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to enjoy enhanced features like these.
Tip: Ease into bright hues with colored glassware; the translucent finish of the glass makes a quieter statement, plus catches the gorgeous summer light.
2. Beachcomber Motif: Decorate with 3 simple, ocean-inspired accents, and every day can feel like a carefree afternoon at the beach. It’s a timeless look for bathrooms, plus lends a sense of calm to hectic summer hotspots like the entryway, laundry room and living room.
3. Globetrotting: Let your favorite travels and faraway places shape your décor. Pull inspiration from one destination or culture, like a
bustling Moroccan market, or combine looks
from around the globe to set an eclectic, exotic scene
that’s just right for summer. For instance, pair teak wood with tropical plants and gilded vases.
Save maps from summer road trips and vacations to use as décor later.
4. Pattern Mixing: Take a cue from summer’s sprightly personality and get playful with patterns. For combinations that harmonize rather
than clash, start with a basic two-tone pattern, like stripes or polka dots, then add prints that share at least
one of the same hues. Beyond that, any pattern goes: Floral, geometric, animal, ikat, tribal, gingham and faux bois (patterns that imitate the look of
wood), to name a few.
5. Ombre: French for “shading,” ombre is just that: A single color that gradually goes from light to dark, typically on fabric. Get the
look for less with our modern tie-dye technique; it’s the perfect
way to brighten plain curtains or a duvet cover
for the season. Or, give everything from furniture to organizers an ombre effect with a quick dip in paint.
Ombre and bright color go hand-in-hand. The former is monochromatic by nature, giving the latter a sophisticated edge.
Set your own trend! How are you decorating your home for summer?
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