Each week, Mansion Global tackles a topic with an elite group of designers from around the world who work on luxury properties. This week, we explore how to prepare your interiors for summer.
As temperatures creep up, it’s time to shed any cool-weather decor and refresh your house to reflect the summer season.
“When the warmer months arrive, we like to transition our homes from the coziness of winter to the light and airy mood of summer,” said Mark Lavender, principal designer at M. Lavender Interiors in Memphis, Tennessee, and Winnetka, Illinois.
Preparing outdoor rooms is an excellent place to start. “Wash and fluff your outdoor furniture and pillows––it provides a clean slate for the season and spruces up your yard,” Mr. Lavender suggested.
For additional ideas on transforming a home for the warm weather ahead, we turned to several design pros who share tips on color, materials and mood.
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Declutter and Lighten up
“Clear off any tables to leave room for open surfaces. Consider moving books, magazines and other small decorative objects into a cabinet for the season and take any houseplants outside for a vacation. This not only frees up your interior space, but provides a great change of scenery. A candle and some simple fresh flowers are all you really need.
“Scented candles should always evoke a mood or place. So for the summer, take your home to the beach with a fresh ‘salt air’ candle with hints of coconut or ‘fresh cut grass.’ It will instantly transform the feeling of the room.
“Take the warm weather as an opportunity to use the boldly colored dishes and glassware that you may have stored away the rest of the year. For napkins, linens and table settings, keep