Coastal Style

10 Ways to Receive Your Living Room in the Summer Spirit

Summer trying to get a more relaxed approach to decorating — chill out from an indoor hammock, substitute a door with airy mosquito netting, and worry less about feet on the sofa (hint: use slipcovers). Get 11 methods to update your living room for easy summer living beneath.

Kate Jackson Design

Place just a couple beach-inspired accents. A few carefully chosen bits are all you want to change the appearance of your living room for summertime.

Try placing a giant real or faux clamshell on the coffee table, either vacant as shown here or filled with fresh lemons. The rope-covered glass buoy tucked under the table here is sculptural, and the contemporary sea-inspired art print keeps the space feeling present rather than overly theme-y.

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SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.

Insert a daybed. Encourage idle afternoon naps by replacing your usual pair of armchairs or sofa with a daybed. Topped with a couple white and blue cushions, it may just as easily serve as a seat for 2 or lounging spot for one.

White curtains and creamy white painted floors create a relaxing background for eclectic finds in this living room. A live-edge wooden dining table, rope and iron mirror, and drum table insert into the earthy coastal aesthetic.

Holly Marder

String up a hammock indoors. There is absolutely not any reason to maintain the pleasure of a hammock relegated to the yard. Hanging one indoors will instantly transform your space into a relaxation zone.

Geoff Associates & Chick

Craft an artsy sand set. Decked out a whole bunch of identical little glass bottles with cork tops and fill them as the summer goes on with handfuls of sand from each shore you go to. Label each bottle with the date and place, and place each one of the bottles on a plate against a map background.

Terracotta Design Build

Go for woven accessories and stained wood. Natural materials and intriguing textures telegraph a laidback vibe. A large woven basket is amazingly versatile — use it to carry papers, firewood, additional cushions, or kids’ toys, or even as a cachepot to get an indoor tree.

Penguin Random House

Swap out your light to get a capiz pendant. Capiz shells have a slightly iridescent quality that gives them a lavish but nevertheless beachy feel. Capiz bracelets and pendants reflect the light in a gorgeous way.

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Adrianna Beech

Set up a self-serve beverage tray. On hot days why not maintain a big dispenser filled with ice water at hand on a bar cart or console desk? Perk up plain water with pieces of lemon or another fresh fruit, cucumber or mint.

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Adrianna Beech

Cover your furniture with white slipcovers. Washable white slipcovers made from a solid cloth like duck or denim seem fresh and summery, and they clean up with ease (along with a little bleach).

Notice how white slipcovers can be sensible

Mykonos Panormos Villas

Go doorless. Keep things breezy by eliminating a door or 2. Hang mosquito netting or sheer drape panels rather for a tropical appearance.

Corynne Pless

Keep a happy mess of summery accessories on screen. Straw hats and colorful totes spilling out of the entrance? Hang them on a simple row of hooks in your living room to get a cheerful, practical screen.

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