Summer can lead to seasonal inspiration for the home. All you need to do is take some cues from your wardrobe with a lighter and brighter vibe for your indoor and outdoor rooms.
Incorporate playful patterns, from pink flamingos to strawberry fields, to make your home feel more carefree and casual.
Natural accents like fresh flowers and other greenery, whether store-bought or plucked from your garden, help to blur the lines between inside and out.
Floral patterns also help to carry outdoor themes into indoor settings. Vintage paintings featuring colorful blooms can often be found at flea markets and thrift stores.
Swap out heavier elements like draperies for lighter varieties like linen. Traditional rugs can be replaced with sea grass and sisal styles that convey a laid-back feel.
Coffee table books and other titles that feature summer colors or themes can be displayed around the house along with magazines that highlight the season.
Fruits and veggies from local farmers markets can fill baskets and bowls, adding color and texture to a kitchen or dining area.
Pops of color from pillows and cushions inside and out add personality to a lounge area or any place where you plan to entertain.
Look to nature for inspiration. The soothing colors found in sunsets can be echoed in your home accents, cocktails and snacks. Cocktail napkins with seasonal sayings like “Sun Kissed” or summer themes like pineapples and palm trees can accentuate colorful glassware for gatherings.
Woven elements, from wicker seating to macrame accents add subtle texture with their airy appearance. Table and floor fans keep that summer breeze coming, even on the hottest days of the year.
Plant containers filled with your favorite picks can set your house apart from the rest in the neighborhood. You can tweak these seasonal selections all summer long.
Send a cheerful message with a decorative sign for your front porch that says “Hello Sunshine” or a letter board in the living room that spells out “Summer Vibes Only.”
Sturdy totes that transport towels and blankets for a day at the lake can also stand in as decorative storage near a sofa where they hold extra pillows and throws.
Remember less is more when it comes to summer decor. Editing several elements from each room can make your home look and feel a little lighter. Corral what you have with some colorful trays and other organizers.
Update your travel photos as you visit new destinations that can be added to your gallery walls and tabletop frames.
Check your curb appeal from the street and approach your home as if you were a visitor. If you typically enter from a side door or a garage, you might not know if your front porch makes a good first impression.
Lastly, you can accessorize your outdoor spaces with some garden art that provides a finishing touch. After you get your home in summer mode, all you need to do is sit back and relax and enjoy it while it lasts.
Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at [email protected].
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