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Hot sun, cool breezes and the haven of shade under trees are all associated with Summer. Flowers fresh in spring start to burn under the relentness heat of the sun, grass turns from lush green to muddier lighter tones and heat rising off land results in a haze softening the scene beyond. This softening of hues is reflected in the Summer palette packed with cool colours softened back with grey undertones.

Close to nature, blues and greens are important in the Summer palette, with blue often being the favourite colour perhaps contrasted with soft pinks and yellows. Oranges are banished from the palette - too hot to sit comfortably with the cool palette. The Summer palette is subtle. Primary colours are greyed off eliminating the clean brightness of the original hues. Neutrals are drawn from soft greys, taupes, oysters and whites for a cooling touch. Creams are too warm to suit the summer palette. Decorating is cool, elegant and understated.

Combining with the softened palette, furniture and furnishings have curved edges. Patterns are subtle, if present at all.

Summers are the perfect host, calm and collected, with everything planned down to the minute details - events at a Summer home will generally be elegant and run smoothly. Summer homes are usually tidily kept and are more formal than a Spring home because of the perfectionist tendencies of Summers. Lofty ceilings, well proportioned rooms and careful architectural detailing including coving between floor and ceiling are considered important. Dark beams running across a ceiling or low ceilings will make a Summer feel boxed in. Balance and order is important in colour selection, room detailing and accessory positioning.

Summers are nurturing, comfortable looking after guests and family, possibly appearing cool to outsiders until they are part of the circle of friends. Highly perceptive they will notice small details that others may not and act as natural peacemakers working in the background to keep harmony. Practicality mixed with a reserved nature means that classic elegance, traditional decorating, antiques, fine china, music and the arts is more comfortable to a Summer than modernity and sophistication. The appreciation of these elements will be incorporated into a Summer's home in hanging embroidery works, musical instruments, such as a piano, and so on.

The touches of formality lend an overall air of elegance - quiet and restrained. Delicate luxurious fabrics and vases of traditional roses or fresh summer flowers reinforce the elegant atmsophere.

Colours to try:

Resene Bullitt Resene Norwegian Blue Resene Breakwater Resene Waikawa Grey Resene Eskimo Resene Grey Nurse Resene Spindle
Resene Pelorus Resene Keppel Resene Genoa Resene Bay Leaf Resene Spirulina Resene San Felix Resene Crusoe
Resene Honeysuckle Resene Milan Resene Shalimar Resene Pale Prim Resene Mimosa Resene Cigar Resene Dynamite
Resene Persian Plum Resene Lumberjack Resene Guardsman Red Resene Lipstick Resene Royal Heath Resene Cabaret Resene Illusion
Resene Kobi Resene Melanie Resene Chantilly Resene Pink Lace Resene Pale Rose Resene Cherub Resene Affair
Resene De Janiero Resene Moon Raker Resene Blue Haze Resene Snuff Resene Ebb Resene Moleskin Resene Half Spanish White
Resene Pipi Resene Caraway Resene Trojan Resene Felix      

Summer quick check:

Mixed seasons
Living alone you can decorate everything true to your season, but what happens when you live with others who may have completely different colour personalities?

Ever seen a couple trying to redecorate their home and select colours? If they both agree readily on the same colours they will generally share a common colour personality, which means that the combinations that appeal to one will generally appeal to the other. If they both can't agree on anything, chances are they have different colour personalities. If this sounds like your household, don't despair! Accommodating the personalities of different family members is easy when you know how:


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