Easy ways to brighten up your home this summer

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Looking for advice on where to start to ensure your house and garden is Summer ready, HPM Ambassadors and home renovation experts, Josh and Jenna Densten, share their advice for planning and upgrading the home with easy and affordable tips.

Josh and Jenna comment, “There is no better time to beat the heat or prepare for the summer entertaining season than with small modifications and upgrades that will summer proof your home. There are many easy and affordable ways to uplift your home, like where to place lighting in the garden or around the outdoor area, meaning you can welcome family and loved ones with confidence. We have also carefully designed our dream home to suit Melbourne’s extremely hot summers and to ensure it cools efficiently and help reduce energy consumption.”

Get pool party ready
With the summer swimming season around the corner, now is the perfect time to get pool party ready with smart home automation outdoor switches and sockets suited for the outdoors, AQUA with Netatmo. Rain, hail or shine, these weather and dustproof switches are designed to withstand Australia’s toughest weather conditions, even summer.

AQUA with Netatmo allows you to control your pool pump, outdoor flood lights, fairy lights or shutters for the alfresco area, from your smartphone or any popular digital assistant.

Chill out with these FAN-tastic ceiling fans
Whether it’s a delicate draught or strong breeze, ensure your guests are kept cool and relaxed with HPM’s new range of ultra-quiet Inspire ceiling fans suitable for in the home and undercover outdoor entertaining areas. Many owners are opting for their ceiling fans to be situation above dining tables, kitchens and entertaining spaces, as they can double as an inspect and pest deterrent by continuously circulating a breeze that will keep mosquitoes and other bugs at bay.

It can also be beneficial for ceiling fans to complement the air conditioner to help circulate the warm air in the home. Benefits of this include energy savings by increasing the efficiency of your air conditioning to cool the house down and reducing your electricity bill significantly.

Varying from stainless steel, aluminium and rattan, HPM will have a style to suit your décor. Ceiling fans can be more suitable than standing or desk fans, as they save space, can look part of the décor and are much safer for small children and pets. The white HPM Aluminium Ceiling Fan is ideal for blending in with white ceilings and minimal colour schemes, making it unobtrusive to the eye. Although, you might like to make your fan a feature, like the rattan ceiling fan which is reminiscent of colonial romance and long summer afternoons.

Brighten up your garden and alfresco area
Don’t let the fun stop once the sun goes down as there are several ways you can create an ambience with decorative lighting outdoors and in the garden. Uplighting with LED Spotlights is a great way to add instant drama to large trees and plants, water features, ponds and sculptures, or highlight key elements of your backyard. Create ambience in your garden by using Bollard Walklights to illuminate garden pathways, uneven surfaces and driveways. Deck and step lights are a great way to add light to stairways, also acting as a safety feature for your home.

Floodlights are suitable for covering larger spaces, particularly the driveway, large backyards, the side of the house and the pool area. We recommend using sensor activated floodlights so that the light comes on as soon as movement is detected. To ensure the floodlights light your way when you arrive home from work or late at night, use Arteor with Netatmo smart switches and sockets to control these from your smartphone ahead of your arrival. The Home+Control app will allow your personalised ‘Home’ scenario to be triggered when you are within a 100 metre radius from home thanks to geo-fencing technology, making your floodlights light up your entrance, lights within the house switch on and air-con begin cooling down the house.

Light your deck like a pro
HPM’s contemporary lighting range includes a collection stylish finishes in silver and black to complement your spaces to create the ultimate mood lighting for outdoor entertaining. Use Up/Down lights like the contemporary HPM KYRA and HPM OSCILLA at your entrance way to add texture and visual delight.

Install a sound system to make every day a blast
No outdoor barbeque or lunch is complete without a summer playlist to set the mood. Share the tunes or prepare Christmas lunch in the kitchen listening to all your favourite songs through HPM’s VIVO Bluetooth Sound Diffusion Kit, an integrated speaker system that connects with any device via Bluetooth.

The HPM VIVO Bluetooth Sound Diffusion Kit is perfect for installing in your children’s bedroom, allowing the ability to play white noise or educational programs without the worry of battery life and connecting cords!

All products are available from leading hardware stores nationally. Visit hpm.com.au to locate a store.