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How to Keep the Summer Vibes Going at Home All Year Round

By: Sarah Beaumont

August 31, 2016

Photo by Christina Kayser Onsgaard

We’ll be honest with you. As much as we love flannel, hot cider and pumpkin patches, we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. The good news? You don’t have to. You can have those sunny summer vibes all year round in your home. From palm prints and tropical materials to beachy art and textiles, we’ve got your guide to creating endless summer indoors.

Bring home the beach

If you can’t actually go to the beach, at least you can stare longingly at a picture of it. One of Gray Malin’s popular overhead beach scenes is always a good pick, but don’t be afraid to try something a little different like this saturated flamingo photograph by Annelie Vandendael.

Dare to use denim

Not all summer decor has to be so literal. This zenned-out space by Commune Design is a warm summer breeze in a room. That’s thanks to the informal textures, from the denim coverlet to the jute rug and the bamboo shades.

Weave in rattan

Reminiscent of tiki huts and beach abodes, rattan is the ultimate summer material. But this is a style that’s meant to last through fall. Consider trying the look of the moment — a rattan lampshade.

Incorporate palm prints

Carry your palm prints into the cooler months by layering them with fluffy furs and cowhides in a monochromatic color scheme.

Use summery fabrics

Colorful floral prints and vibrant, geometric patterns scream summer when found on light textiles. Rifle Paper Co. just came out with a new collection of flowery fabrics that’s making us want to reupholster our headboards.

Bring outdoor furniture in

Plants aren’t the only way to bring the outdoors in. Acapulco chairs were originally intended for outdoor use, but their light, woven silhouettes and bold colors give them that endless summer vibe when brought indoors.

Stick with shibori

Even though the tie-dye days are over, you can still mix your shibori prints with dark woods and leathers for a look that’s warm and winter-ready, but full of summer spirit.

Let your golds gleam

Hello, glam-cation. A brass palm tree lamp gleams like the sun in a lavender-toned living room. Instead of bumming about the golden tan you wish you had, incorporate gilded accessories into your space.

Go full on jungle

No need to plant a tropical forest in your place — a little plant life can go a long way. Opt for palms, banana leafs, ferns, succulents, and other warm weather botanicals.

Surf it up

Take a cue from the king of beach photography. Gray Malin’s home is a surf paradise, complete with vibrant colors, surfboard decor, and of course plenty of beach imagery. Can we swing by for a quick vacation?

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