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My top five decor updates for summer are inspired by the interchange between indoors and out. Yes, it might be a tad too chilly to lay in the sun, and yes, it’s not quite Memorial Day, but it’s never too soon to dream of lazy days and a sun-kissed glow on your cheeks. That said, nothing says summer more to me than boldly striped awnings on an old fashioned porch. You can bring that lemonade-hazed feeling indoors with a variety of decor tricks. From simple striped cotton rugs and slipcovers to lighting, stripes add a bold and summery feel to interiors.
Fun flush mount striped kitchen ceiling lights like this giclee ceiling light might be the way to make a simple update to your home. Rest assured you can find similar flush mounts in a variety of other colors and patterns. Unlike the basic choices of the past, you can find a wide range of styles in ceiling lights today for kitchens, bathrooms, halls and bathrooms.
Obviously florals are a classic summer design theme. There is good reason that the British use floral chintz in their homes... the dreary English weather forces them indoors where they can only dream of summer days. Flowered fabric and accents keep an interior cheerful all year round.
Of course while floral fabric is a sure fire way to brighten a space, why not try something a tad more unexpected. This floral jar porcelain table lamp is a touch of the English Countryside without enduring jet lag. Because it is a bold choice for lighting, it will probably look good against and near simple, monochromatic walls and furniture.
Incorporating garden green is another way of bringing nature indoors. While applying a bold green trellis wallpaper may be way too much for you, including green as an accent in your home will instantly bring summer inside. After all, green is the color of nature.
I love fun accent tables in the “style of” garden seats. Personally I can’t get enough of small accent tables. They fit everywhere, from next to chairs and sofas to chaise lounges and desks. You name it, you will always have a need for these little rascals. The nice thing about small accent tables is that they are extremely portable. From moving them around the house to outside in the yard or on a balcony, they are the perfect piece of furniture.
While I would ever leave this chic polished nickel accent table outside, it does resembles a glamorous version of a rustic outdoor table.
Anything woven gives off a casual, almost island feel when brought indoors. Casual elegance is how most people want to live, so I think contemplating woven or rattan materials is “of the moment.”
Hello rattan-style poof! This woven cylinder stool is great for weary feet and extra seating for the kids. I suppose the only thing missing after you implement summer decor at home is the official start of summer.
Images: Bogle Street, House of Turquoise
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
Very nice! These actually look summer ready and they could actually help with the heat that we will enduring throughout the season.
Glad you liked it!