse to buy a new duvet cover!

geow480 said...

CLEAN THE WINDOWS

Jennifer Gilbert said...

fresh flowers are always a winner!

Nicki Evans said...

Bring in lots of beautiful summery flowers.

Nichola Smith said...

Simple prints in pastel frames and bright flowers!

Paula Burnside said...

Bright cushions on the sofa. An easy way to change the feel of a room.

Tracy Wood said...

I like to change all the duvet covers to light and summery shades

Louise Brown said...

Lovely flowers and keep the windows open.

gemma said...

Let lots of light in!

Pip Bennett said...

Light-weight summer curtains get put up in most of the rooms, it makes a really big difference! :)

Aaron Broad said...

open the curtains

susiebaby1 said...

Swap heavy curtains and cushion covers for light, summery ones and get the windows open whenever possible

leanne moore said...

Take blinds down to let light in

Crown said...

Open up your windows, use fresh bright coloured linens and fresh cut flowers

Panda said...

Light, fresh colours, decor and furnishings. Fun & games with the family, inside and out. More smiles makes for a brighter home.

fay rainbow83 smith said...

Light coloured curtains or blinds, brightens it all right up!

rena plumridge said...

Try and bring the outdoors indoors ie flowers in vases , scented candles etc

louise said...

Lighter curtains and bedding

Jane Willis said...

Always have fresh, local, seasonal flowers in the home - all the better if they are from your own garden

ZARA said...

Add summery tones around your home :)

sharon martin said...

nothing better than fresh flowers, even better if straight from the garden :0

jane davis said...

clean windows.. make the house brighter

C M said...

Fresh flowers

Alica said...

I always change my curtains & cushions to lighter/brighter ones and have fresh flowers :)

John Tingay said...

Ensure summer-flowering plants are visible through the windows.

Laura Asplin said...

Fresh cut flowers from the garden in the kitchen

Paula Readings said...

Make the most in your garden.

Elena said...

It's a bit silly, but giving my house a good scrub, including cleaning the windows, always helps me enjoy the house more!

Crystal Green said...

clean the windows

Isabell Whitenstall said...

Summer flowers from my garden always seem to brighten up my home

Jen Everdecreasingcircles Engl said...

I love having a clear out in the summer. I get the 6 weeks summer holiday off so it's the perfect time to go through those cupboards and draws.
My tip for brightening up the home during summer is to open those doors and windows and let the summer in. I go out and cut flowers from the garden and bring some of the garden inside.

Erica wicks said...

Open the curtains and cut down any weeds growing outside your windows to let as much light in as possible. Also add a few bright cushions and bright summery pictures to help you get into the summer spirit

Claire Woods said...

Open the curtains. Clean the windows.

lorrainejohnson said...

Have a major clear out, it will brighten up any room for free

Catherine McAlinden said...

I find repainting the gloss work brightens the house up. It's what you first see when you enter my dark hallway, so really helps!

Emily Henderson said...

buy some fresh flowers and have the windows and doors open as much as you can for some fresh summer air

jojones said...

Flowering pot plants adds a nice perfume and brightens the room too with little maintenance

jo johnson said...

Get somebody into clean your carpets and upholstery while its warm

Jen Walshaw said...

I open all the curtains and blinds wide and change our cushion covers

sian hallewell said...

clean those windows, sparkling windows will bring an extra shine

Julie Wainwright said...

Fling open the doors and windows and let the sunlight in! I also love fresh vibrant flowers in the house especially when they are from my garden - beautiful :-)

Mostly Yummy said...

Throw open all of windows and fill the house with fresh flowers from the garden

lisa evans said...

Flowers and open the windows for lovely fresh air!

Danielle Blackstar Rawlings said...

Lots of blues and yellows

Rhi said...

Mirrors, keep the windows bare and open, and some bright flowers make the place look so much more cheerful :)

lou tring said...

Flowers with herbs picked and put in with them for lovely fresh smell. Clearing all the sides down to give you more space. Dust everything. Wash curtains and upholstery. And each year update a piece of old furniture with paint/new handles/some new cushions togive your house a lift.

Christine Caple said...

We have a brighter more summery large rug in the living room in the summer.

Jemma Beynon said...

Windows open and pretty flowers

Joanne Baldwin said...

Get the Windows clean and invest in silk flowers and bright cushions/throws.

Rachie Littleme said...

Flowers in the house makes it feel lovely - like bringing the outside in! We also update our soft furnishings to brighter colours too.

Siobhan Davis said...

Mirrors always brighten up a room and make it look bigger, Light colours also xx

Kim Newsome said...

Having fresh flowers and house plants around

Simon 101 said...

The main thing you need is just a good bit of spring cleaning.

Lynsey Buchanan said...

bright cushions, curtains and rug

fluffypinkmarshmallow said...

Light coloured curtains or blinds.

Leigh Marea Boyle said...

light coloured curtains x

Fanny Tran said...

Bright curtains, bright linens and leave the blinds open for as long as possible to make the sunshine reflect on my glossy furniture to make rooms looks brighter and warmer

isabelle smith said...

flowers! :D

lyn said...

A light coloured rug on the floor opens up the whole room

Kat Lucas said...

I love fresh flowers and as I have a cream suite I am able to brighten up with oranges, yellows, lime greens and such in the Summer and go back to the darker options in the Winter

Andrew Petrie said...

Well cleaned window sills , windows open , and vases of flowers.

Katie Atkinson said...

I lovee Sunflowers! I always have them in the summer!
x

Hayley Knight said...

Clean windows and a frequent quick dust round makes such a difference when the sun shines.

lizlizliz said...

Open the windows and let the sun shine in, and go for a bright floral display.

Andrew Spence said...

freshly cut flowers :-)

Ruth Harwood said...

Definitely some flowers and a few mirrors placed strategically

jma said...

Clean windows

Maxine said...

bunches of summer flowers in colourful vases and some bright new cushions always makes the house feel more sunny!

Ben Audsley said...

add lots of flowers!

Sara Goodman said...

Brightly coloured accessories :)
Super giveaway, thank you. xx

Susan Ellins said...

Spring clean and declutter

David Williams said...

Clean windows and open them too!

Ange White said...

clear out and spring clean..

Mary Chez said...

Fresh Flowers, brightly coloured cushions and throws and lhrow open the windows when weather permits

Abigail Edkins said...

lots of lights in the garden for the evenings, open windows as long as possible and fresh flowers

Tamalyn Roberts said...

lighter curtains so the room feels brighter

Maggie Coates said...

make sure your windows are clean - the sunshine shows up all the streaks. If you need to clean them, don't do it in direct sunlight.

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