There are so many reasons to love summer. And just as many reasons to use this balmy season as decorating inspiration. How, you ask? Let these rooms guide you to a look that’s laid-back, welcoming, and primed for the longest (and best) days of the year.
First up: load up on unexpected summer paraphernalia. In Steve Berg’s 450-square-foot New York apartment, he manages to squeeze a few pieces that conjure summer quicker than a melting popsicle: a shell, starfish, beachy artwork, driftwood, and a Hawaiian skimboard. Because the pieces are found objects, not part of a cutesy beach decor set, the result is effortless cool, not grandma’s beach cottage.
Another option: Make like Dolores Robinson, and let your palette do the talking. The sky blue of her living room – and faded grass-green upholstery, brings in a calming, summer afternoon vibe. The silhouetted palm tree – artwork by pop artist Mo McDermott – also doesn’t hurt, and is a good reminder that embracing the unexpected is a seasonless approach.