With kids, pets or a particularly messy significant other, it can be hard to reimagine your home decor with all the light colors, delicate patterns and warm shades of summer. Wanting a perfectly white couch or a touch of soft millennial pink in your house without redecorating your home from the ground up? There are plenty of easy ways to bring the lighter neutral hues of the season indoors and still make your house feel like your home.
Plus finding the right shades of neutral for your farmhouse decor will help give you a fresh, clean palette for accessories, artwork and all those adorable, Pinterest-worthy succulents.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” —Anne Bradstreet
50 Shades of Gray
Nowhere is it written that you can’t mix and match colors, textures and patterns in your home. In fact, even neutral-toned homes need just a touch of color to offset all those monochromatic shades. But for a cleaner look and more refined style, build upon the colors already in your home.
Pinpoint the neutral tones in your farmhouse decor — maybe a cream couch or a soft gray wall—and use those as your design foundation. That brown leather couch can be elevated with warm pinks or a bold ocean green. That cool gray wall? Opt for blues or a soft lavender.
Don’t forget you can always layer in different shades of your favorite neutral. Using a few varying shades of gray or cream can bring a lot of depth to an otherwise seemingly blank canvas. Additionally, neutral patterns can bring some texture and variety to your decor.
The most popular paint colors in America are bright white, antique white and beige.
All the Small Things
Accessories make or break an outfit the same way they make or break a room. Don’t rush out and buy new lamps to accommodate your new neutral summertime look, just find small ways to bring the outdoors inside.
Pick up a few pillow covers in different hues to switch out the look of your throw pillows seasonally. Add a few hanging plants for the home (bonus points if you make them yourself!). Pop your heavy red blanket in the closet for next winter and drape a soft pink pashmina over your cream armchair.
Don’t skip on the spring cleaning. Up to 70 percent of dust particles are comprised of dead skin flakes. Yuck!
To the Windows, To the Walls
If you have heavy, dark curtains, now is the time to switch them up! Lighter curtains are an easy (and inexpensive) way to dramatically change the look of your whole room. Plus a sheer curtain not only looks romantic but think of all that warm, natural light you’ll let into your home!
Use a neutral tone that will pair well with your current farmhouse decor, or choose an offset hue. Try light gray, cream, white, or even a pale pastel like a blue-gray if you want just a touch of color.
Additionally, dark picture frames can be switched up with some crisp white or warm neutral hues. If you’re feeling really ambitious, head to your local craft store. Because with a canvas and some paint, you can let your creativity run wild!
“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.” —Charles Dickens
Admittedly, rugs can cost a pretty penny depending on the quality, weight and size of the piece. But consider picking up a new area rug. It doesn’t have to cost too much and can last you and your family season after season. Just pick a neutral color that will go with the rest of your farmhouse decor. It will add texture and depth to any room.
Try swapping out the rug in your living room, dining area or even just a few of the smaller rugs in the kitchen and bathroom to make the whole house feel lighter for summer.
The Pazyryk rug is one of the oldest carpets in the world, dating around the 5th century. BC. It was found in 1949 in the grave of a Scythian nobleman in the Altai Mountains in Kazakhstan.