Ahhhh….summer is here at last! I’m so glad to put away the coats and boots and pull out the swimsuits and flip flops. We love spending time out of doors enjoying warm weather. I’ll be honest with you, though, in my part of the world that warm weather usually comes with humidity. It’s no fun to be hot, sticky, and miserable, so I’m as thankful for air conditioning as I can be. Even in a climate controlled house, though, I really like our rooms to reflect the seasons. While browsing Pinterest, I came across this gorgeous room that seemed like a perfect reflection of summer.
Things in this room that make me think of summer are the painted woodwork and furniture (so beach cottage), the bright pastel textiles, and the flowers that look like they just came in from the garden. The light, airy decor makes me think of cool ocean breezes and sunny mornings. Isn’t it lovely?
The wonderful thing about this room is that many elements of it can be DIYed. I’ve found some excellent tutorials to share with you, so that you can recreate this pretty summertime living room.
1. Wall Color
One of the summery touches in this room is the barely-there-blue of the walls. It’s a soft two-tone effect that adds just the tiniest shade of contrast to a room that has a lot of white. Try Behr’s Glimmer, as shown on this bathroom wall at Hazardous Design.
2. Bright End Table
I found a table similar to the one in my inspiration photo at Mom 4 Real, where a roadside rescue drop-leaf table was painted a pretty turquoise hue.
3. Slipcovered Ottoman
Beneath the Magnolias offers a pleated slipcover tutorial for an ottoman. Check out the before pictures, and you’ll be confident that you can make any old ottoman look tailored.
4. Colorful Cushions
A neutral couch plumped up with colorful throw pillows–like the one in my inspiration pic–is a fantastic way to bring seasonal colors into your home. Follow the easy tutorial at The Happy Housie to make your own.
5. Fresh Flowers
Nothing says summer like a vase of fresh cut blooms. Fox Hollow Cottage has some great ideas for keeping pretty blooms fresh and long lasting so you can enjoy them for weeks on end.
Which element of the inspiration room is your favorite? Is there anything that you like to do to give your rooms a more airy feel for summer?