February 28, 2020 2 min read

Spring is so close we can taste it, and after the brutally cold Chicago winter we’ve just experienced, it’s only natural to start dreaming about warm summer days. Even though it’s only March, now is the perfect time to start thinking about sprucing up your outdoor space, so you can enjoy it as soon as the weather is ready to cooperate. With that in mind, we have a few tips to help you with getting your outdoor space ready for summer. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your balcony or want a full redesign of your patio space, we’ve got you covered.

Some people like to paint the ceiling of their porches a light blue-green color. While this tradition started in Southern homes in the areas of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GAto ward off evil spirits, the practice has quickly spread across the country and boasts several benefits you may want to take advantage of. There are some claims that this color can help ward off insects from your outdoor space because it tricks them into thinking the blue paint is the sky, so they won’t nest there. If you want to add “haint blue” to your outdoor space, we offer a ton ofbeautiful exterior paint optionsfrom Benjamin Moore, and our color consultations can help you find exactly the right shade.

Maybe you’re looking to add a little more shade or UV protection to your patio area. Designer Screen Shades from Hunter Douglas are a fantastic option. The screen fabric won’t obstruct your views, but it will provide light control and UV protection to keep your furniture and family safe from the sun’s harmful rays. There are many different colors available to perfectly complement your existing décor, and to make them even better, these shades can be motorized for added convenience.

So, naturally, we have great options for outdoor paint and window treatments, but what if you want to really make a statement with your exterior space? Consider choosing a stylish wallpaper! Now, you may be thinking, “Wallpaper outside? Have they lost their minds?” but hear us out. While it won’t actually be paper based, we do have some great options for wallcoverings that can successfully be used on the exterior of your home, like vinyl options. Talk to one of our design experts to see if this option is right for your design goals.

For more suggestions on getting your outdoor space ready for summer,contactthe friendly experts at JC Licht today! We have tons of showrooms in and around the greater Chicago, Illinois area, including Glencoe and Andersonville, IL, so there’s certain to be one that’s convenient for you. We also offer in-home window treatment and color consultations to help you bring your vision to life. Call us today for help with your next project, and we’ll make it happen!



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