Photo Gallery: Summer Decorating
Tips on using wicker, wood & glass.
Panel moulding and a chair rail look grand.
This feminine space has a timeless, sophisticated style. Here, a settee and two armchairs upholstered in pea green velvet were updated with glossy white-painted frames. A sleek chrome and glass drum table sits elegantly between the chairs. Pearly white walls keep the overall look light and fresh.
A crisp palette and beachy accents put the “chic” in shabby-chic.
Architect Alexander Latham designed this summer home with the owner’s “Carolinas inspiration” in mind. The owner pined for the wraparound porches and weathered-shingle façades of the south. The interior plays on the same theme with crisp white walls, slipcovered white furniture, and pops of brown and green. The owner scoured her favourite shops and outdoor antique markets, hunting for vintage finds and items with patina and worn paint — anything that would give the new-build home a feeling of history.
For more traditional inspiration photos, see our Traditional Cottages photo gallery.
Bright and cheerful prints inject an instant dose of playful style to a space.
Black and white furniture, a zebra-print rug and chalky azure walls let the peonies bloom in this design.
Black shutters and wicker seating channel a Victorian conservatory.
The dark paver stone floor and glossy wicker chairs made the sunroom in the 2010 Princess Margaret Showhome a crowd-pleaser. The sofa is softly upholstered, with a bench seat and exposed welted seams. The bright red in the cushions and rug adds a punch of colour to the space.
Plus, see more Beautiful Sunrooms in our photo gallery.
Get a summer-chic look with glass lamps and bold florals.
Old wooden screens make a charming headboard in this principal bedroom, where the white palette is enlivened with a hit of spring-fresh chartreuse. Learn how to make a lively DIY painted rug similar to the one pictured.
See more photos in our White Cottages gallery.
Reclaimed beams along the headboard, rustic floorboards and a driftwood bedside table add a natural, raw look.
Fresh white walls and pretty patterned bed linens add a feminine touch to the industrial reading lamps and unfinished wood beams.
See more of this beautiful home in the May 2008 issue.
Pattern and fun hues add a fresh twist to a grand room.
With its sea-glass-inspired shades, this space couldn’t possibly be more soothing. The ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore Serenity (2055-60) to mimic the sky, while the walls are coated in Fresh Cut Grass (2026-50). Ceiling-height drapes trimmed in the room’s two signature colours make for an unexpected detail and a David Hicks rug adds a hit of geometric print.
Rugs made from natural fibres create a beachy feel.
An affordable way to update a room for summer? Pick up a large rug made from sisal or seagrass. The rough fibres, tight weave and neutral tones are kid-friendly and suit nearly any style of room. Ikea has several styles and sizes, for instance.
Try this fresh hue in a graphic pattern for a bold hit of colour and texture.
While there are more shades of green than any other colour in the spectrum, classic kelly green is a particularly pretty choice for interiors, where it mingles effortlessly with everything from brights to whites. In this bedroom, painting trim the same verdant hue as the wallpaper’s graphic trellis pattern produces a more decorated look, while strategic hits of black add urban polish.
See more rooms with colourful painted trims in our photo gallery.
Chemical free poured concrete makes this space modern and energy efficient.
Refreshing white walls, a soothing neutral palette and woven textures will help you keep your cool all summer long.
One bright paint colour in an ocean hue is an easy way to brighten a bathroom.
Vintage pieces, lakeside hues and beadboard paneling evoke fond camp and cottage memories.
A tailored white sofa, glass and chrome tables, cow-hide rug and pale-green walls combine elegantly in this design.
Decorating with pale greens and yellows injects summer style, while mirrors, glass and chrome keep the look sophisticated.
A patterned screen, bright colours and painted furniture give this living room design bohemian flair.
Vintage wicker is a hot find these days and it’s easy to breathe new life into second-hand pieces with paint. Glossy black lacquer paint revitalizes this sofa set while reupholstered cushions, covered in a bold patterned fabric, create a look that’s fresh and current.
Beamed ceilings, floral accents and wood floors are perfect when decorating a cottage or country space.
Sheer drapes, painted ceiling beams and layers of watery blue, green and white bedding give this bedroom a beach house feel.
Painted furniture with storage, wood lattice walls and wire baskets add organization and style to this entryway.
In this mudroom, a kelly green painted bench works in combination with the rest of the space’s elements to create a cheerful, garden-inspired theme.
See more organized family homes in our photo gallery.