Decorating & Design

December 23, 2008

Summer Decorating

Flower power

Nothing says summer quite like fresh flowers. For an instant pick up after a long day, set a large glass vase on a tabletop near your front door and keep it stocked with fresh blooms throughout the summer months – you’ll come home each day to a welcoming splash of gorgeous colour and fragrance.

Try out a colour trend

Update your space with a hot new colour trend of the season — citrusy yellow, kelly green or coral pink are timeless and incorporating these lively colours into your décor is easy. Just pick up a few inexpensive pieces like throw pillows, bud vases, mini framed prints, or even a few kitchen tea towels in your favourite sunny hue du jour for a quick hit of not-so serious style. Come September, you’ll be ready to move on to the latest shades for fall.

Cool it down

Decorating with watery blues and greens will bring a refreshing touch to your space. Paired with sandy tans and bright whites, this combination will rejuvenate your space and make your home feel like a breezy, seaside retreat.

Cover up

Slipcovers are the designers’ secret to lightening up dark upholstery during the summer months. Sofas, dining chairs or armchairs will take on a crisp yet casual look covered in white or tan twill slipcovers. Feeling bold? Cover up your favourite armchair with a custom-made slipcover in a colourful summery print.

Conquer the clutter

If spring didn’t get you in the mood for living with less, then the summer heat certainly should. Donate items like used books, unwanted knickknacks and dated furniture to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army for a guilt-free purge. If you’re still feeling a little cramped, re-think your furniture placement to create a better sense of flow.

Go natural

Botanical patterns, organic forms and animal graphics add a whimsical touch of nature to your space. Look for items with nature-inspired themes to incorporate a hint of the great outdoors into your home.

Breezy blinds

Replace dark or heavy drapery with layers of gauzy sheer fabric for a light and whispery window treatment. If extra privacy is needed, add rustic matchstick blinds for a casual cottage look.

Author: Vanessa Smith

Angus Fergusson