In most re­gions of Aus­tralia, spring has most def­i­nitely sprung. And from all ac­counts we’re in for a long, hot and dry sum­mer. Cli­mate pol­i­tics aside, it’s hard not to see and feel that our sum­mers are get­ting longer and hot­ter.

Tra­di­tion­ally at the end of win­ter, peo­ple are in­spired to give their homes an over­haul. Spring is the time to clear the clut­ter, clean, re­fresh our liv­ing spa­ces and make plenty of room for fresh air to cir­cu­late.

It’s also time to re­assess the look and feel of your liv­ing spa­ces. Heavy ma­te­ri­als and fur­ni­ture in­creas­ingly feel out of place in our heat­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Aside from the vis­ual ap­peal, there’s another rea­son why trop­i­cal-style fur­ni­ture and ma­te­ri­als are grow­ing more pop­u­lar – they re­flect our en­vi­ron­ment.

Top of my list is lust­ing after some new, boho-in­spired light fur­ni­ture, espe­cially for the bed­room. In­te­ri­ors Online for in­stance has an en­tire bed­head col­lec­tion that re­flects today’s stylish, cool sum­mer look from clas­si­cal trop­i­cal cane to In­dian carved bed­heads and beau­ti­ful Provin­cial French in­spired rat­tan bed­heads.

One word of warn­ing, rat­tan, cane and bam­boo pieces are, by na­ture, not the stur­di­est and strong­est pieces of fur­ni­ture. Com­prised of lighter nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, they can de­te­ri­o­rate if not pro­tected from the el­e­ments or the rough and tum­ble of young chil­dren.

To go with your nat­u­ral fur­ni­ture, sum­mer soft fab­rics are lighter, of­ten with na­ture-based or nau­ti­cal theme prints. You don’t need to go high end on th­ese, there are some great cush­ions that can be found for less than $20 in many of the larger stores.

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