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Tweak your summer home design with small decorating changes

June 27, 2014

hardwood floorsThe authentic, distressed style of Anderson's Gnarly Plank collection offers hardwood flooring that knows no season. It warms up rooms in winter, and with just minor decorating changes, works as well with summer decor. Around flooring with such long-lasting appeal, homeowners can make simple seasonal changes to infuse summer into their home design.

Accessories like area rugs and textured pillows may make your home more cozy in winter, but in summer the goal is to lighten and brighten rooms.

Just as you bring out favorite decorations for holidays throughout the year, certain home furnishings fit some seasons better than others. Slipcovers are among them. Adding slipcovers is a simple but effective way to introduce lighter colors into summer home decor by covering deeper hues in upholstered pieces, according to

Slipcovers come in colors, fabrics and styles from form-fitting covers that are a good choice for modern decor to traditional ones with pleated skirts. Mixing fabrics and patterns works best when slipcovers complement existing soft furnishings such as window treatments and area rugs.

For summer, using softer colors like pastels give the illusion of a monochromatic effect. Lightly-patterned fabrics, florals and stripes are quintessential summer looks that can give your sofas and cushioned chairs a fresh appeal.

A single pendant light or a set of wall sconces can transform a room. While pendants are usually found in kitchens and sconces in living rooms, they can be installed anywhere as long as they're in proportion to the rest of the furnishings and in sync with the room design.

Country Living magazine recommended that you upgrade your lamps by buying new shades or adding trim to the existing ones that are in good condition. Paint the lamp base, add metallic touches to its edges or create a stenciled pattern over existing paint. This may be all you need to do to create a new style that fits best with your furnishings.

Window coverings
During the longer days of summer, maximize the natural light in your home by changing heavier window treatments with lighter fabrics that allows filtered light to come through all day. Lace, organza or mesh panels in white or off-white are great by themselves or offset by fabric valances.

If you like shades, install roman shades in wheat-colored, textured fabric and you won't have to bother with drapes at all. They have the function of a shade and the style of a curtain in one covering.