Look for less summer living room

As the days get warmer, I’m drawn more and more to the kind of colors that decorate beach towels and umbrellas.  Sun-drenched rooms have the light to be able to handle saturated colors.  This room by Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room was featured at House of Turquoise.  It’s a good example of how a room with great natural light can support a bright, busy mix of color and pattern.


There’s definitely a lot going on in this room, but the colors and patterns play well together.  I love the painted furniture and the show-stopping chandelier.  And aren’t those curtains incredible?


I hope you’ll enjoy seeing all the ways I found to recreate the look and feel of this room for less.  Check out the tutorials I found for DIYing several elements of this inspiration room.


1.  Beadboard Ceiling


In my inspiration room, the farmhouse classic beadboard ceiling gets a fresh new look with a coat of coral paint.  Beadboard is a great way to hide ugly popcorn texture or unsightly stains on a ceiling.  See a tutorial for installing your own at Serendipity Chic Design.

2.  Beaded Chandelier


Padgett Hoke figured out how to make a beaded chandelier similar to the one in my inspiration photo using a garden basket and Mardi Gras beads.  Amazing!

3.  Bar Cart


Whether you use a bar cart for lemonade or more adult beverages, having a way to refresh your guests close at hand is one way to become the ultimate hostess.  I love this version by The Chronicles of Home, that actually started out as an old TV stand.

4.  Ikat Chairs

Yellow Ikat Chair DIY

I love those Ikat patterned chairs!  It’s not hard to find wing back or club chairs in thrift shops and garage sales.  Update yours with a pretty patterned fabric like Ikat.  You can follow this handy tutorial by All Things Campbell.

5.  Yellow Coffee Table


Coffee tables are easy to find, but what about that perfect shade of yellow?  I think Restoration Redoux came pretty close with this sunny version.

What do you think?  Is this too much color in one space for you?  Which colors would you like to try blending together?



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