Creating a casual summer home with just paint

Doesn't the image of a simple, white cottage in the summer make you want to run around barefoot and swing in a hammock all day?  Me too.

Whether you have a cottage or not, you can transform your space this Summer into an oasis by creating an easy, breezy, relaxed, no-care style. And...you don't have to spend a lot, consume anything new, or get overwhelmed by a ton of work to get the look. Just pick up a paintbrush and a can or two of white paint. Yep, it really is that easy and makes a huge impact in creating a casual summer home without a big budget. 

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Here are some simple and easy ideas to achieve that casual cottage feel without spending much or consuming new products:

  • Give your kitchen cabinets a face-lift by painting them white.
  • Sand down old floors and whitewash them instead of purchasing new.
  • Spray paint dated lighting in white. 
  • Spray paint old photo frames white and hang yours or your kids own artwork.
  • Paint out wooden dining chairs and the table. 
  • If you have nice wood trim in your home, leave it as is for a natural, breezy look with white walls. If it's dark and not in great shape, or if it's already painted anything other than white, paint away my friend.
  • Gather summer-ey items like shells, rocks, branches, and yard sale baskets and vintage vases to create simple vignettes.
  • Gather some books and magazines together in baskets. 
  • Use clothing for wall art as well as function: hang summer hats, scarves, and light throws on hooks.
  • Bring in local plants, flowers, branches and even grasses to create an indoor-outdoor feel.

Check out these photos of a home in Denmark that hits the mark for a casual, serene, summer home. All images by Cristina Olsen via The Guardian .

Another wonderful white, relaxed summer cottage is this one for rent in the U.K. as seen in the Style Files courtesy of Big Cottage Company

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And finally, a beautifully restored cottage in Hawaii that proves that white paint and simple, natural materials are all you need to create casual comfort. Via Remodelista

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Ready to get out the paint brush and white paint? Click below for the simple guide to choosing the right white for your summer space. 

Kelly Anderson

Refreshed Designs

A re-designer focused on natural, sustainable and holistic design.