With sunny days and alfresco dinner parties on the horizon, our thoughts have turned to easy breezy summer decorating. To find out what looks we’ll be seeing everywhere, we reached out to some of our favorite designers for their summer decorating plans. From bold entryways to natural materials and beachy style, scroll down and see what they had to say!
Aly Velji On Vibrant Front Doors
“I love a bold entryway, and what better way to do this than to paint your front door a stunning color. This is a great option if you want to change up the look of your home for the summer and create some curb appeal. I’m in love with yellow as it’s bright, sunny and truly makes people smile.”
Photographer: Joel Klassen (door); Colin Way (portrait)
Designer: Aly Velji, Alykhan Velji Designs; Builder: Alloy Homes
Alicia Ruach On The Easy, Breezy Aesthetic
“I love the contemporary beach house vibe! The warm wood tones and crisp whites juxtaposed with black accents add a punch of drama and interest. This style is a sophisticated coastal retreat that you would find on the picturesque coasts of South Africa.”
Photographer: Courtesy of Alicia Ruach Design + Co.
Designer: Alicia Ruach, Alicia Ruach Design + Co.
Sarah Atiq On Breaking Design Expectations
“One of the biggest trends for summer is reimagining our spaces to suit our new daily routines. For instance, many of us do not need a formal dining/living room at the front of the house as much as we need a home office right now! A desk, beautiful chair and storage pieces instantly makes this space into an office. Adding in a comfortable chair and floor lamp makes for the perfect space to curl up and catch up on your favorite book. Remember, your home is your space. Imagine it the way it works for you.”
Photographer: Saleme Fayad
Designer: Sarah Atiq, Sarah Atiq Interiors
Stephanie Smith & Jenelle Erickson On Nature-Inspired Accents
“Organic elements, such as natural wood accents and greenery, soften spaces, giving them a relaxed summer feel. Bring in some fresh cut florals or foliage from the garden to add an instant boost of life to any room!”
Photographer: Substance (kitchen); Kara Rohl Photography (portrait)
Designer: Stephanie Smith & Jenelle Erickson, SmithErickson Designs
Ami McKay On Serene Outdoor Spaces
“This summer is about all things natural, tonal and textural. With staying home becoming more important than ever, I’m working with my clients to make the most of their outdoor spaces. We’ve been creating sanctuaries and spaces to gather, in a way that nurtures feelings of coziness, joy and relaxation.”
Photographer: Janis Nicolay
Designer: Ami McKay, Pure Design Inc.
Brenda Danso On Dramatic Entryways
“A high-contrast entrance is the ideal statement for first impressions. A dark-toned door and fresh hydrangeas is enough to spark joy in the hearts of your guests.”
Photographer: Janelle Gokule Interior
Designer: Brenda Danso, BD Interior Design
Karin Bohn On Natural Wood
“I’m all about finding new ways to use natural materials in my work. This year, the House of Bohn team and I experimented with a new wood application for millwork which is a rotary cut red oak. I love exposing the rich and textural quality of wood grain. While plywood is typically viewed as an inexpensive material, when you look closely at it, it really does have a unique and beautiful wood grain quality to it. I can’t think of a better summer trend than bringing the outdoors inside, and this gorgeous millwork certainly does exactly that.”
Photographer: Courtesy of Karin Bohn & House of Bohn
Designer: Karin Bohn, House of Bohn
Melanie Cherrier On California-Cool Style
“For me, the summer season is all about white floors and distressed old wood furniture. White flooring gives that
beachy vibe, while also making spaces seem larger and brighter. Combined with distressed wooden pieces, like this perfect oversized coffee table, it adds that chilled-out seaside feel.
Photographer: Andre Rider
Source: House & Home April 2018
Designer: Melanie Cherrier, Blanc Marine Living
Lynne & Tristan Knowlton On Entertaining Outdoors
“Create an oasis on your porch or patio with plants and earthy tones! Outdoor rooms have it all: somewhere to relax, dine and be entertained, all at once. Creating a cozy place to sit, sheltered from the elements, is a great way to make use of your outdoor space. Use furniture that is multipurpose and tables that can easily be moved around to accommodate the mood and the space. Pair black accents with natural wood and greenery, and add soft textured elements, like jute, neutral rugs and patterned pillows. Classic, simple pieces blend naturally with mother nature.”
Photographer: Lynne & Tristan Knowlton
Designer: Lynne & Tristan Knowlton, Knowlton & Co.
Luke Havekes On Statement Carpets
“Anything but basic carpets, please! I come from a maximalist interior design camp, so for me ‘more is more’ and carpets are no exception. In this case, a kilim patchwork carpet from Turkey has found its home in the living room of my new country home in Knowlton, Quebec. By pairing this fun and summery kaleidoscopic piece with upholstered furniture covered in solid neutral tones, along with a grounding natural grasscloth wall covering and airy linen window treatments, the pattern on the carpet really pops. It gives this room in the country an effortless summer-chic vibe.”
Photographer: Courtesy of Luke Havekes (living room); Maxime Desbiens (portrait)
Designer: Luke Havekes