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Breezy, Classic Summer Motifs

If you caught our recent post on the top summer trends of 2016, you know that breezy style is alive and well this season! Today we take a step away from the trendy and focus on the timeless. We’re shining the spotlight on classic summer motifs that will never go out of style. Soak up the seasonal ideas that follow, and be forewarned: you will be tempted to make them a part of your decor year-round…

Blue and White

There’s just something about blue and white! It’s crisp. It evokes the ocean. And it couldn’t be more welcoming for summer. This Blue Ribbon Bedding from Zara Home will create a vacation vibe in your bedroom:

Blue and white bedding from Zara Home
Blue and white bedding from Zara Home

Also from Zara Home is this Turquoise Distressed Printed Velvet Cushion Cover, which channels the azure serenity of the sea:

Refreshing blue cushion cover from Zara Home
Refreshing blue cushion cover from Zara Home

Shades of blue and green pepper the grey couch in the image below, thanks to a collection of velvet cushion covers from H&M Home. Choose a vibrant hue such as teal, and throw in some green for variety. Set against a backdrop of white, these pillow covers are sure to stand out:

Velvet cushion covers from H&M Home
Velvet cushion covers from H&M Home

Blue. White. A hint of teal. Isn’t is summer-perfect?! This beautifully styled space from H&M Home says it all:

Blue and white style from H&M Home
Blue and white style from H&M Home

Sweet Style

What is it about summer that brings out our craving for sweet treats, such as festive fruit, popsicles and sorbet? Sweet motifs never go out of style, and they add a fresh, playful element to summer. For starters, fruity, dessert-y themes are perfect for entertaining. This sorbet bar styling from Paper & Stitch captures the look and feel of summer. The colorful sprinkle pattern in the background adds fun and flair:

Sorbet bar styling from Paper & Stitch
Sorbet bar styling from Paper & Stitch

These DIY Fruit Slice Balloons from Studio DIY for Balloon Time are easy to craft. Embellishing foil balloons with tissue paper creates a colorful, festive display!

Fruit slice balloons from Studio DIY
Fruit slice balloons from Studio DIY

Oh Happy Day’s Fruit Salad Party Mobile makes the most of styrofoam spheres. Ideal for a summer gathering, this modern yet classic decoration is cute enough to leave on display all year long:

Fruit mobile from Oh Happy Day
Fruit mobile from Oh Happy Day

Sweet motifs aren’t just for parties! This Patterned Cushion Cover from H&M Home will refresh your couch with a hint of grapefruit and a bold dose of color. And at only $9.99, it’s a true bargain:

Patterned cushion cover from H&M Home
Patterned cushion cover from H&M Home

Beachy Decor

Nothing is more summery than beachy designs, from seashells to sea creatures. These Coral Print Napkins from Zara Home are the perfect nod to summer. They’re disposable, and they come in a set of 20. Let them set the stage for your next party, or have them on hand to welcome guests who stop by for an impromptu happy hour:

Coral napkins from Zara Home
Coral napkins from Zara Home

Zara Home’s Coral Earthenware Dinnerware is timeless with its botanical feel and dark/light contrast:

Coral dinnerware from Zara Home
Coral dinnerware from Zara Home

This Summer Seafood Boil from Camille Styles features lobster-themed dishware, which blogger Carmen Collins created herself using Shutterfly! Yes, you too can be a product designer!

Seafood party from Camille Styles
Seafood party from Camille Styles

If you’re wanting to create a beachy feel but you’re into glamour rather than earthy summer style, curate an upscale look with tropical accents. This room featuring offerings from H&M Home combines a tufted sofa with palm-print pillows and a touch of gold:

Tropical motifs in a room from H&M Home
Tropical motifs in a room from H&M Home

Stripes

Stripes never go out of style! Summer is the time to let them shine, but don’t be in a hurry to pack them away when the seasons change. This eye-catching tablescape from Paper & Stitch proves that you can mix and match stripes with ease:

Stripes are summer-perfect
Stripes are summer-perfect

Black and white stripes can be found all over CB2’s outdoor furniture collection this summer, and the Filaki Lounger below is no exception:

Striped lounger from CB2
Striped lounger from CB2

There’s nothing like an earthy stripe, and CB2’s Yellow Leaf Hammock illustrates the power of white, black and neutral tones in a breezy combination:

Striped hammock from CB2
Striped hammock from CB2

Speaking of earthy stripes, perhaps you recognize the image below from the light-filled Lisbon apartment renovation we recently featured. The striped towel adds just the right dose of chill, classic style (and pattern) to this modern powder room:

Open wooden bathroom vanity design

These Offset Stripe Wool Dhurries from West Elm are available in a wide range of colors. Plus, their asymmetrical design puts a new spin on the classic stripe:

Offset stripe dhurrie rugs from West Elm
Offset stripe dhurrie rugs from West Elm

We end today’s post with CB2’s Tulum Side Table, a piece inspired by the shape and weave of ancient Mayan drums. Wide, bold stripes adorn this bright furnishing that can also serve as a festive focal point:

Striped side table from CB2
Striped side table from CB2

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