Summer Vibes

Summer vibes: being in the moment of summer. This brings us happiness and can give a boost of energy. Lets take a look on how you can bring this feeling in your home. First we should make the difference between decorating a summer house and decorating a house with a summer feeling all year round. Where better than Florida to get our inspiration?

It is easy to decorate your summer house in a nautical style: use blue tones combined with white, and add some sparkle with some yellow and red touches. Rustic wood, shells, nautical items and soon you will feel as being at the beach. Decorating your home, inspired by, to have the summer feeling all year round is a different approach. So lets take a look at the secret of bringing the relaxed feeling evoked by holiday and seaside right in the heart of your home.

Douglas Elliman Real Estate -  Martinique Banana Leave wallpaper designed by Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hotel vi A-Gent of Style - velvet sofa Hughes Munna - mirror, wall lamp, and stool Sailor Thomas Boog for Pouenat

Douglas Elliman Real Estate -  Martinique Banana Leave wallpaper designed by Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hotel vi A-Gent of Style - velvet sofa Hughes Munna - mirror, wall lamp, and stool Sailor Thomas Boog for Pouenat

We want to create a timeless elegance by using some nautical element but rather in a refined execution than with a rustically finish. They can add a touch of style in our contemporary home. Fluid lines and fluid spaces to create a natural flow, all this to enhance a relaxed feeling. As being in the same rhythm with the nature around. A sofa in a dark blue cotton velvet in front of a wallpaper with a banana leave print will add a sparkling touch.

Bringing nature inside by using some tropical elements such as a colourful printed mural with exotic birds, or just by having some big plants in the room. Green is a colour promoting physical and emotional well-being. Blue will purify our thinking and bring tranquility. Neutral colours will pair with almost every colour and will give us a feeling of security, being grounded. 

 

image on Pinterest - Flamingo print via Interiorator

image on Pinterest - Flamingo print via Interiorator

One or two nautical element should be there. It can be anything related to sailing and the seaside. Knowing how to make a knot can be vital living at the seaside, ropes and knots are also inspiring designers. They will think out of the box to create a more interesting nautical look.  

Rope wallpaper Cole & Son - Knot cushion by Umemi studio via Dezeen - Knot floor cushion Knot Studio

Rope wallpaper Cole & Son - Knot cushion by Umemi studio via Dezeen - Knot floor cushion Knot Studio

A nautical wallpaper with a big print of ropes and knots can make a cool statement in an entrance or give more character the a junior room. By the way, nautical is a perfect theme for a kids' room as it can go from toddler till junior, depending on the colour accents or by changing some of the decoration. Adding a huge knot as pillow or stool can bring a playful touch in a modern apartment. No need to decorate the whole room with nautical elements, just a knot can be a playful hint: a colourful accent for a transparent pending lamp or a stylish lamp with the hint of a knot as it would be hand-drawn.

Gold Knot lamp T.A.Lorton - Mini Knot table lamp One Kings Lane - Knot pendant lamp Vitamin

Gold Knot lamp T.A.Lorton - Mini Knot table lamp One Kings Lane - Knot pendant lamp Vitamin

Coral is another stylish, and elegant evergreen in interior as well as in fashion. It might be used as the colour coral, the shape of it or the real coral, it will always be a sign for sophistication as we know it as a luxury material. Natural linen curtains with a coral print and gathered in a natural way by a nautical inspired tiebacks, will give character to the most simple room. 

wallpaper Lavezzi Pierre Frey - Savanna loop tie-back Houles

wallpaper Lavezzi Pierre Frey - Savanna loop tie-back Houles

Sailing: action, wind, the beach, boats. There is more when we think of the seaside: sand, stones, shells, waves, water.... Natural tones, soft beige tones, and neutrals. But Florida can be more: think of Miami with the pastel coloured Art Deco houses. Modern art scene, Art Basel. So let us add some colour, modern art can bring a vibrant touch to a room in a natural colour scheme. A modern interior can give a cold feeling, so live artfully.

