Transitioning to Summer Decor: Refreshing Your Home to Reflect the Season


Every single 7 days, Mansion World-wide tackles a subject matter with an elite group of designers from all over the environment who get the job done on luxurious qualities. This week, we investigate how to get ready your interiors for summer months. 

As temperatures creep up, it’s time to drop any interesting-climate decor and refresh your dwelling to reflect the summer time period.

“When the warmer months arrive, we like to transition our properties from the coziness of wintertime to the mild and ethereal mood of summer,” claimed Mark Lavender, principal designer at M. Lavender Interiors in Memphis, Tennessee, and Winnetka, Illinois. 

Planning outdoor rooms is an exceptional put to start out. “Wash and fluff your out of doors furnishings and pillows––it presents a clean slate for the season and spruces up your garden,” Mr. Lavender recommended. 

For further strategies on reworking a household for the heat weather forward, we turned to a number of design professionals who share guidelines on shade, products and mood. 

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Declutter and Lighten up

“Clear off any tables to go away area for open up surfaces. Consider transferring textbooks, journals and other small decorative objects into a cabinet for the year and consider any houseplants outside for a holiday vacation. This not only frees up your inside house, but gives a good adjust of landscapes. A candle and some uncomplicated fresh flowers are all you definitely will need.

“Scented candles ought to normally evoke a temper or put. So for the summer months, acquire your home to the seashore with a refreshing ‘salt air’ candle with hints of coconut or ‘fresh slash grass.’ It will immediately renovate the experience of the place.

“Take the heat weather as an possibility to use the boldly colored dishes and glassware that you may possibly have stored absent the rest of the year. For napkins, linens and desk settings, preserve it casual—forget the starch and feel crinkled linen as an alternative.

“Switch up your window dressings. I have been regarded to seasonally transform my curtains and it normally would make such a massive difference. Whilst wintertime provides an chance to exhibit weighty, colorful curtains, summertime is far more for wispy, lightweight linens.”

Designer Marshall Erb implies switching out heavier window treatment plans for wispy, light-weight linens.


Aimee Mazzenga

— Marshall Erb, Marshall Erb Design in Chicago

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Introduce Slipcovers and Summery Pillow Addresses

“Consider slipcovers for your household place home furniture. This results in a light, beachy really feel to your residence and guards your household furniture from the harsh light-weight as properly as chlorine-soaked bathing fits that generally stop up on the home furniture. Slipcovers may possibly be bought on the web or at areas like Pottery Barn. For the finest healthy or for slipcovers getting obtained via a seller that differs from the home furniture, attempt to have slipcovers tailor made-built. Although it is an cost up front, they ought to final for lots of several years and will secure your home furnishings.

“Swap out indoor pillow addresses on your furniture from the heavier winter handles to something a lot more summery. Gentle fabrics can be linen or cotton alternatively of a heavier velvet or wool. Colors this kind of as cream, white or gentle variations of orange, green or blue seriously lighten up the home for summer. I like designs these types of as stripes, madras plaid or floral. These just actually evoke summer time to me.”

— Mark Lavender, principal designer of M. Lavender Interiors 


Convey the Outside In

“Change up a several extras like lamps, ceramic vases and sculptures to lighter and brighter hues. Adding hues that are decidedly summer––like yellows, greens or aqua blues––will definitely give your space a warm seasonal uplift. 

“Remove space rugs for thoroughly clean open flooring areas. Removing rugs, and storing them right up until the drop will sense like the home has been made lighter and fresher. The extra gain is that the rugs, after reinstalled, will sense like new.

“Bring the exterior in with fresh new flowers and vegetation. Continue to keep to blooms that are indigenous to your space and time of yr for a far more reliable sensation. Typically, I like to screen flowers in distinct vases of various designs and measurements. I enjoy blossoming branches like cherry blossoms and baby’s breath. When they are in year, I gravitate toward tulips, peonies and bouquets with petals these kinds of as daisies and cosmos.”

Designer Andrew Suvalsky endorses removing location rugs to create clear, open ground areas.


Eric P. Laverty

— Andrew Suvalsky, Andrew Suvalsky Designs in New York

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Integrate Rattan and Teak

“Rattan and wooden tones are a staple at Residence of Nomad, and summer is the perfect time to experiment with these components, specifically with your scaled-down décor items. Swap out that shelf décor or espresso desk styling for an easy summer transition. To accessorize your shelves, we appreciate placing a modest rattan ‘Bali fan,’ carved wood bowls and lighter toned beads draped in excess of a bowl. For coffee tables you just cannot go wrong with a rattan or seagrass tray.

“We enjoy sourcing summer time decor from Indonesia in which they typically use suar wood for smaller decorative merchandise, and teak wood for furniture accent parts. Modest wood bowls and trays in purely natural to medium wood tones are wonderful solutions to attain that summertime vibe. Wall hangings produced from rattan are great warm temperature swaps for above a console or hearth.”

Household of Nomad resources summer decor from Indonesia, incorporating rattan, teak and suar wooden pieces.


Laura Sumrak

Berkeley Minkhorst and Kelley Lentini, founders and designers at Household of Nomad in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina

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