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Summer is here and you’re probably starting to think about throwing BBQs and parties, so how can you spruce up your home, ready for all those guests?

It may not be sunny right now, but if you’re anything like us, you’re probably living in hope that the weather man will take his thunderstorms and magically transform them into hot, cloud-free days. Your first summer party is waiting in the wings and we’ve got just the thing to help you prepare – instant updates to spruce up your home.

Colourful cushions

Colourful cushions

Colourful cushions are the perfect way to brighten up your living room for summer, and they tap right into one of the season’s hottest trends – bold colour combination. Mix them up with different shapes and sizes – and don’t be afraid to let the colours and patterns clash.

Life is beautiful cushion, £16, BHS Trinity Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.

Chalk Paint

Ecos Chalk Clock

A lick of paint can make all the difference to a tired room – but this particular kind gives you the flexibility to change the look of your room monthly, weekly or even daily. Paint an entire wall and adorn it with your chalk creations – or create your own little chalkboard with masking tape and use it for anything from your shopping list to your calendar.

Chalkboard paint in Teal, £27 per litre, available online from Ecos Paint.

Lovely lampshades

Dunelm Mill Lamps

One of the best ways to update your home is to throw out those out-of-date lampshades and replace them with something bang on trend. Whether you’re adding a splash of colour to a minimalist room or something standout to create a beautiful focal point, the right light can make all the difference.

Oslo Gloss Bamboo Dome Pendant Red, £19.99, Dunelm, Spence Lane, Leeds, LS12 1EF.

Frame your friends

Oliver Bonas Frames

What better way to prepare for all your mates coming round than by framing them? Gather all your old frames together, update the pictures inside and create a new display. If they’re looking particularly shabby, a lick of paint will sort them out. Top tip, if you’re hanging them on the wall, use Command Strips, so you can reorganise them whenever you want without peeling the paint off or putting holes in the walls.

Oliver Bonas Frames, from £12.50 each, available to buy online.

Paper decorations

Honeycomb Paper Balls

It doesn’t get more cheap and cheerful than this. These paper balls cost just £6 each and they’re super flexible. They come in a whole host of colours, so grab a few and create a colourful display by hanging them from the ceiling or collecting them together in one big basket.

Paper decorations, £6 each, available online from Petra Boarse.

Cover image courtesy of Petra Boarse. Images from top to bottom: BHS, Ecos Paint, Dunelm, Oliver Bonas Frames & Petra Boarse.