picture library via Pinterest - Terrazzo floor via Pinterest - Luigi Colani sofa, for Rena Roshenthal via Pinterest - St. Barth s ceiling mount Arteriors - Scallop Shell wall light Porta Romana - pink velvet arrnchair Talisman - art work Design Miami/Art Basel via Egg Canvas

picture library via Pinterest - Terrazzo floor via Pinterest - Luigi Colani sofa, for Rena Roshenthal via Pinterest - St. Barth s ceiling mount Arteriors - Scallop Shell wall light Porta Romana - pink velvet arrnchair Talisman - art work Design Miami/Art Basel via Egg Canvas

When we think of the beach, the shore line, the waves, stones we see all smooth lines. The rocks are shaped by the wind and the water into rounded shapes. Our seating area could be inspired by the rocks and the stones, and embrace those round shapes. They are inviting, comforting. A serene yet sparkling decor, the interior has grown, in an organically way. And the stones can give  inspiration for a floor which looks like a piece of art. Terrazzo, creating the floor by using different types and sizes of marble as a sustainable decoration option, a great way to have a floor which gives a nice cool feeling. A natural material with an artisanal touch.

photography shells Henry Domke - Fleki Mother of Pearl Aphrodite Maya Romanoff - Capiz Shell chandelier 1stdibs

photography shells Henry Domke - Fleki Mother of Pearl Aphrodite Maya Romanoff - Capiz Shell chandelier 1stdibs

Shells keep inspiring: from a basic collection of shells put in a glass vase, which you will find in every summer house with a coastal touch, to exquisite mother of pearl wallpaper. The chandeliers of Panton with seashell disks got a design classic which will fit any bohemian interior. Or you can simply have shells as decorative door knob on a piece of furniture. Nature provides all to create a calm environment with a relaxed feeling.

photography shells Pinterest - door handles Charles Edwards - fish door handle Pinterest -  double shell door handle via New Hampshire Home

photography shells Pinterest - door handles Charles Edwards - fish door handle Pinterest -  double shell door handle via New Hampshire Home

So we have seen that nature can inspire us for a relaxing interior: neutral colour, blue tones, round shapes. But what about adding a wow factor to your interior? A baroque chandelier with shells as an extravagant touch in a modern home. Lamps with shells can add a sculptural presence in the room, coral inspired lamps can bring elegance. Think out of the ordinary, add drama, dare to decorate. So mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most beautiful in our home? Why would you choose a simple mirror when your mirror can be the center of the room?

picture sea via Arrows -  picture water on Pinterest - Diallo chandelier Arteriors - coral chandelier Pinterest - baroque shell chandelier and mirror via Digs Digs

picture sea via Arrows -  picture water on Pinterest - Diallo chandelier Arteriors - coral chandelier Pinterest - baroque shell chandelier and mirror via Digs Digs

Relaxed, eclectic, minimalist, it is all about creating the right feeling. Imagine to be at home and have the feeling as if you would be looking at the perfect sunset. The sound of the wind on the beach. Decorate with good taste but don't be predictable, and conventional. Give an artful eye to the room. Use refined materials: the bubbles of water can be lamps, the scales of the fish can be the tiles of the kitchen backsplash. Relax and get inspired.

Douglas Elliman Real Estate - picture sunset via Crossing Island - Petal rocking chair and Steven Volpe Crin bar chair McGuire - Last Night Totem lamps Pouenat

Douglas Elliman Real Estate - picture sunset via Crossing Island - Petal rocking chair and Steven Volpe Crin bar chair McGuire - Last Night Totem lamps Pouenat

So what do you need to evoke the feeling of summer all year round? An interior designed by nature, which is proving us all we need:

colours from nature

  • natural tones - from white over ivory to wet sand
  • blue tones from the sea: from white over turquoise till dark blue
  • add a vibrant touch inspired by the fishes

shapes from nature

  • stones polished by the water 
  • shells
  • waves of the sea or the shore

texture from nature for the materials 

  • texture from sand for the fabrics or finish of the wall
  • glow of the sun shining on water: shiny fabrics, lacquered furniture
  • graphical designs on shells for structural weaves or geometrical prints on fabrics

materials

  • stone
  • shells
  • mother of pearl
  • exotic wood
  • bamboo
  • natural material for the fabrics as cotton and linen

Relax and dream away.

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