Monday, August 3, 2009

Summer Color Palette Chez Moi

The ocean, blueberry pie and massive clusters of hydrangeas can only mean one thing… SUMMER!

While retail is already pushing back to school, I’m still enjoying my summer color palette.  I love to accessorize with all shades from turquoise to navy… It soothes and calms a space, and even makes it feel cooler and breezier.  And with pops of pink, it becomes so young and happy.


shannon fricke Blue Flowers

The only rival to the pink peony is the blue hydrangea. If you want to be surrounded, and I do mean surrounded by them, pack your bag and head to Cape Cod right now!


  decorology pink and blue beach pillows

Pillows for a lovely summer nap.


 shannon fricke carolina hererra jr living room

I love the unexpected turquoise blue lantern in Carolina Herrera Jr’s apartment.  She uses lots of girly pink and the blue adds some edge.


 room service blog blue floral chair

Flowers, slipcovers, bright pool blue… can’t you imagine plopping down to finish your beach read here?


 house beautifl etched venetian mirror and blue commode

My Last Minute Standby: Flowers are the easiest and quickest way to transform a space!   While a white orchid brings an air of elegance, this fuchsia pink one really livens this hallway.


 shannon fricke berries

And for those O.C.D. moments when you want to match your dessert to your decor, berries are the answer.  KIDDING.   Well, I’m kidding about the matching, but not about eating delicious berries all summer long!


 simply natural blue and white

The stylish orchid strikes again!  Love the blue carafe too.


I try to find easy ways to bring these colors in…

Throw Pillows Covers that can be changed easily the moment Autumn arrives

Similarly, add a table runner in these colors from a strip of fabric (I used my grain sack  that has a bold blue stripe)

Clippings of pink flowers scattered about… and it doesn’t have to be a fancy or fine flower.  I’ll use bougainvillea, lantana, oleander and anything else that is blooming in my yard!

Changing the photographs in my frames on the wall to pull out these colors further.

Pink candles (Yes, colored candles! Not only did I purchase them, I actually displayed them… but only for the summer… back to white soon!)

Adding colored crystals to my chandelier (didn’t get to this in ‘09, but it’s on the list for ‘10!)

1st Dibs Fernworks Antiques Italian 30s blue beaded chandedlier


What colors speak Summer to you?  How do you incorporate them into your interiors? Do share!


{Photos via 1.  3. & 6. Shannon Fricke, 2. Decorology, 4. Room Service, 5. House Beautiful, 7. Simply Natural}


Carla said...

HI Alice, what a lovely post. The colours are so beautiful... lovely choice. Carla x

Britt said...

I love this color combo - beautiful!

Renae said...

Your pictures displayed these colors beautifully!

Michelle said...

OO...that really is a great pallette!! Especially in the middle of berry season :)


Velvet and Linen said...

Your pictures are so convincing that I can't think of any other color scheme that represents summer so well. When I am by the beach, I think of summer as crisp white with touches of blue. At my home in Santa Monica, I think of summer as the colors in my garden: limey greens, pinks and lavender.
Have a wonderful weekend, Alice.


vicki archer said...

Stunning pics and I am so happy summer is still with us...Enjoy your weekend, xv.

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