Indie & Interior Design: Bohemian Summer Style

Summer is the season of music festivals and fashion resembles those from Woodstock and bohemian gypsies. It is full of loose, clean silhouettes, bright colors, flowing prints, and references to lands and times far off. But have you thought about incorporating this into your home? A quick search on Pinterest or Tumblr show some truly amazing concepts, however they seem daunting. Here are some ideas and approaches to this style.

A big part of this style is warm colors and bold prints. It is best to have prints on the beds and solids on the walls. To go bold, paint your walls red,  yellow, purple, pink, or orange. However, for a less permanent option, paint with a neutral color and add bold colors with accessories—lighting, tapestries, rugs, and curtains, for example. To further this style, find a complimentary bed set. The Montana, Shangri-La, Fisher Island, or Park Avenue duvets provide bold, flowing patterns to the space. Just be sure that the colors compliment the colors and that there are not too many patterns, because this can make the space look overcrowded and like the patterns are competing.

The final element is the accessories. Add items like a statue an elephant, crystals, dream catchers, candles, and tapestries to add interest to the space. Another idea is to add either faded faux flowers or dry real flowers, preserved with hairspray in simple glass. Finally, incorporate little vintage elements with Polaroid photographs, globes, and slightly tarnished mirrors.

It is with elements and accessories like these that you fully develop the bohemian style for your space this summer.

Bringing the Outside Indoors

Summer is a more active season with a more personal relationship with the outdoors. Whether it’s via camping, gardening, or boating, we enjoy the outdoors more during the summer. But how can you incorporate this into your home?

There are many ways to incorporate nature’s inspiration in home decor. One way is to have accessories of nature sprinkled throughout the space. This spans traditional items like flowers or bowls of fruit to more unique pieces like decorative branches and ceramic or metal animal heads. You can also add nature via artwork and prints. Coastal and beach bedding prints from the Cottonwood, Oceana, Fisher Island, and Hulopoe Bay collections take direct inspiration from nature—mostly from tropical islands and the ocean. For a bolder interpretation, add complementary accessories. However, for a subtler effect use modern accessories– such as abstract art with complementary colors, metallic statues of ocean- or beach-themed items, and  textured rugs.

Whether you want a bold or subtle interpretation of nature within your home, it will freshen your home for the summer season.

Blue is the Color of Summer

Blue has traditionally been liked and embraced color for centuries. And this summer, according to HGTV it is the color to include in your interior design. But did you know there are other benefits the stylistic to the color blue?

Studies have shown that people, when looking at the color, feel calmer, more sedate, and more intuitive. And according to the Chakra color spectrum, blue increases speech, hearing, and even spiritual communication. What is it about this unique color that effects us like this? It could be due to us associating the color with calming things around us—take the sky or the ocean, for example.

So, how do you add blue to your design without complete redo? The best place to start is the bed. The bedroom must be peaceful because it is a haven of sleep– hence scientists advice not to keep your work or computer there. If you want solid blues, the Profiles Silk  Turquoise Collection provides a soft shade that functions into the colder months. For a modern, summer-weight blue try the Cottonwood or the Checkers Aqua ensembles to bring in blue with strong lines and very clean, geometric patterns. For flowing, bolder prints, the Damai and the Hulopoe Bay sets have darker shades that bridge multiple seasons with timeless and antique-inspired patterns. And finally, if you are looking to bedding that builds on a blue base, amplify the blue with another cool accent color as featured in the Oceana and the Namaste designs. All of these sets have a blue calmness yet invite your own interpretation.

If you are more interested in just adding blue to your space, then adding it to a neutral color scheme is best. For example, pamper yourself with our 100% Egyptian Cotton sheets in 300-threadcount Navy or Sky or 650-threadcount Cyan or Sky and complementary pillows from the Santorini collection. Or enhance the Chakra energy with a small bowl of turquoise and aquamarine stones. Or even adding primarily blue artwork to the room to introduce that calming effect.

So whether you are looking to add a little or a lot, blue is the color to incorporate into your summer style.