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Summer Apartment Decor Do's and Dont's

Jun 27th, 2014

Summer is in full swing, but something seems to be missing. Oh, that’s right. Your apartment decor doesn’t yet reflect the season that has made its presence fully known and felt outside.

If you want some inspiration for your summer apartment decor project, these helpful do’s and dont’s will steer you in the right direction.

Apartment Decor Do’s

Brighten Things Up

If you haven’t already done so, add some color to your living area. This will brighten the mood for a few months before the leaves start to change and the time comes to dig out your brown and burnt orange harvest decor again.

Think Picnic

Nothing screams summertime like a picnic. And you don’t have to prepare an elaborate portable meal and risk dirtying one of your favorite blankets in order to have one. Pick up a red-and-white checkered tablecloth and fashion a centerpiece from a wicker basket, fresh fruit, and flowers. Just be sure to keep that ice tea pitcher filled all summer long, and you can have a picnic in your apartment dining room whenever you want.

Go Nautical

Most of us can only spend a week or two each year lounging on a beautiful white, sandy beach with a tropical drink in our hand and. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream otherwise, right? A coastal, or nautical, decor theme featuring sand, seashells, and no shortage of the color blue can help you imagine retiring to the beach every evening.

Use Stripes

Perhaps it’s because Independence Day falls in the middle of the summer, but something about stripes and stars feels especially, well, summery. Pick up inexpensive striped tablecloths and pillow throws or fashion your own using white linens and fabric paint or painters’ tape.

String Up Summer Lights

String lights aren’t just for the holiday season. Hang strands of light-colored bulbs on your balcony to keep things festive as you enjoy the pleasant summer evenings.

Apartment Decor Don’ts

Play it too Safe

Summer is about being bold and colorful. If you have a bright idea to spruce up your apartment and it checks out against all the major decorating rules, give it a go!  You may end up loving the change; but even if you don’t, it’s only temporary.

Cramp Your Living Space

Whatever changes you decide to make, try to keep it simple. For every new item you display, try to take an existing piece down to donate or box up for later. Don’t allow your furnishings and decor to accumulate until you can hardly move.

Forget the Bigger Picture

Everything that stands, sits, or hangs in a room should go together. Keep this in mind as you plan and decorate, and make sure everything feels proportionate and to scale.

Studies have shown the design and decor of a room can have an impact on your mood, health, and well-being. Make this summer especially lively and incorporate summer in your apartment decorating plan.

What is your favorite summer decor “do?” Share with us in the comments!

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