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:
- Swap out your bath towels for whimsical beach towels.
- Buy an inexpensive set of colorful dishes and tropical glasses to use for summertime dining.
- 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!)
- 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.