September 28, 2022

Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time to lighten up and brighten up at home. Go ahead, set your décor free, suggests Matt Dickamore, VP of Creative for Denton House Design Studio. “Ditch buttoned-down details and fussy formality,” he advises. “Summer style is loose, airy and free-flowing.” Having decorated countless getaways located everywhere from Park City to the Bahamas, Dickamore and the Denton House team are experts at capturing summer’s carefree character for clients who covet a laid-back look for their homes year-round. “This isn’t about kitschy anchor prints or sea shell lamps,” the designer warns. “Choose timeless elements and materials that capture the natural look and feel of the season and those that make it special for you.” Using Denton House’s freshly decorated projects as inspiration, Dickamore offers summer decorating ideas and inspiration for creating blissful rooms that invite you to relax in style throughout this season and beyond.

Photography by Rochelle Jahdi

DOUSE IT IN WHITE

“White is relaxed, breezy and easy-going,” Dickamore says. It’s no wonder he and his team use white walls to create a fresh backdrop for sun-kissed colors in many of his projects. “It opens things up.” The designer suggests using a darker-hued floor—and often ceiling­—to help anchor white in a room. “This helps weigh the design down a bit while the white walls and furniture pieces lift the décor.” Remember, all whites are not created equal, the designer warns,“You have to study the white you’re considering in the actual space to determine if it is right.” Dickamore paints samples on walls and creates painted boards that can be moved from room to room to help him pick the perfect shade. “Observe them at different times of the day as the light changes in the room,” he adds. Once you have the right white, then unleash your love for color.

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LOOK TO NATURE

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“Nature isn’t straight or set, it’s moving, organic and free-flowing,” says Dickamore, who always brings natural elements into rooms when conjuring the look and feel of summer. Wood? Absolutely. “Lighten it or add a wash to make it look less formal,” the designer suggests. Wicker, rattan and grasses? You bet. They add instant texture and looseness to a décor. Reeds, grass cloth, stone and countless other natural elements tie any room to the outdoors—a key strategy for creating a casual, relaxed style.