In 2020, the summer solstice will occur on June 20, marking the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. And, it’s the longest day of the year! To celebrate the change of season and welcome the sunny days ahead, why not create the ultimate summery staycation at home?
It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy all that your home has to offer by relaxing in the comfort of your personal sanctuary - indoor and outdoor - soaking up the staycation vibes. Creating that summertime feeling doesn’t have to take much, especially with these best tips and tricks that will give your home an effortless look you will love.
Lighten Up Your Home
Longer day means more time to enjoy the natural light, so throw open the windows and pull back the curtains. Let in the fresh air and feel the warmth by swapping heavy curtains with ones that are light and airy. Whites, creams, or pale hues of blue, green, or yellow will cheer up any space - or try sheer gossamer drapes that flow with the warm breeze. The idea is to invite as much light into the room as possible, whether it’s your living room, bedroom, or kitchen.
Pare down heavy accessories from your rooms and think of “brightening” the space so it feels cheerful versus gloomy. Accessorize with brighter colors, whether it be a set of floral print throw pillows for your sofa or a glass vase with a colorful arrangement of fresh-cut flowers adorning your coffee table. It’s all about color and décor that makes a space bright and playful! Think sunflower yellow, coral, lime green, or turquoise to create that lovely summertime magic.
For the kitchen, bring out your fun, festive dishware which will add a delightful ambiance to each meal. Mix floral, tropical, or nautical-theme accents to your tabletop décor: from tablecloths, everyday plates and bowls, and glassware. A large bowl with fresh citrus on your kitchen countertop, or pots of indoor greenery, or an assortment of succulents will bring a beautiful organic appeal to your dining table or end tables. (Learn more by checking out our blog post on “How to use plants as accessories.”)
Create a Bedroom Oasis
Switch out your heavier blankets, bed sheets, and duvet covers with bedding that looks and feels light and makes for a comfy slumber when the weather heats up. Cottons and linens are wonderful fabric choices; beach-inspired patterns and color palettes are perfect for summer bedroom decorating.
If you’re looking for a bed makeover and fresh summer bedding, try our Relaxed Cotton Percale bedsheets made from 100% long-staple cotton that is cool and crisp to the touch, breathable, ultra-soft, and Oeko-tex Certified. For a duvet cover, nothing compares to our Linen Duvet Cover, which is perfect all-year-round—elegant yet effortless with its lived-in softness. And we have matching Linen Shams too!
Turn Your Backyard into a Summer Retreat
Whether you have a back porch or a yard, transform it into your very own retreat for relaxing and soaking in the sun or for entertaining. Add an indoor/outdoor rug to make the space comfy; add an outdoor umbrella, chairs, benches, and an outdoor dining table to eat alfresco.
Having an outdoor rug gives a focal point to your space that you can decorate around with seating and cushions. We have a selection of indoor/outdoor rugs that inspire an easy, breezy lifestyle that gives any space a chic look. Check out our area rug options here!
Hang up string lights from trees to enjoy the night air, or add a fire feature for sitting around and stargazing. How about hanging a hammock or bringing out a lounge chair for an afternoon siesta? Nothing beats a blissful snooze outdoors in the warm air and shade.
Take the time to relax and enjoy this summer by letting your home be your very own peaceful getaway! Take care!