Friday, 20 June 2014

Midsummer decorating: simple and sassy

Summer solstice, the longest day of the year is around the corner, marking the official kick off of summer. Finally!

There's no time to spare, let's plunge into the season, letting simplicity and a no-fuss approach be our guidelines.

That's exactly what my fellow Swedes are doing right now. Midsummer garners big celebrations there, and Swedes, who are known for their simple aesthetics, don't tend to complicate things as they embrace the season. "Easy and practical" is the mantra of the day. Sounds good to me!

Here a five things that we can copy from this approach this summer:

Photo: Livet Hemma.
1) Bring the outside in
Flowers, flowers everywhere we look. Fill a tall glass vase with some greenery - even one single fern stem can transform a whole room. My best pick right now: lupins in a range of blues, purple and pink.

2) Ditch the curtains
I recently removed the curtains in my dining room, which made it feel like new. I love the clean look, and the fact that it allows more light to come in and more of the lush greenery outside to be visible.

Ditch the curtains for a summery look. Photo: Bemz.

Photo: Livet hemma.
3) Create outdoor destinations
Make sure you enjoy the outdoors. Introduce at least two seating arrangements in your yard or patio, which you can use at different times of the day, depending on the location of the sun.
4) White base - colourful accents
A vibrant summer palette looks modern, clean and happy combined with lots of white - the ultimate summer colour.
5) Less is more
Our summer rooms are best kept clutter-free and easy to clean, to allow for a care-free life style. Keep only what is truly functional, beautiful and what you really love. Happy summer!
Photo: Bemz.

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