Thursday, March 27, 2014

Summer time love....

While half of the world awakes to the excitement of Spring approaching, the rest of us slowly prepare for  winter snaps in woolly socks! Summer is definitely my favourite time of the year, as living is easy and uncomplicated, letting the outside in and creating an atmosphere of renewal and awakening.

Creating that ultimate summer home, even if you don't live near the ocean is not as difficult as you may think. The key is keeping it simple and allowing nature and light inside, doing away with clutter and selecting just a few key accessories that will define your look.

White is a timeless classic and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the season. Most people fear the use of white flooring but the impact it makes to your senses and the options it presents to stand the test of time will never be regretted. Although the chippy white floorboards are not everyone's cup of tea, another more modern and "clean" option would be screened concrete floors in the tone of your choice. Surprisingly warm all year round, this is a perfect option if you have small children or pets as cleaning is a breeze. 

Various tones of blues, combined with white also create the summer time seaside classic .
The combination of these two tones of color, sets a mood reminiscent of seaside holidays and innocence.

 Whatever your style, whether old or new, creating the coastal style has never been easier and more fun!

Double doors letting the light and fresh air flow through for ultimate summer time living. Combine old and new effortlessly whilst still keeping a fresh and clean mood!

A modern bed frame sits comfortably next to a shabby door. Using old recycled door frames in a new home instantly adds character and style without breaking the bank!

A wooden ladder is the perfect way to store your hand towels whilst adding that Mediterranean feel.

Keeping it simple is the key to creating an effortless beach style. Shabby stained floorboards, accompanied by a few blue and white accessories such as rugs and cushions and a vintage white bed frame sets the mood perfectly to relax and unwind.

Its all in the details. Small areas of wall space that is otherwise unused can create  small focal point pockets that emphasise the mood or style you are trying to create. This way you can continuously change the objects to create interest and showcase your treasures!

Converting an attic into an additional bedroom space is a cost effective way to create more space and at the same time giving the guests or children a private space to call their own.

A classic Mediterranean look that is easily achieved with very little cost. Lime washed walls with typically European display coves combined with a few key accessories and a vintage tub and voila! I just love this rug it really brings the whole room together and your color scheme can easily be updated with just a few accessories like towels and wall hangings.
Images via Pinterest - Something Blue Living

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