Subtle Summer Style

Subtle Summer Style

Sarah Coffey
Jun 4, 2010

Summer style doesn't have to mean wicker chairs or navy blue stripes. Updating your home for the season can be as simple as switching out a lampshade or painting an accent wall in a pale, willowy green. We've sorted through our files to find ten rooms that have a fresh, casual vibe that's well suited to summer without feeling like a seasonal cliché.

  1. A touch of yellow. The patterned bedspread and yellow lampshade make this room feel more fun.
  2. Jewel-toned accessories. A gorgeous green lamp loosens up the room a little and ties into the green in the bedspread.
  3. A dusty rose color. It's more sophisticated than bubblegum pink, and it's a spring/summer color that can easily transition into fall and winter.
  4. Pastels. Normally associated with spring, pastels like pale greens and blues have a more casual, beachy vibe.
  5. A gorgeous lantern. Think of ways to bring outdoor accessories indoors, like using a lantern to bring some drama to a plain desk.
  6. A bright bedspread. In a room with dark wood furnishings, a light bedspread or rug can easily update the decor for summer.
  7. Potted plants on the floor. Containers full of plants are a summer staple, but they feel even more laid-back and casual when they're gathered in groups on the floor.
  8. Pale paint. It reflects natural light, making a room feel breezy and open.
  9. Natural tableaus. An earth-toned lamp and potted flower, set against a field of fossil wallpaper, is unexpected.
  10. Candy-colored furniture. Use bright plastic shell chairs, painted stools, or a high-gloss side table to wake up a room.

Photos: The Sleep Room, Liezel Strauss, Emery & Cie, Caravane, Tine K, Archana, Dan Vickery, Casey Gunschel, Vitra

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