How to Decorate With Summer Whites

With the heat of the summer sun upon us, the crisp cool look of white and pale colors are back in vogue once again. Decorating using only the lightest of shades may feel challenging – how do you create an interesting interior that doesn’t look too flat or lifeless?

alto living room detail

Source: Oak Furniture Land Alto Coffee Table

Happily, you can easily achieve that pale and interesting summer aesthetic with a few simple tips. So, grab a can of bright white paint, or pull together your favorite light-finished furniture and accessories for the perfect ‘summer whites’ look for your home this season!

Parisian Chic

bella vanity table

Source: Oak Furniture Land Bella Vanity Table and Vanity Table Stool

If plain white walls feel a bit too stark to you, look to the French for summer interior inspiration. Give your walls a boudoir feel by adding some wall or ceiling moldings to add texture and interest, and then keep your paint choices on the paler side for instant Parisian chic.

Go Graphic

urban style workspace

Source: Oak Furniture Land Mantis Light Office Desk and Seychelles Painted Plain Charcoal Fabric Dining Chair

For a more modern look, employ the use of light-colored graphic patterns for walls or as a focal point in your room. White walls and flooring provide the perfect backdrop for strong simple graphic accessories or accents in black or gray.

Flower Power


Source: Oak Furniture Land Shay Painted Nesting Tables

If you favor a more traditional feel in your home, try bringing in florals to punctuate white walls and painted floorboards. This easy-living look works best with a mix-and-match approach, but be sure to choose floral patterns with pale backgrounds to keep the style light and airy for summer.

Bring in Texture

loft white ceramic LED candle

Source: Lights4Fun

One of the most important factors in choosing a lighter color scheme is ensuring there are plenty of touchable textures to create depth in your room. Choose a pale low-pile cotton rug on your floor, linen pillows for sofas and beds, and warm textured ceramics which other to create a more layered and interesting space.

Light It Up

living room with black and white floor lamp

Source: DelightFULL

Whether it’s a simple pair of lamps on your nightstands or the perfect bit of illumination to add to your dining room table,  don’t let lighting be an oversight in your design. When decorating using pale colors, make sure your lighting makes an impact, too. Consider creating a stark contrast with black fixtures or choose natural materials like rattan or wood to ensure your lighting stands out.

Finishing Touches

leather strap side table with grid moodboard above bed

Source: H and G Designs

And finally, don’t forget the all-important finishing touches in any room. For a light color scheme, accessories like artwork, cushions, add depth to an airy room. Consider natural wood frames for your prints, a touch of leather for texture, and natural linen or cotton for your window treatments.

Will you be creating a for your home this season? We’d love to see! Share your pictures on Twitter and Instagram using #oakfurnitureland.

Looking for more tips to bring summer to your outside areas? Check out our top tips here.

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