“In the summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky”, Mungo Jerry used to sing… So don’t miss the chance to bring summer’s festival of colors and lights right into your house with the help of unique and crafty accent pieces. Just follow these simple guidelines and let your imagination do the rest!
As a general style rule: first, remove everything that is too dark or visually heavy. Store away all those shaggy carpets, draped curtains, ceramic vases or Baroque mirrors for two or three months. Bare floors and open windows are the best way to start refreshing your home decor.
Interior designers and architects always remark the importance of entryways. Usually forgotten, this little room can set –or alter– the entire atmosphere and aesthetic of the house. So why not make it a Latin-inspired area with summer accessories?
All you need to do is pick a standard-height narrow table, put it against the background wall and then set a combination of artsy objects on top, like a bowl in stained wood with real dried petals along with a collage of framed foliage to hang on the wall.
Live it up
Common rooms like kitchens, porches or living rooms are great areas for displaying summer accessories, especially sea-themed ones or some with fruit prints. Mix colors, textures, and finishes to achieve a look that is more relaxed, but still modern.
For instance, when you invite friends over, choose hand-painted trays to serve pitchers of cool drinks. Match these with festive hand-loomed table runners or placemats, and a handmade divided wooden server to serve snacks on a coffee or dining table.
Textiles are another design trick to get a summery décor. Dress your furniture with slipcovers in pure white and give them a splash of citrus hues with cushions in lemon green, yellow, watermelon red or aqua blue.
The point of having a beautifully styled home is to make you feel at ease as well as enjoy your privacy. Pamper yourself by creating a beauty spot in the bathroom or on a shelf of your walk-in closet.
Select a vibrant handmade wooden platter as a vanity tray to keep your perfumes and cosmetics organized. Add a different piece –for example, an exotic wooden box– for the gentlemen. Remember to change the bedding for a light duvet or hand-loomed organic cotton coverlet to sleep better during the nights.
What’s on trend this summer?
Marble motives! Cold and luxurious, this material is one of the absolute favorites this year. Besides countertops or solid floors, its natural streaks are seen on wallpapers, fabrics, tea mugs, towels, clothing and so on.
If you would like to replicate this pattern, paint glass or ceramic vases, pillow cases or even some discarded picture frames to place around your home. You will have a set of summer accessories that are both fun and trendy.