As a child, my summers were spent in Arkansas, where my grandparents lived. We children entertained ourselves by running through the woods, swimming in the creek, drinking Coca-Cola from glass bottles and catching fireflies in glass jars. Years later I still enjoy the unhurried ease that summer brings. In my home, I like opening windows to let in summer warmth, peeling away layers, and doing my best to capture summer -- much as I caught fireflies -- for my own personal enjoyment. Here are a few ways to lighten up your home for that breezy summer afternoon feeling.
Dos and don'ts of breezy interiors
DO modify window treatments by removing heavier side panels from draperies, allowing breezy sheers to remain.
DO remove patterned or heavy rugs, which will allow you to appreciate the beauty and coolness of hardwood and stone floors.
DO incorporate mirrors. Mirrors are a designer's not-so-secret weapon in the fight to expand space, but they're also equally effective in lightening up interiors. Placing a mirror adjacent to a window further amplifies natural light.
DON'T hesitate to adopt a more casual attitude when it comes to decorating. Loose-fitting slipcovers are the decorating equivalent of a summer shirt. They instantly revitalize interiors.
DON'T shy away from fresh pastels. A splash of pale aqua or a touch of lavender works beautifully with deeper tones to lighten and brighten stale rooms.
DON'T forget the basics. Though it may seem self-evident, no amount of sun can penetrate windows that are full of winter sludge. Clean all your windows and trim any shrubbery below for crisp, clear summertime views.
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