Design Tips

Easy, Breezy Summertime Style

What happened to spring? It seems as though summer arrived a bit early this year, doesn’t it? Well no matter the date on the calendar, as the temperatures start to rise, I feel the need to create a casual, laid-back, dog days of summer feel in my home.

Making simple changes to your interior spaces can transition your rooms from season to season. I once had a colorful, tropical print slipcover that I used to transform my more wintery upholstered sofa in the summer. That simple slipcover took my sofa from buttoned up to cheerful and carefree. Replacing my formal area rug with a casual grass cloth rug finished the look and voilà, an instant Caribbean hideaway right here in St. Louis.

Here are a few more ways to lighten and brighten your décor for some easy, breezy summertime style:

  1. Swap out your bath towels for whimsical beach towels.
  2. Buy an inexpensive set of colorful dishes and tropical glasses to use for summertime dining.
  3. Pick up a couple of large pal frond plants at Home Depot. (I can guarantee I will always kill them by the end of the summer!)
  4. Paint your walls white with the palest hint of peach – it will go with everything. Here are three classics by Benjamin Moore: Alabaster, Sand Dollar, and White Opulence.

If the beach is calling your name, it’s not difficult to create a coastal vibe in your home, even if you’re smack dab in the middle of Missouri. When my clients moved to their new residence, they left behind a home that was very traditional with old English furniture and a heavy feel. They wanted their new place to be light, airy, laid-back and easy for entertaining. Here are a few ways we brought the beach to their Midwestern doorstep. You could easily incorporate these ideas into your summertime décor, too.

Oval brown wooden dining table with wicker chairs inside room

Trade your regular dining table centerpiece for a showstopping large clamshell filled with starfish, coral and tropical blooms and replace traditional dining chairs with woven rattan. Photo by Michael Jacob

Round gray metal framed clear glass-top end table beside white fabric recliner

For a simple coastal ‘pop,’ add a fan coral pillow to your favorite chair. Photo by Michael Jacob

Square brown wooden based bathtub with blue and yellow starfish rug

Add a pastel painting of sand and surf in your master bathroom, and replace your everyday bath mat with a starfish rug for a beachy feel underfoot. Photo by Michael Jacob

Potted orange bromeliad flower inside room

Fill an étagère with nothing but white seashells in all shapes and sizes for a summery style statement. Photo by Michael Jacob

White and blue bed beside turned on table lamp inside room

Slipcover comfy chairs in white for a light, warm weather vibe and add pastel pillows that remind you of the beach. Photo by Michael Jacob

White and brown bathroom vanity

Even the small hall bath in this home got some Vitamin “Sea.” A mermaid bathing in a clamshell is the perfect finishing touch, don’t you think? Remember, it’s all in the details! Photo by Michael Jacob

No matter what your ‘regular’ décor is, there are lots of ways to switch things up and make it feel like summer inside. If you need some help making your home warm weather wonderful, give us a call at 314.560-0830 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

Our coastal home project was featured in Studio 3 magazine. CLICK HERE to read the story.

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White 2-seat couch beside flower wallpaperRectangular brown wooden table