Summer Palette

Finally summer is here. Holidays are waiting just around the corner, time to enjoy as much as possible the outdoors. Summer is the season when the days are the longest and the nights the shortest. 

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Summer means also seaside, getting inspired by the seaside doesn't necessarily mean blue, white, and red. More exotic destinations, the underwater world will give us plenty of strong colorful ideas.

 interior image via Daily Dream Decor

interior image via Daily Dream Decor

Strong colors for a modern interior design. An oversize painting in strong colors will make a great impact in your entrance. It will ask some courage, but once you will decide you go for it you will see that it will make the center space of whatever the room you will put it in.

 entrance of Luis Baragan's Casa Prieto Lopez  via  the Citizenry  - chair 100 chairs in 100 days by Martino Gamper via  Still Collection  - outdoor chairs  Paolo Lenti  - cushion  Timorous Beasties  - image bathroom El Fenn hotel via  Trendland

entrance of Luis Baragan's Casa Prieto Lopez  via the Citizenry - chair 100 chairs in 100 days by Martino Gamper via Still Collection - outdoor chairs Paolo Lenti - cushion Timorous Beasties - image bathroom El Fenn hotel via Trendland

Strong summer colors are perfect for outdoors, the sun is giving you now the energy and vitamines for winter. Think of countries such as Mexico where the summer is all year round. They have a joyful way of combining colors. The more sun we have to more colors we can use. 

 library in fuchsia via  House Beautiful  - small tables by McCollin Bryan - fabric Tobago of Lorca via  Vogue  - vases Moser collection via  M&O

library in fuchsia via House Beautiful - small tables by McCollin Bryan - fabric Tobago of Lorca via Vogue - vases Moser collection via M&O

Spice up your classical interior by using strong summer colors. Warm color harmony to seduce even the more contemporary persons. 

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Now the market places are filled with flowers, colorful combinations. Mix them up with green, you can combine every color with green, let the flowers on the market inspire you. The burst of color will give life.

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Summer is the perfect season to travel. Morocco, India, Bali, Mexico, let them inspire you even when not traveling so far. Don't be afraid to mix up colors. Some times people ask me how many colors they can mix in a room. It all depends: you need some basic colors, one stronger accent color which you than can repeat in small amounts. It is all about balance. 

 glass marbles - yellow paint via  Indulge  - fuchsia in India via  Hydrogen  - upcycled chairs via  Design Milk

glass marbles - yellow paint via Indulge - fuchsia in India via Hydrogen - upcycled chairs via Design Milk

Let this not stop you to be creative and try out different color harmonies. It can go wrong, it can be to much, specially when in a room of the house. But make a special corner in your garden, it is the season to live outdoors. Colorful chairs, napkins, glasses, plates: just combine and enjoy.

 Wynwood Design district Miami via  the Simple Sol  - pencils via  One Life we Live  - wall art via  Patternbank  - Cubit by Mymito via  Archiproducts

Wynwood Design district Miami via the Simple Sol - pencils via One Life we Live - wall art via Patternbank - Cubit by Mymito via Archiproducts

Summer also means time off, holidays, long days, moments to be creative. Strong colors will give you energy and will inspire you.

 Le Corbusier India via  Flickr

Le Corbusier India via Flickr

Did you ever think of using neon pastel colors? Pastel colors in general are to sweet, fitting only a little girl's room. Grayish pastels can be stylish.  Neon pastels are modern and will give a contemporary fresh look to your interior. 

 Le Corbusier India via  Flickr  - tea spoons  Antropologie

Le Corbusier India via Flickr - tea spoons Antropologie

You can make some unexpected color harmonies. 

 interior via  Wallpaper  - vases via  Crowdy House  - staircase via  Archdaily  - art print via  AmyLighthall

interior via Wallpaper - vases via Crowdy House - staircase via Archdaily - art print via AmyLighthall

Neon pastel colors can be a perfect color harmony for a modern interior. Easier to use than strong colors, and they will look very energetic during winter.

 hand painted wallpaper  De Gournay  - chest of drawers  Moissonnier  - banchetta  Moissonnier  - vintage lamo Hans-Agne Jakobsson via  1stdibs

hand painted wallpaper De Gournay - chest of drawers Moissonnier - banchetta Moissonnier - vintage lamo Hans-Agne Jakobsson via 1stdibs

Pastels can be to romantic, but neon pastels will even make classical furniture look modern. So give your old chest of drawers an upgrade, look for some funny fabric to re-upholster a boring, classical chair. 

 Santorino via  A  spyn Ovard

Santorino via Aspyn Ovard

Warmer temperatures invite us to take advantage to spend more time outside, to travel to the beach, let the sun bleach our hair, and make our skin glow. Nobody will tell you that you are lazy when just doing nothing all day long. 

 Santorino via  A  spyn Ovard - Wabi-Sabi tiles via  Remodelista

Santorino via Aspyn Ovard- Wabi-Sabi tiles via Remodelista

We will travel and fall in love with the old tiles, the handmade ceramics sold on the local market. We might find even some vintage tiles to take home. We have time to get inspired, the best ideas come when you relax, so stay open.

 blue room via  Field Notes  - Chroma frame by Lucy Birley via  Artnau  - rug Mamounia Sky  The Rugcompany  - ceramics via  Dwell  - Vintage italian Murano chandelier 

blue room via Field Notes - Chroma frame by Lucy Birley via Artnau - rug Mamounia Sky The Rugcompany - ceramics via Dwell - Vintage italian Murano chandelier 

Combine a vintage look or some patina with very modern graphical furniture and rugs. Stripes in shades of one color will give a modern touch to accessories for the home.

 beach image via  This is Glamorous  - rattan day bed via  Domino  - bathroom via  One Kings Lane

beach image via This is Glamorous - rattan day bed via Domino - bathroom via One Kings Lane

The sun bleached colors, the ethnic inspired motifs will bring a summer touch to your home all year round. A bohemian theme is for travelers bring home things from all over the world.  Combine them with confidence and it will reflect your personality in your home.

How to enjoy this summer season at home

  • choose your color harmony: soft pastels, light neon tones, or bright colors
  • let it sparkle: use all the bright colors you see now in your flower garden
  • the inspiration of the sea doesn't have to be classical blue tones, give it more character by adding orange and fuchsia
  • colors bleached by the sun for a romantic and relaxing atmosphere
  • neon pastel tones for a refreshing interior
  • make unexpected combinations of modern pieces, ethnic accents and some classical pieces with a colorful twist

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