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When the weather warms and it’s time to transition into summer décor, it’s nice to keep things simple, so you can spend more of your time enjoying the outdoors before it gets too hot—something we know is right around the corner here in Raleigh, NC!
Fortunately, this year we’ve had an actual — and surprisingly long — spring, which has led many of our home décor clients to ask for ideas on how to add a little extra warmth to their interiors. Here are some easy tips to suit just about any home style:
VACATION-MOOD COLOR PALETTES
The top First Impression tip for any seasonal transition starts with freshening up your colors. As the sun gets brighter, bolder and hotter in June, we gravitate to lighter and/or brighter colors, for instance:
- shades of white, creams, blush pink, or cool blues and greens, help bring the visual temperature down—which can help you feel cooler and more relaxed;
- for a playful, cheerful feel, add pops of color that echo summer blooms: bright yellow or orange, fuchsia, ocean blue, or lime are energizing.
Since bright colors can be very intense, using them for your accessories is a smart way to control the “volume” in your decor. Limit these popsicle colors to throw pillows or light blankets, area rugs, candles or candleholders. Even displays of brightly colored books can liven up your year-round neutrals and remind you of carefree summer vacations.
SPRING TO SUMMER ENTRYWAYS
Since the entry to your home is often what sets the tone for interior décor, we like to freshen up the entryway each season. But since you’re not at your doorway for long, as you transition into summer décor you’ll want to be bold, but not overly detailed.
WREATHS are an easy way to shift the vibe in your home from spring to summer—and they don’t have to be elaborate. You’ll find many options in craft stores and boutiques, or try one of these simple DIY projects we love.
BASKETS bring to mind images of gathering freshly picked flowers or berries; they’re a sure sign of relaxed living and abundance! Bring this warm greeting to your entryway by placing a cheerful basket—straw, ceramic or glass—on a small shelf or table in your foyer. Yours might hold fruit, flowers, candies, or if you have a bright location, nestle one or more pots of herbs inside for a sweet-smelling greeting.
DOORMATS take a beating during the winter months. An easy and effective swap we love to recommend is a fresh new doormat. Choose something easy to hose down or sweep for hassle-free maintenance. From there, let your selection highlight your family’s approach to life, personal style — or give visitors a laugh!
FLEXIBLE & PLAYFUL VIGNETTES
Décor doesn’t always need to be designed around a single dramatic piece. Vignettes are displays of several small items, grouped together in a way that’s attractive—and they can be a delightful focal point that brings personality to your space.
Start with a “neutral” vignette, then add details to easily transition décor for summer and brighten up a corner. Then gather a few items related to a particular space, and add seasonal color. Browse our gallery now for ideas.
More vignette tips to help you transition into summer décor:
- Love lemonade or sweet tea? Assemble a kitchen vignette by grouping a small pitcher, sugar bowl and several glasses on a tray. Add a small mint or lavender plant, a bud vase to hold a perfect single bloom, or even a bowl of lemons.
- For a bathroom vignette place a candle, a tiny piece of art or bud vase, alongside a saucer of pretty molded soaps. Switching out the scents to gardenia or rose may be all you need to bring summer inside.
- Try a tiered tray, too. Choose a few white, light- or bright-colored ceramic or porcelain cups, jugs, or candle holders to be the primary elements on your tiers. Accent with items in a different texture—rolled napkins or hand towels, a trailing plant like a small-leafed fern, some shells, or even a display of colorful markers can add color and personality.
We hope these spark your own ideas for how to transition into summer décor—and encourage you to tag us when you share on social media so we can celebrate your creativity. And of course, if you’d like some help creating your perfect summer look, give us a call!