Sum­mer ideas for a stylish home -By An­dre Ca­mara

The Luxury Collection - - Contents - -By An­dre Ca­mara

Sum­mer! The very word speaks of joy! Lush out­doors, sunny skies and bright colours style this beau­ti­ful sea­son. Sum­mer Decor is for the bold. With ‘con­trast’ and ‘light’ play­ing a vivid role, it’s time to bring out the big guns and high­light those dark cor­ners, draw the cur­tains and let the nat­u­ral set­ting of the sea­son take care of the rest. Think con­trast, min­i­mal set­ting, bright colours and a whole lot of nat­u­ral light.

Breezy Whites

White and open! This should be the start­ing point for any sum­mer decor. White is the go to colour for that per­fect sum­mer home. Lose the heavy drapes and re­place them with white sheers that will flow with the day breeze cre­at­ing that dy­namic move­ment whilst let­ting in that gor­geous dif­fused light. Paint any ex­ist­ing old fur­ni­ture, stair­case, pots, etc white. Keep wall treat­ments light to re­flect light and make the room ap­pear larger and higher. Keep the floors sim­ple with easyto-main­tain sur­faces al­low­ing for a tonne of in­door-out­door con­nect.

Tempt­ing Tex­tures

Look for el­e­ments that bring warmth - throws, pil­lows and even the fab­ric of your sofa or chairs con­trib­ute to cre­at­ing warm sen­sa­tions in your sum­mer-in­spired vi­sion. Area rugs can also play a cru­cial role in bring­ing in that much needed colour whilst defin­ing the room lay­out. Make spots wel­com­ing and invit­ing, from a space by a nice long bay win­dow to a patch of sand out­side where you watch the stars. Toss large, cot­ton pil­lows and thick, nubby throws for com­fort and a look of ef­fort­less style.

Coastal Colours in Water­colour

Beachify your home! Noth­ing speaks sum­mer likes a coastal theme. The wavy palms, cool wa­ters and blue skies evoke that serene sum­mer vibe we all look for­ward to. Bring­ing that coastal aura into your home is as easy strip­ping down the space to its bare ne­ces­si­ties and im­bu­ing ith with those gor­geous coastal colours in the form of

soft fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories. A great coastal colour pal­ette in­cludes all shades of blue, crisp whites, gray, green, as well as neu­trals. These hues ba­si­cally echo the colours seen in na­ture, or along a stretch of beach. Water­colour paint­ings are also a great way to bring in that sum­mer feel. Choose some­thing light, airy and with a pal­ette as fore-men­tioned.

Take the in­door out­side

De-clut­ter­ing the house and don’t know what to do with some of the fur­ni­ture? Sim­ple, take it out­side! Be it a sim­ple chair, or an old cof­fee ta­ble, paint it with a splash of white and throw on some fab­ric us­ing a bold shade of blue or green to tie it all up to­gether. Use the op­por­tu­nity to try your hand at dis­tress­ing some of the fur­ni­ture while paint­ing. White dis­tressed fur­ni­ture with a pop of a cool colour oozes that sum­mer beach vibe.

Bring the out­doors in­side

Add a splash of green­ery - In­door plants are a great way to liven up space. They are also cur­rently very much in trend and for all the right rea­sons. Be­sides be­ing able to pu­rify the air in­side your home, they are par­tic­u­larly ap­pro­pri­ate to sum­mer dec­o­ra­tion. And, con­trary to what peo­ple who think they have a so-called ‘black thumb’, or fear of com­mit­ment, may imag­ine, many in­door plants are easy to care for. In fact, they can sur­vive pretty much on their own. Spi­der Plant, Dra­caena, Peace Lily, Bos­ton Ferns, Snake Plant (Mother-in-

Law’s tongue), Bam­boo Palm, and Aloe Vera are some of the species that can eas­ily thrive in your in­door space with min­i­mal care and ef­fort. Other plants like Bird of Par­adise, Split Leaf Philo­den­dron, Dif­f­en­bachia and Areca Palm are all quintessen­tially sum­mery and add lush green­ery with min­i­mal ef­fort.

Trickle Foun­tain Bird Bath

Af­ter tack­ling the senses of touch, smell & sight, it’s time to add a sum­mery feel via the sense of sound. The re­fresh­ing sound of flow­ing wa­ter has al­ways been as­so­ci­ated with sum­mer re­treats. Bring­ing that con­cept into your city home can be as easy as in­stalling a small bird bath fit­ted with a sub­mersible pump to cre­ate the trick­ling ef­fect of wa­ter. A bird­bath adds a colour­ful and lively el­e­ment to your court­yard or ter­race space. With a trickle foun­tain in its mid­dle it makes a gen­tle gur­gling that en­hances the sum­mery feel. Be­sides, this el­e­ment helps you do good as well by pro­vid­ing a wel­come source of wa­ter to birds of pas­sage, who may be de­hy­drated due to the scorch­ing heat.

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