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A Summer Wardrobe for Your Home
Story Updated: Jul 2, 2012
The weather is heating up and the sun is shining brighter – this isn’t sweater weather anymore, so why is your sofa still covered in chunky throws and your windows heavy with thick velvet drapes? It’s time to lighten up your interior space and brighten your home’s décor with these summer style tips from the design experts.
It’s All About Color
The season’s color palette is big, bright and bold – on your body and in your home. “This spring and summer is all about color with a capital C,” says Jill R. King, interior designer and co-owner of Red Carrot Design in Anchorage. We’re talking about sunny yellows, pool-water turquoises, popsicle oranges, grass greens and watermelon reds – an in-your-face range of color that’s a modern throwback to the psychedelic swirl of the summer of love – fun, funky and unembarrassed.
The same hot hues that are livening up our closets are also being found in the bathroom towels, the throw rugs, the sofa pillows and the living room curtains. “If you want to try something new in your interior, look to your closet. Like in fashion, color is everywhere, from colored jeans to floral prints,” says King. “If you just purchased those orange suede wedges, then you are ready for orange candles, vases, kitchen towels. Start small in a color you like. Experiment.”
Pick Up Milk, Bread and Home Décor
Updating your home’s summer wardrobe can be accomplished through ordering custom items or by simply taking a trip to the market. Either way, the idea is to freshen up your look, lighten up the textures and add bold bursts of color throughout your home - even a bowl full of lemons can provide a fresh, fun and colorful focal point to your home’s summer wardrobe. “It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to make a meaningful change,” says King.
A simple place to start a seasonal home makeover is in the housewares section of your local market. Tamara L. Spaulding, interior designer and owner of the Fairbanks-based Spaulding Interiors, took us on a variety store tour to pick out her favorite summer pieces to show that seasonal decorating can be convenient and affordable. “Start with a colorful welcome mat and let it inspire your summer color palette,” she explains, pointing to a rainbow of hues on a mat that sells for around $20. “Then carry these colors throughout your home.” Bring orange and turquoise to the dining table, for instance. “Keep the table set all summer with chargers and placemats so there’s always color on the table and you’ll be ready to entertain,” she says.
Choosing one item to inspire a room’s color profile is Spaulding’s sage design advice: a playful shower curtain in a mod multicolor print is matched with an array of different colored towels; a pair of bird-print throw pillows dictates the bedroom color scheme for coverlets, shams and curtains; simple and inexpensive rag rugs introduce both color and an easy bohemian look to the kitchen, perfect for laid-back, last-minute summer barbecues. Accessorize with big bursts of summer color by filling a clear glass vase or metal drink cooler bucket “with Granny Smith apples” or “potted flowers like hydrangeas” – it makes for a high-impact, living centerpiece for your dining table, indoors or out.