July 10, 2012

Bring Summer into Your Home Design

Posted by Treetopia in Decorating Tips

Summer evokes relaxing getaways with family and friends. While not everyone can afford out-of-town vacations, it’s easy to enjoy the refreshing ambiance of the season right in the comfort of the home.

Accentuate your porch

Summer is all about an inviting entryway for outdoor tea time or al fresco dining. Accessorize your porch with potted artificial palm trees in a corner or beside a porch swing or day bed. Plant some cactus in pots and make a terrarium in an aquarium bowl to decorate the porch table. Hang a wreath with bright flowers on the door.

Flaunt vibrant colors and patterns

A fresh coat of paint in bright colors instantly creates a fresh atmosphere. Repaint furniture, walls, doors, and fences in summer hues like yellows and oranges, or cool blues and greens. White is also a favorite as it serves as a perfect backdrop to other decorations.

Choose throw pillow covers, curtains, and beddings in light colors. Look for fun stripes or botanic prints that represent the season like flowers, insects, birds, or beach themes like boats, fishes, and the sea. Bring out brightly colored dishes, too!

Go for light material

For fabrics or furniture, opt for those made of light materials. Sheer or gauzy fabric that flows with every slight breeze is your best choice for curtains. This also works for table cloths and bed covers, but you can also lay a sheer cloth over them to establish a wispy feel.

Instead of heavy wooden furnishing, bring out wicker furniture or metal table and chair sets painted in white. These are ideal for porches or patios at this time of the year.

Let nature in

Revel in the invigorating outdoor ambiance by bringing in hints of nature. Embellish windows with potted plants and fill vases with fresh, colorful flowers. Create a table centerpiece of flowers set on floral foam in a basket or arrange oranges, lemons, and apples on a layered crystal dish. If you have a green thumb, put up a small indoor garden of potted herbs like rosemary and basil on a kitchen sill or a window box.

Bring in natural vibe by using furnishings made of natural materials like bamboo wall décor or framing up pictures or paintings of landscapes. And to complete that comforting feel, purchase scented candles for some aromatherapy.

Bring in the beach

Imagining yourself lounging on the beach? Create a beach retreat in your living room by replacing some of your sofa chairs with a lounge chair made of natural material. Pair it up with some wicker chairs or a side table and you can relax indoors on a hot summer day.

You don’t have to travel or overhaul your home to fully appreciate what summer has to offer. Simple tweaks to home design like additional decorations and modest renovations are enough to create a fresh look.

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