Maria DiCarlo - Wakefield, MA Real Estate, Reading, MA Real Estate


When it gets to the thick of the summer season, everything moves at a slower pace. You can literally feel the change in the world around you. People feel more relaxed, and there’s a carefree feeling in the air. Here’s some of the trends for summer that you should consider incorporating into the interior design of your home. With these tips, you’ll have a fresh and colorful home that screams “it’s summer” all season long. Stay Away From Patterns And Keep It Simple Have you ever looked at something that was so busy that it gave you a headache? When you have too many patterns in your home, there’s nothing for the eyes to focus on. That’s one of the biggest design mistakes- not having a set focal point in the room. You should trade in your pattern laden items for solid colors. That pillow with the crazy pattern can simply be switched out for one with a solid base. Simple changes like this can make all the difference in your home’s interior. Be Playful Summertime is a fun season. You should add some fun to your home to represent the times. Place games and whimsical figurines around your home to add the fun and light feeling to your home. Everyone who enters your home should have the sense that your home is ready for summer. Summer Is The Light And Airy Season The summer is a time where people are attracted toward bright, clean spaces. Usually people think of white as a clean color. White is a refreshing color which makes it perfect for the summer, which can sometimes be hot and sticky. You can work with white that already exists in your home, finding colors that contrast well like shades of blue. Adding white pieces works as well. Tile and cabinetry are the most common items that you’ll find in your home that are white. While you may not want to bring out a paintbrush for the season if your cabinets are a different color, there’s other things that you can do. Swap out your bathroom accessories for a lighter, more airy color. Change up the set of dishes that you use in your kitchen to a set that feels more summery. Color Pops Can Make Any Room Bold  Summer brings out everything that is bold in the world. The sights of summer are more vibrant, the sounds are more crisp and the flavors are more intense. If you’re often afraid to try something out of ordinary or to use color in a new way, give the idea of adding pops of color a try. You can do anything in a room to add some color. You might consider painting a piece of furniture. If you want to keep it simple, think of getting a throw pillow or an accent rug that is bold in color.

Decorating a home is no simple task. You have to consider the architectural style of the house,  how to best use the space to avoid clutter, and to give the home a sense of cohesion and continuity across the rooms.

Professional interior decorators attend school and earn degrees and certificates that help them make these difficult decisions. After all, things like furniture and appliances are expensive items--you don’t want to spend a lot of money on items only to decide later that they don’t go well together.

If you don’t have plans on hiring or becoming an interior decorator, there are a few simple rules you can follow to make sure your home has its own tasteful appearance and atmosphere.

Whether you’re buying your first home, redecorating your current home, or staging a home you hope to sell, these tips will help you create a look that will leave an impression on anyone who steps foot inside.

Space and negative space

In art, negative space is a space on the canvas intentionally left blank. For home design, negative space is an important aspect of decorating any room. Negative space in a home means a part of the room or wall that is left open, free of furniture, decorations, or clutter.

In practice, negative space serves two important functions. First, it creates a spacious atmosphere. Cluttered rooms typically have a negative effect on us, particularly over long periods of time. Rooms with negative space also tend to be let in more light, which improves the overall spaciousness of the room.

The second function of negative space is to draw attention to certain features of a room. On a wooded hilltop, you won’t notice just one tree. But on a hill with only one tree, it becomes easier to focus and appreciate that single tree. This rule also applies to the interior of your home. To showcase a piece of furniture or a painting on the wall, you’ll want to surround it with some negative space.

Balance and symmetry

Two concepts that hold true in different types of design are the usefulness of balance and symmetry, and understanding when it’s okay to break the rules (make a room asymmetrical).

Having symmetry around your dining room table is usually a good idea. You want the same number of chairs on each side and you want the chairs to match. However, when choosing living room furniture, asymmetrical design can come in handy when pairing a couch with two armchairs.

What does it mean to balance a room? Take a look around your kitchen and living room. Are there some items that are much taller than others? Are some items crowded into one corner? It may become habit to simply place items wherever they fit, but sometimes it’s a better option to rearrange furniture to create vertical and horizontal balance.

Create a color palette

The colors of your home are of utmost importance when it comes to creating a good design. One good way to prepare for color issues is to create color palettes for your home--one for each room, and one master palette. Doing this will help you choose furniture, paint, and decorations that will not only look good in each room, but will flow as you walk through the house.


Have you ever looked around your home and just felt that something was missing? Have you had the feeling that something was off in your home? There are certain design and decor mistakes that you can make inside of your home that may not be so obvious. We’ll give you the information that you need to fix these mistakes and bring back the balance in your home. 


Not Enough Lighting


Either you don’t have enough lights in a room, or the lights are not in a good place. You need to make a plan with your lighting as you would with your furniture pieces. Make sure work areas have task lighting, that accent lamps are present to add personality and overhead lighting is spread or or set with a dimmer. This will diversify your lighting types and strengths to help every area of each room be properly lit.   


Everything Is Against The Wall


If you enter a room and everything is up against the walls, there’s a problem there! It seems cold and kind of boring if a room appears this way. Make sure that things are at least a few feet apart within a room. Also, try and put some pieces of furniture at angles. Even if you simply put the area rug at an angle, it will make a difference. 


There’s Too Much Clutter


If you have too much “stuff” in any room, it can be an issue. If there’s no focal point, it’s easy to overlook each piece. Decorate your rooms so that everything has a place to stand out. Purge your decor at least once a year in order to keep the things that you really love around. Get rid of the tired, boring decor that’s not adding anything to your home. You can also switch up your accessories a few times a year and put away decor that doesn’t gel with the season. 


One Color Rules All 


You shouldn’t have too much of one color in any room of your home. You’ll need to be sure that you mix it up. If the room is a beige color and your couch is also a neutral tone, place some colorful throw pillows on the sofa to get a pop of color and a bright effect in he room. Choose artwork carefully as well, helping to contrast the wall colors.  


There’s No Personality In Your Home


If everything in your home is polished, there’s little room for you to shine through. The most important thing about home decorating is for your personality to be present. While following design rules is a good idea, don’t be so caught up in the “rules” that you forget to show what you like. Let your home represent who you are.




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