Decorating tips for Refreshing Your Arizona Home in the Summer

Refreshing your Arizona home for the summer can involve bright, airy designs that help counter the heat and bring a fresh, inviting feel. Here are some creative decorating tips from interior designers that you might enjoy:

1. Light and Bright Colors

Paint: Choose light, cool colors like whites, soft blues, and pale greens. These colors reflect light and make spaces feel cooler and larger.

Accessories: Incorporate bright, summery colors through throw pillows, rugs, and other accessories. Think of colors like turquoise, coral, and sunny yellow.

2. Natural Elements

Materials: Use natural materials such as wicker, rattan, and light woods for furniture. These materials have a breezy, relaxed vibe.

Plants: Add indoor plants like succulents, cacti, and air plants. They not only thrive in the desert environment but also bring life and a touch of nature indoors.

3. Sheer Curtains

  • Window Treatments: Replace heavy drapes with sheer curtains. They allow natural light to filter through while still providing some privacy and keeping the room feeling light and airy.

4. Cool Fabrics

  • Textiles: Swap out heavy fabrics for lightweight options like cotton or linen. Use these materials for bedding, upholstery, and throws to keep things cool and comfortable. Changing out heavy bedding and adding a bright throw pillow can make the entire room feel lighter and brighter!

5. Outdoor-Inspired Decor

  • Theme: Incorporate elements that reflect the beauty of the Arizona desert. Think about using desert-inspired artwork, pottery, and textiles with southwestern patterns.
  • Outdoor Spaces: Extend your living space outdoors with comfortable seating areas, shaded with pergolas or umbrellas. Use outdoor rugs and cushions to make it feel like an extension of your home.

6. Mirrors and Reflective Surfaces

  • Mirrors: Strategically place mirrors to reflect light and make rooms feel larger and brighter.
  • Reflective Accents: Use glass or metallic accents to add a touch of sparkle and enhance the sense of space.

7. Minimalism

  • Declutter: Embrace a minimalist approach by decluttering spaces. Fewer items on surfaces and walls can make a room feel more open and cooler. This is great to do any time of year!
  • Functional Furniture: Choose furniture pieces that serve multiple purposes to maintain a clean and spacious look.

8. Rug Swap

  • Rugs: Use lightweight rugs in high-traffic areas to add comfort without trapping heat.

9. Ceiling Fans

  • Air Circulation: Install ceiling fans in living spaces and bedrooms to help circulate air and keep the rooms cooler.

10. Aromatherapy

  • Scents: Use essential oil diffusers with scents like citrus, eucalyptus, or lavender to create a refreshing and calming atmosphere.

By incorporating these tips, you can create a cool, comfortable, and stylish summer retreat in your Arizona home. Got other tips and hints for fellow Fulton Homes owners? Leave us a comment! Check out our Summertime board on Pinterest for fun summer ideas, recipes, beverages and more!