Raise your hand if you’re glad it’s summer! I’m certainly happy the sun is making a stunning debut and so is my home’s interior. We practically skipped the spring season here in Knoxville, Tenn., so my home was still feeling the dreary winter blues when summer came along. Not anymore! After lusting over the collection of palettes from HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams, I’m ready to douse my place in paint. Goodbye, beige! Last week, I shared my top five summer design tips and ideas, from outdoor entertaining to decorating with flea market finds, and this week, I’m bringing you my top three ways to decorate with color this summer. Hey, your interior needs to enjoy June, July and August just as much as you do! So grab a paintbrush and take note.
It’s true. You don’t have to be a blue blood to bring a preppy design style to your home. Color combinations once associated with early 80s yuppies, British gentlemen’s clubs and university sororities are finding their way into everyday homes. My favorite style? Subtle yet traditional stripes with a pop of yellow. But then again, my girly side totally adores the Lily Pulitzer-style pairing of pink and green.
Color trends change from season to season, so say goodbye to the soft grays of winter and welcome a bold, new color palette to your home. Set aside a weekend and repaint the walls of your favorite room, take a can of spray paint to that vintage garage-sale chair or paint a pattern on your floors or ceilings. A fresh coat of paint or a reupholstered piece of furniture can improve your mood and change the entire feel of a room, too.
I’m all about mixing and matching in my wardrobe and my home, so I’m thrilled to see contrasting hues as a summer design trend this year. Feeling like a daredevil? Update your traditional white trim with a fun hue, such as coral, green or blue. Not a risk-taker? That’s okay! Start slow by adding vibrant blooms to a space for a contrasting look that’s natural and temporary. If you’re in the mood for something edgy, try on a modern black and white color scheme.
For more warm-weather ideas, check out our collection of design trends for summer.