Summer Décor Ideas

By Gina G.

          Summer is in full swing.  If you’re looking for ways to incorporate this favorite season into your space, consider some of the most popular summer décors.

Nautical–  A nautical décor is a traditional decorating option to bring the spirit of summer into a space.  Drawing upon the essence of being at sea, nautical décor includes anything relating to sailing.  Common elements to nautical décor are the presence of certain colors and decorative items alluding to boats or the sea.  White, navy and darker wooden colors can represent a nautical theme.  Decorative items such as bleached wooden furniture and wall décor, oars, rope, sails, and other boating items can also contribute to your nautical theme.  Wooden blinds or bamboo shades are great options for window treatments for spaces with this theme.

Tropical–  Nothing screams summer more than a tropically themed décor.  Tropical themed rooms allude to island living and therefore have beachy elements.    To achieve this décor, plants and greenery are essential.  Consider a bamboo plant, or other vine-like plants (hanging or potted) for your space.  Bright, cheerful colors such as aqua, turquoise, coral, tangerine, and canary yellow can add a lightness to a space and therefore represent a tropical theme room.  For your windows, consider solar shades or bamboo shades as they can aid in adding a natural element to the space.

Southwestern–  Southwestern design is a popular option for summer décor as it represents designing with the desert in mind.  Adding greenery such as cactus can be an easy option to decorate a southwestern themed space.  Geometric shapes and patterns representative of Native American culture are essential to this décor.  Rugs, pillows and blankets are typically utilized to incorporate this theme into a room.  Finally, rust, red, blues, oranges, and golds are great paint options for walls in a southwestern décor.

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Beach Home Decor

American Coastal Style

Should evoke a mood or a feeling of casual, breezy, seaside relaxation without bashing you over the head with beachy paraphernalia. American Coastal Style can be broken into subcategories like transitional coastal (my style), coastal cottage, and contemporary coastal. Regardless of which sub-style you prefer, they all have several things in common, tons of natural sunlight, casual furnishings made with natural fibers and textures, ocean inspired color palettes, touches of subtle sparkle from glass and mirrors, and “found”, natural elements from the sea or coast as decor accessories.

Coastal Color Palettes

Choosing the right colors for your walls and decor will immediately help transform your home and give it the feeling of a relaxed coastal environment. The ocean, sky, and sand provide the inspiration for a coastal color palette. Think neutrals like weathered driftwood grays and warm soft sands…Crisp whites like sailboat canvas and sand dollars…Muted greens like beach grass, kelp, and sea glass…Watery sea blues and aquas and..Deep navy and steel grays like the storm clouds over the turbulent oceans.

Let the Light Pour In

Coastal Decor celebrates the sunlight and beautiful vistas. Coastal homes have a multitude of windows allowing natural light to be the main source of illumination in the home. Window treatments are kept simple, light, airy and are rarely ever closed. Think about it, have you ever walked into a beach home that was dark and gloomy? I hope not. So even if you live hundreds of miles inland, go ahead and push back those drapes and let that glorious sunlight pour in. Who would want to obscure a gorgeous beach view anyway?

Casual Furnishings & Natural Fibers

The furniture in coastal decor is anything but stuffy and ostentatious. It should be comfortable and casual, but this does not mean you need to sacrifice style and elegance. Choose natural fibers like rattan, cane, or sea grass for chairs, and jute, sisal, sea grass, or knotted wool for floor coverings.  Slip covered sofas dressed in linen or cotton help keep the look casual, but with kids, a durable utra-suede or outdoor fabrics in sandy shades work well and are practical. Keep linens simple, crisp and clean, and light. And bring in hand painted, distressed accent pieces to round out the look.

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Bring the Islands to New England

Bring the Islands To New England

The winter has come and gone, and it’s finally time to open up your house, and update the decor a little for the season.  A great way to change things up is to decorate with a “tropical theme.” Although this probably prompts images of palm trees and pineapples, don’t worry, there is a tasteful and tactful way to bring this design into your home.

For starters, the most important part of the island style decor is to keep it simple, and use colors that create a calm and tranquil feeling.  For wall colors, go with something very neutral – whites, off whites, and at the
most a color that is very saturated in white (think a color with the feel of water – but not necessarily a vivid blue color).  If you are starting from scratch, stay along the same lines with the furniture – nothing too bold in color or style.

The way to bring in color is through some accents pieces – remember – less is more! You can bring in a pop of color through some side panels on the windows, artwork, or decorative pieces (candles, blankets,
pillows). Think about bringing in a color like a bright green, aqaua, or bright blue – reminiscent of colors you would come across if you were visiting an island.  Don’t forget, you can bring in some pieces with palm trees or pineapples (or any other trends) but keep it to a minimal – once piece looks classic, multiple pieces can overdo a good thing.

A great room to decorate in this style is your bedroom – because after you fall in love with it you can keep it
as your year round getaway – who doesn’t want to retreat to the islands when it’s snowing out?!

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Don’t Feel Blue

Don’t Feel Blue

 To be blue or not to be blue. That is the question. We all love the color blue. Whether it be navy blue, sky blue, electric blue, or powder blue. It’s probably the most popular color. Actually its my favorite color. So why don’t we use blue more often in our home décor? Here are some ideas where you can add the color blue to your home and not feel “blue” about it. 

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What screams summer like sun, beach and ocean?!! To decorate your home with soothing hues and seaside accessories will definitely get you in the summer spirit. The coastal/nautical design delicately brings together traditional and contemporary styles, creating an environment where everyday living evokes feelings of a tranquil seaside vacation. Now, who wouldn’t want that!

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