It’s always exciting to update your décor for a new season. The change over from winter to spring brings fresh new colors and fun spring patterns. But many people neglect to switch their décor from Spring to Summer. In the heart of summer, the days are long and the sun is scorching. Ideally, your home should feel like a cool escape from the hot summer heat. Here are our top four summer décor updates to help you keep your cool this summer.

Lighten Up


While deep, rich colors may make you feel warm and cozy in the winter, in the summer you want your home to feel light and airy. Swap out warm and heavy hues for light beachy shades like white, cream, and pale blue. This Millennium Tower condo in Boston feels like a breath of fresh air from the moment you step in the room. The crisp, white furniture paired with repeating touches of sky blue gives this tailored space a cool, refreshing atmosphere.

Bringing more light into your home isn’t just about brightening the colors. Take advantage of the longer days and skip window treatments in order to increase light indoors. Unless privacy is an issue, forgo the sheers and blinds and flood the room with natural light. Removing curtains can also highlight a great view and make your window seem like a piece of art.

Bring the Outside In


If you live in an urban area and don’t have a lot of outdoor space, you can revitalize your home for summer by bringing outdoor elements inside. House plants are a great way to add greenery and life to any room. Be sure to consider scale and select the right size plants for the room.

You can also incorporate natural elements in your décor in unexpected ways. When designing the Moonacy Music Room in Minneapolis, Shelly used bespoke tree-branch chandeliers to draw the eye upward. Paired with the soaring ceilings and tall windows, it gives the dining table the feeling of being in a forest.

Expand your Living Space

Penthouse at Carlyle


One of this summer’s hottest design trends is fabulous outdoor living spaces. If you live in Los Angeles and enjoy beautiful weather all year long, taking advantage of outdoor areas can expand your living space in unexpected ways. By adding comfortable furniture, and beautiful accents such as privacy screens and side tables you can turn almost any outdoor space into a functional outdoor room.

This modern penthouse makes the most of a sunny patio by creating a relaxing oasis to sit and enjoy a drink and read a book. A comfortable lounge chair is elevated by a gorgeous hand-carved side table and stunning fire feature. The two ottomans work double duty by providing both extra seating and attractive storage. The addition of potted plants and flowers helps make the urban getaway feel more like a garden.

Incorporate Summer Colors that Pop


One of the quickest and easiest ways to update your décor for summer is to liven up your color scheme. By updating textiles such as pillows, throws, and area rugs with fun summer colors, you can completely transform the look of your home. Adding pops of bright yellow and turquoise throughout this Boston condo creates a fun summer vibe. The wave pattern on the area rug is reminiscent of water and also adds to the fresh, summer feeling.

If you’re looking for a Los Angeles interior designer to help revitalize your summer décor, call Shelly Dávid today. Whether you live in LA or anywhere in the world, the CIH Design team can provide beautiful custom designs for your Los Angeles home. Our photorealistic renderings will allow you to view and approve the entire design from wherever you might be. Contact us today to talk about your next Los Angeles interior design project.