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Home Décor Ideas for Summer 2014

The changing seasons always bring a change of scenery.  Just as the change in the look and feel of everything around you when you step outside, your interior design should also adjust to the current season.  If you have yet to embrace the vibrancy (and heat) of summer, let us provide you with a few suggestions to promote the look and feel of the summer season in your home!


Summer is the season of bright and bold colors. While spring colors always add a lot of brighter colors, they’re not as bold as the colors of summer.  There really isn’t a much better way to welcome summer into your home than with some “pop colors” that stick out like a beam of light in a dark tunnel.  When it comes to summer colors, the brighter the color the better.

However, try to avoid combining too many pop/bright tones when choosing these bright and bold colors for a particular room.  Combining pop tones in one room usually becomes too extreme and excessive.  We suggest choosing one bright summer color that will be the focus of the room.  Then, choose warmer and more neutral colors to compliment the central color.  So start with one, and then expand around that! Feel free to use the central color to highlight space in your home!

Here are suggestions for central summer colors:

-Sunny Yellow

-Fresh-Squeezed Orange

-Sky Blue

-Bright Purple

-Flirty Pink

-Refreshing Lime

-Bright Coral

-Nail Polish Red

-Light Navy


When it comes to styles, there are many styles that will successfully compliment your home in the summer.  However, two styles stand out as the most relevant summer styles: Tropical and Floral.

The Tropical style is more focused on greens and blues. This can either be more tribal oriented or have a breezier element to it.  The tribal theme would have slightly darker greens and blues with more earthy colors to compliment them.  Breezier tropical theme would contain very bright tones of blue and have more playful colors to compliment. Tropical prints may be added to the design as well, but usually the “less-is-more” approach would be most beneficial.

The Floral style infuses more red and bright floral color into the design.  This is slightly different from the spring style, with the colors being lighter and more playful to match summer tones.  In fact, we recommend that you keep many of the colors and leftovers from your spring theme that you may already have in your rooms and simply switch a few items with the bold colors of summer.

Bring It Inside!

Summer is the ultimate season for bringing outside elements into your home. You can decorate your home or a particular room to resemble the natural life of the outdoors! Lots of plants and other natural materials bring a fresh, vibrant feel to each room that can immediately influence moods in a positive way.  Bring some natural materials into your home today!

Tell us about your own summer interior tips and tricks on Costello Builder’s Facebook page or by tweeting to us at CostelloBuild on Twitter!

Enjoy your summer!


5 Subtle Ways to Make Your Home Halloween Friendly

Pumpkin Decoration

Halloween is on its way! While large, inflatable yard decorations are all well and good, here are a few Halloween decoration ideas that won’t overshadow your home’s exterior.

1. Use Natural Decorations

Natural fall foliage and crops make great seasonal decorations for Halloween without looking gaudy. Buy some pumpkins or gourdes and accent them with beautiful fallen leaves for a simple, natural look. Jack-o-Lanterns are also a great way to modify natural elements, and your whole family will enjoy the pumpkin-carving process.

You can use your natural decorations inside or outside. Put some mini pumpkins and gourdes in a bowl on the coffee table, or place them on some scatter leaves near the front stoop. The simple elegance of nature will accent your home and give it a festive flare.

2. Create Cute Treat Bags

If you live in a neighborhood that is a big supporter of children’s trick-or-treating, show your Halloween spirit by creating handmade treat bags to pass out. There are an endless number of treat bag options you could create – one simple option is to purchase simple, small white party favor bags and draw cute or spooky ghost faces on them before filling them with candy. When children come trick-or-treating to your house, you can offer them each a unique Halloween bag unlike any other they’ve received.

3. Accessorize with Candles

Halloween is a great time to be a candle fanatic. By burning cinnamon, pumpkin, or harvest-scented candles, you can add a seasonal smell to any room of your home. For decorative purposeless, accessorizing with candlesticks of varying lengths will add a festive and elegant feel to any room’s mantel or tabletop.

To accessorize with candles more safely, you can also purchase battery-powered electric candles that look all the part of real candles, but with no open flame. Surround your electric candles with decorative leaves, gourdes or hay, and you have a great Halloween decoration that will look as good outside as it does inside.

4. Decorate Your Door with an Autumn Wreath

To both accentuate your home while showing your Halloween spirit, accent your front door with a Halloween-themed wreath. By purchasing a festive wreath that combines dark colors with brighter oranges and reds, you can show your holiday spirit in a way that won’t detract from your home’s exterior. Rather than sticking to just black and orange, adding deep browns and reds will maintain a Halloween feel, without being cliché.

5. Expand Your Traditional Pumpkin Carving

Jack-o-Lanterns’ are a traditionally part of Halloween that many families enjoy. This year, expand on your family’s love of pumpkin carving by creating Jack-o-Lantern gourdes too. Use large, autumn gourdes and hollow them out similarly to how you would a pumpkin. You can then cut designs and holes into the gourdes’ sides to give them an authentic, luminescent look. Placing a few lighted gourdes in with your Jack-o-Lanterns will add some variation to your porch decorations, making your Halloween accents look better than ever.

If you have ideas for more ways to make your home Halloween friendly, please tell us in the comments section below!

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