20 April 2015

5 Fantastic Summer Decorating Tips


In anticipation of warmer weather, give your house a mini-makeover with a few creative decorating tips. You can easily transform your rooms from comfy cozy, to bright and airy in as little as a weekend!

After months of bundling up under sweaters, coats, corduroys and boots, we are eager to break out our shorts, tees and flip flops to enjoy all that warm weather has to offer. The same logic applies to our homes. During the winter, we instinctively want to insulate our rooms against the winter chill. As temperatures gradually increase, we feel the urge to replace rich, seasonal hues and heavy throws in favor of light fabrics and fresh colors.

Bring the Outdoors In
Nothing says warm weather like decorating with flowers and plants. The flowers can be fresh cuttings or those of the potted variety. Small trees are also a great way to add a sense of the great outdoors in your home. Whether you prefer palms, citrus or ficus trees--large-scale plants really add warm weather personality to a room.

If you can’t afford big plants, opt for smaller potted plants and place them on stands to provide height. One of the most cost-effective ways to display indoor plants is to keep them in their original containers and place them in beautiful baskets fitted with plastic saucers.

To please the resident gourmet cook—consider cultivating your own herb garden. Place them on a sunny windowsill and you’ll be harvesting your favorite aromatic seasonings in no time!

Invite the Indoors Out
A great way to blur the line between indoor and outdoor spaces is to create a room on your patio. An al fresco dining area complete with placemats, candles and dinnerware will make warm weather dining a delight.

Create an outdoor living room by dressing your wicker or iron furniture pieces with new cushions and pillows. Add comfort underfoot with a weather-resistant area rug. A couple of side tables and accessories will give you another welcoming space to entertain family and friends.

Lighten Your Fabrics
Free your rooms of heavy throws, blankets comforters and curtains. Switch out bulky bedding with crisp, white cotton linens. Top the bed with a lightweight comforter and duvet cover in a pastel Ikat, watercolor floral or bright chevron pattern.

Replace your velvet or woven insulated curtains with billowy, cotton gauze panels to let in the sun and breezes. If you love your comfy chenille sofa and chairs, but want to change things up for warm weather, try covering them in ivory cotton duck slipcovers. Your revived furniture will be the perfect backdrop for an array of sherbet-colored pillows.

Go Au Naturel
No, not that way! We're referring to organic materials as part of your design scheme. Beeswax candles nestled in a hurricane filled with polished stones, shells or sea glass makes a enchanting centerpiece.

Scour the neighborhood for branches, seed pods and other nature-inspired elements to incorporate into your decor. Driftwood or chunky grapevine branches make beautiful accents for the mantel. Baskets in a variety of shapes and sizes will keep you organized and give your room a natural feel.

Play With Furniture Placement
Remember, as a child, how much fun you had rearranging your bedroom? You still can! It’s one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to change your decor—and it costs you absolutely nothing.

Remove a few pieces of heavy furniture to create an airy, open feel even in the smallest of rooms. Redirect furniture to focus on outdoor views rather than the fireplace or television. Remember, less is more when it comes to warm weather decorating.

Warm Weather Decorating Checklist:
  • Use different pillows
  • Change Accessories
  • Switch Heavy Curtains for Sheers
  • Slipcover the Furniture in a Light Fabric
  • Add Plants and Flowers
  • Set Up an Outdoor Living Area
  • Rearrange Your Furniture
SOURCES
http://www.coastalliving.com/homes/idea-houses/10th-anniversary-idea-house

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