From the bedroom to the backyard, Dering Hall interior designers reveal how to spruce up just about every space in your home just in time for summer. Steal their practical summer decorating pointers for a more stylish, comfortable home.
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Tip: Try Potted Plants and Rugs Outdoors
"Using outdoor space as an extension of an indoor space is par-for-the-course in California. Light, easily reconfigured furnishings, including an outdoor rug, help extend the living area to the outdoors and make the space adaptable for small gatherings or larger parties. In this patio, we used succulent and cactus plantings in pots as living sculptures to add visual interest against the white back wall. They, too, can be reconfigured regularly so things never get dull."
– Chad McPhail of Chad McPhail Design
Photo: Laura Hull Photography
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Tip: Go for Neutrals in the Bedroom
"This light, airy guest bedroom has a refreshing and soothing ethnic vibe. The layers of natural textures, light colors, and a curated collection of hand-painted pillows make this space the perfect retreat for the summer months."
– Lisa Michael of Lisa Michael Interiors
Photo: Jessica Klewicki Glynn
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Tip: Weave in White Accents
"Incorporating white accents in your home is like breaking out your white jeans and gauzy shirts for summer. It instantly brightens up a space and gives contrast to colors and darker backdrops. Even an all-white room can be visually pleasing if there is enough texture and tonality to provide richness and interest."
– Lauren Nelson of Lauren Nelson Design
Photo: Aubrie Pick
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Tip: Edit Your Accessories
"Light, bright and loads of casual elegance are the essentials for summer decor. White dishes, greenery from the yard and unfussy layers such as bowls of fruit make for the perfect tablescape while entertaining. Pairing down throw blankets and pillows allows a space to breathe and feel less cluttered, much like the slower pace of summer. Keep the palette of the outdoors in mind to give the indoor-outdoor vibe and edit down the accessories to keep the space feeling calm and casual."
– Amanda Barnes of Amanda Barnes Interiors
Photo: ©Alyssa Rosenheck for Amanda Barnes Interiors
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Tip: Think Cool Colors
"Summer is all about keeping it cool. Adding blue, white, and silver can instantly give you a summer vibe. Incorporating natural textures like driftwood and coral help to finish the look."
– Christopher Burns of Christopher Burns Interiors
Photo: AC Photography
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Tip: Connect Outdoor and Indoor Spaces
“Your outdoor space is a reflection of your indoor space. Punches of color in umbrellas, large planters, and throw pillows can be an inexpensive approach to elevating your look. Try standing in your home’s main living space and look out. The aesthetic of this home is transitional with a modern twist. The patio furnishings reflect this and allows for a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience.”
– Wendy Berry of W Design
Photo: Tricia Shay
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Tip: Incorporate Floral Art and Vibrant Throw Pillows
"Floral art can bring the fresh, fun, vibrant colors of summer into your home. Fill in with accent pillows and decorative accessories in your favorite hue throughout your space to finish the look."
– Leslie Price of Price Style and Design
Photo: Kathryn MacDonald
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Tip: Declutter Shelves
"The return of summer means the return to simple living. Surround yourself with clean and open spaces by decluttering your display shelves, and remove dark or deep-colored accessories. The negative space around objects serves to highlight them, so give them breathing room. Add white or light-colored books and vases to your existing collections. And consider reflective finishes on accessories. Look for bright clear colors to create some active moments and greenery, whether real or ‘everlasting,' to immediately bring the outdoors in."
– LeAnne Bunnell of LeAnne Bunnell Interiors
Photo: Adrian Shellard
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Tip: Decorate with Mirrors
"Mirrors are a great way to update a room for summer. There are endless options available for moldings and frames, which give a mirror its personality. There's also the chic option of using a frameless mirror for contemporary, streamlined or understated looks. Mirrors typically brighten up a dark room based on their reflective nature. They can also imply a 'window feel' in a room with too few or no windows to give the space added dimension. Try using them strategically to duplicate light sources in the room. Colors, textures and varying degrees of reflectivity in mirrors can be so much fun to play with and achieve the exact mood you wish to create in your room."
– Nicole Arnold of Nicole Arnold Interiors
Photo: Michael Hunter
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Tip: Embrace Beach-Inspired Art
“Art transports and inspires. Adding or changing wall art that has a beach theme is a perfect way to transport your mind and spirit to the happiness of summertime.”
– Jessica Gersten of Jessica Gersten Interiors
Photo: Lucia Engstrom
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Tip: Use Color Outdoors for a Relaxed Vibe
"This outdoor bar gets a lot of use by both kids and adults, and gives this Austin backyard an intimate resort-like feel. The bright blue metal chairs add a fun pop of color and keep the space from getting too serious, while lounge seating and a nearby dining table offer more places to relax and enjoy oneself."
– Jennifer Greer Hartmann of Greer Interior Design
Photo: Casey Dunn
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Tip: Remember Balance is Everything
“I like my environment layered with a balance of color and pattern to add visual interest and bring a feeling of harmony. I usually put the biggest pattern on the biggest area – in this case the deck. A throw rug like this zebra hide grounds the design theme with bold pattern and high-contrast color.”
– Cindy Galvin of Bardes Interiors
Photo: Chris Davis