In this post: Looking to add a note of summer color to your home this season? This retro summer color palette will add cheer to your summer decor.⇒
What makes color seasonal?
After all, the full breadth of the color spectrum is available to us all year long. So why do we see oranges and golds as fall colors and pinks and greens as spring colors?
The answer is context.
In fact, sometimes the exact same color palette can work for more than one season depending on the thematic context you experience it in. For instance, white can read as the epitome of winter, particularly when mixed with silver and ice blue, as it reminds us of snow seen out of our windows.
Yet a pure clear white can also be reminiscent of wispy summer linens billowing in the morning sun.
When it comes to color, context is everything. This is precisely why designers work with a theme when designing a collection or a space. It serves as a foundation upon which to build a palette, select fabrics, incorporate patterns and style the details.
Today I’d like to talk about summer color, highlighting a fun retro palette for your summer table or decor.
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The palette I’d like to highlight is inspired by mid-century Monte Carlo. When I talk about context in design this kind of influence is exactly what I’m referring to.
The look is achieved with soft but cheerful colors including blush pink, aqua and sky blue, along with retro patterns and motifs and mid-century modern shapes.
Think villa on the Mediterranean coast in the 1950’s and 60’s.
You can see these retro pastels highlighted in this inviting summer tablescape.
Any one of these tones used by itself might signal a completely different design style. Yet used together, they all but scream mid-century pastels on the Riviera.
The napkins above, for instance, are reminiscent of a 1950’s kerchief wrapped around a starlet’s bobbing ponytail. I can almost see the convertible and cat-eye sunglasses that finish off the package.
Rose pink tumblers in a classic french pattern provide a warmer note, reflecting the lovely peonies on the table.
You can see more of this look in the collages above and below, featuring a selection of items for both the table and the home.
Then check out the shopping guide beneath them to bring this light-hearted look to your rooms.
If you enjoy the sunny outlook that summer brings, this palette should work for you perfectly.
Then when the season changes, all you really need to do is to change the context and maybe an accent color and you’re ready to move forward with a new seasonal look!
Summer Color Resource Guide
To get the look, click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. If an item is out of stock but may be restocked, I left it on the list.
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