While most households may have packed away heavy carpets and drapes from winter, a little effort can go a long way to help shift the look of your house in a few easy steps.
Changing the way your lounge looks or how your bedrooms appear during any season is about colors, texture, and accessories. Dark, heavy textures or colours, which have given your home a cozy, comfortable appearance during winter, may not serve to create the same effect during warm season.
What to choose and how to make your interiors attractive yet comfortable during summer!
“Summer is about relaxing and enjoying the season. From cooling interior colour palettes to opting for casual interiors over the stuffy formal ones, summer decor ideas are easy. Do you have a summer beach house, or would you like your apartment to feel like a summer beach house! Either way, the warm outdoors and cool evening breeze make your home the ideal place to entertain and relax – all it needs is small changes in colour, texture and accessories to make it possible,” Parul Walecha, a Delhi-based architect and interior designer, says.
Here are some tips to keep in mind while converting your interiors this season:
Choose neutrals and highlight with a few colours from a colour palette which is closer to your taste. Try colour blocking. If you choose to work with pink, use various shades from the pink family in decor – be it accessories or upholstery. Use multiple shades of the same colour and use a metallic tone of the same as highlight. Throw in bright shades as a happy contrast on neutral shades.
Dark, muted tones are perfect for fall and winter, but spring and summer scream for light and airy colours. Use removable slipcovers, or decorative throws to bring bursts of colour and brightness. Prefer whites and neutrals? White and khaki slipcovers are casual but can be dressed up with formal throw pillows in an instant.
When you want to bring in the cool night air, and keep out the hot summer sun use curtains instead of drapery. Drapery material is heavy and dark, while curtains paired with sheers can give you flexibility in the summer months. If you prefer to savour the view, and not cover up the windows, use valances. Valances in summer textures and colours will leave your windows looking finished, with an obstructed view.
BRING IN THE OUTDOORS
When you think of summer, it’s all about the feelings of the outdoors.
Flowers, plants, and fresh fruit centrepieces make your home smell aromatic and look beautiful. For a more rustic feel, try bringing in ecofriendly material like bamboo, hemp, and jute area rugs.
These materials bring an exotic and natural feeling of the outdoors in. Remember, entertaining outdoors will also give a welcome break to being inside. Summer is about being flexible and spontaneous!
What better way to welcome summer into your home, than looking at a breath-taking view?
Maximize your furniture placement by facing it towards your ocean view, pool, or lush green yard. Enjoyment of your home is based on your emotions. If opening windows to hear nature makes you feel good, do it! Don’t love the view from your windows! Buy a painting or wall decor whose look and feel you love.
Let’s face it, kids are out of school and summer time means kids around the house!
Make sure fabrics and slipcovers are machine washable, and are casual and fun! Make summer time arts and crafts projects with sea shells, pine cones, and nature inspired finds, which the kids can pick out. Their projects can turn into summer decor that you display proudly around your home!
Enjoy your summer, enjoy the calm, soothing interiors, in style!