Summer DIY Projects

The sunny season is here and that means it's time to spruce up your home ahead of the onslaught of visitors that will no doubt flow in over the coming months.

As daylight saving is kicking in and the weather heats up, it's time to start entertaining and dining outdoors whenever possible. Now is a good time to update your outdoor furniture and give the barbecue a thorough clean.

It's also a great time to think about new garden ideas to spruce up your space. Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint on pot plants can lift a garden from drab to fab. You could get really creative and repurpose old books, gumboots and tyres into plant holders that will add a quirky touch to your outdoor area.

Have a think about new colour schemes you can use throughout your property. You might want to keep things uniform and cohesive with a simple palette, or mix things up with clashing colours and patterns.

If you like splashes of bright colour, look to the experts for tips on what's hot for the coming months. Leading colour expert Pantone has announced cayenne, freesia and celosia orange as some of the hottest colours for 2014, so if you want to get ahead of the fashion pack you could consider adding splashes of these colours to your decor.

If you like the idea of lounging the summer away, why not make your own hammock? While you can buy many varieties in stores and online, a DIY version can add a touch of homemade chic to your backyard. All you need is an old sheet and some sturdy rope.

Once you've completed your home's makeover, you can recline in your homemade hammock and admire your handiwork.

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