How to Transform Your Home Just in Time for Summer

“‘Light and bright’ is my motto for the summer. It’s a great time to swap out small accessories in a room to create a different feel. I like to change the throw pillows in a room to ones that are perky, colorful, and less serious. Fresh flowers in loose arrangements are a must.”

—Nancy Davilman, ND Interiors 


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“The summer months are about enjoying the abundance of color and textures of nature in full bloom. I recommend that my clients go to the local markets and shop for fresh and colorful flowers. You don’t need to spend a lot of time and planning to have a beautiful summer arrangement; in fact, the messier, less deliberate, and the more colorful mix of flowers the better.”

—Alice Pirsu, Alice Pirsu Interiors


“Try purchasing an inexpensive sisal or faux sisal rug in a driftwood gray for your family room or eating area; the room will take on a whole different vibe. Consider taking down the drapery [from your window treatments] for the summer. It’s a great time to have them cleaned, and it will make your room feel infinitely lighter and brighter.”

—Debra Funt, Debra Funt Interiors

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“Accessorize your space with reflective items that will show off summer’s sunshine: Choose a mirrored tray instead of a wooden one or use iridescent vases instead of ceramic ones to show off the sun’s rays.”

—Betsy Helmuth, Affordable Interior Design