Splashing Into Summer: Seasonal Design

As the weather starts heating up it’s time to think about ways to keep our homes cool in the sweltering summer heat, remembering to switch out our spring floral decorations, or possibly our winter holiday decorations with bright and bold summer decor, and get the patio area summer-ready.

Here in Florida, we know a thing or two about the summer heat with our temperatures averaging around 95 degrees Fahrenheit from June through August! Window treatments and bedding selections can help keep the home cooler during this time, as well as the colors used throughout the design of the home can help the space feel cooler. Summer is the perfect time to try something new with bright colors and bold patterns to add a pop to your space. As well, there is no better time than the summer to create your perfect patio for days by the pool or glasses of wine during the warm nights.

Keeping Cool:

All of the sunlight the summer brings means heat through the windows of our homes. Blinds and black-out liners placed behind the drapery can help reduce the amount of light and heat coming into the space. Using a bright color for the drapery is perfect for the summer months as well as lighter tones to reflect the heat away from the space.

Along with changing the window treatments in the home, bedding should be switched as it gets warmer to keep individuals cooler at night. Put away thick blankets and comforters and add cotton sheets and a duvet to keep you cool and comfortable while you’re sleeping.

For a big change, try adding seasonal summer bedding to your collection to soak up the most of summer.

 

Adding Greenery:

 

Adding greenery to your space brings the outdoors in without having to be out in the heat. If you are looking for a new hobby, try out your green thumb this summer, but faux plants work just fine on a shelf, table, or tray.

 

Trying Something New:

Navy blue cabinets are trending in the design world right now but we absolutely love this bright red door mixed with the blue palette in this kitchen design. Adding pops of color like this throughout your home whether it’s a door, accent wall, or furniture pieces will go great during the summer months and make a bold statement the rest of the year.

Switching out throw pillows for the season is a great way to welcome the summertime.

Whether you choose a single pop of color, a classic coastal style, or a bold mixture of pattern and color it is sure to make your home feel like summer is here.

 

The Patio:

Our patios will get the most use during the summertime with pool days and wine nights. Here are some ideas to inspire you to create the patio of your dreams and spend the best days of the year out on.

 

Summer is the time for memories, sunshine, and fun designs! Don’t be afraid to experiment with your design style and choose brighter, bolder elements or keep it classic and add a nautical style to your existing space. Hello Summer!

Romance in the Home: Design Addition

As we approach Valentine’s Day and celebrate the month of romance- it is imperative that we add some spice into our space to celebrate with our loved ones! Valentine’s Day is a holiday that can easily be overlooked when it comes to home decor as we start to put away all of our winter and Christmas decorations, but these few simple additions and fixes to your current decor can easily add that dash of romance you have been missing in your space, without breaking the bank or requiring a lot of pre-planning!

1. Candles

Candles are such a simple addition to any room within your home, that can really spark romance. Whether it is your favorite sultry-smelling candle or a collection of tea lights that trail your loved one to a surprise, the slow burn of the candle will be sure to ignite the figurative flame you’ll be wanting this Valentine’s Day.

2. Pop of Red/Pink

When it comes to the color red, psychologists say that it is the hue that provokes the strongest emotions out of any other color. While most people associate the color red with anger and fury, it is also closely linked to feelings of passion, power, desire, and excitement. If red is too bold for your taste, shades of pink are a great alternative to add pops of romantic colors into your space. Pink is said to be the “feminine” version of red, more closely associated with calmness, love, and kindness. Whatever route you decide to take, these subtle pops of reds and pinks in your space are a great way to re-vamp your home just in time for the holiday.

3. Cozy Blanket

Who doesn’t love a warm and cozy blanket on an average night, let alone a night dedicated to snuggling up with your significant other or loved ones? We all most likely have blankets laying around the house, so setting out the perfect throw blanket to share while you indulge in a movie or sweet treats can help bring you closer together- while adding an extra level of comfort to the night!

4. Ambient Lighting

Different levels of lighting within any space can help play with the feeling and atmosphere you are trying to emulate within your home. Adding dimmable lights, lamps, sconces, chandeliers, candles, and other sources of light can help you really “set the mood” within your interior space!

5. Flowers

Not only do flowers make the perfect gift for your significant other this upcoming holiday season, but they are also a great way to add life to your interior space. Enhance your home with a bold colored flower for Valentine’s Day like red or pink roses, or offer a sense of peace and “true love” with a bouquet of white roses or other beautiful flowers. Whatever avenue you decide to take, this addition to your design will be sure to intensify the romance in your home!

 

We hope that these simple ideas will help you achieve the romantic feeling within your interior space just in time for Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air this season, and loving your interior space is just as important as loving one another!

XOXO, A.Clore Interiors