Pretty much everyone agrees that summer is fun. Like, really fun. But it can also be crazy busy. And there are days when it’s sweltering hot.
So when you hit home after a particularly blistering weekend of camping, or retreat indoors after an oppressively humid day at the family picnic, cool, calm, and collected sounds pretty appealing. A space to escape the sun and rejuvenate.
Here are 3 ways you may not have thought of to help make your space an inviting oasis this summer:
Air conditioning is likely to be number one on the list for summer home cooling options but, in my opinion, white should be a close second.
White’s refreshing crispness instantly adds cool serenity to any space. White walls, white furniture, white curtains, white accents and accessories… any or all of these will work.
And if you have, or are considering, dark furniture don’t shy away from pairing it with white. White is a perfect counterpoint to leather, warm woods, and textured or darker fabrics.
There’s something about symmetry that brings a sense of balance and order to a room. It’s uniformity and consistency are calming both to the eye and the senses.
Whether it’s matching nightstands and bedside lighting (like this amazing bedroom), furnishing the ends of your dining table with matching chairs, or flanking the fireplace with identical cabinets and matching art, give symmetry a try this summer.
Disorder definitely detracts from any effort to create calm and soothing spaces. But it’s easy to collect the clutter and contain the chaos with storage pieces.
Add an accent chest in the entryway, store often-needed items out of sight in living room storage tables, or pop a storage ottoman at the end of your bed.
Incorporate one or all of these ideas into your home this summer and you’re sure to notice a difference!
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