When the weather perks up and announces the arrival of summer, it’s easy to be lulled by thoughts of lounging on a warm, sunny beach. Why not give your home that breezy look and feel year-round? Start with the kitchen and bath (they are the easiest places to begin) and in no time your home will feel like you’re sitting under an umbrella, listening to the crashing waves, with a cold beverage in hand.
Go for Summer Shades: From wall color to accessories, you’ll want to choose colors that inspire a feeling of the ocean. Try a pastel palette of foamy Nano White, the sandy taupe of Translucent Silk, or the petal-like Cupcake Pink. On the other end of the spectrum are vibrant summer colors like Park Picnic green or Beacon Blue. There’s also sunset shades like Yellow Groove and juicy hues like Tart Orange. Any of these colors will bring a costal feeling into your home.
Incorporate Summery Fabrics and Textures: From a clothing perspective, we often associate warmer weather with lighter fabrics—apply the same idea to your home. Lightweight cottons and sheers for window treatments give your space a softer wind-off-the ocean feel or switch to bamboo blinds to bring a natural element reminiscent of the tropics. Consider furniture upholstered in hemp or linen and built of light-colored wood or wicker. Instead of heavy wool area rugs, consider ones made of cotton or jute. For everyday textiles, like bath or kitchen towels, lighter Turkish towels will do the trick—they’re also perfect for hot weather and humid climates because they dry faster than a regular towel.
Refresh Your Scents: Pine scents and pumpkin spice are great for adding warmth in cooler months—put away your seasonal products and pull them out when you’re ready to settle down for winter. Until then, change out your hand lotions, soaps and household cleansers for ones with a lighter, natural scent that produce a feeling of tranquility. Citrus, lavender and cotton scents all evoke the gentle aromas of summer.
Switch Up your Accessories: Decorative beach baskets (perfect for storage) feel warm-weather appropriate, as do glass bowls in varying colors or textures, reminiscent of sea glass. Change the art in your kitchen and bath to something more shore-centered—think landscapes of horizons over the ocean or watercolors in azure tones. Be sure to pick pieces that can stand up to the moisture generated in both of those rooms. Incorporate shells (especially ones that you’ve gathered from past vacations), driftwood, reeds and palm plants to add a natural detail that works well when displayed on a table or shelf.
Continue the summer vibe in the kitchen, with a tablescape that feels as if it came from an oceanfront café. Select glassware tinted in blue or green—or find a set with natural air-bubble detail. The same applies to your dinnerware—set your table with plates and bowls in summer colors or classic muted white.
For additional home decorating ideas, check out these bathroom makeover tips or these spring and summer kitchen trends.