Using the seasons as inspiration for decorating is something that is done in all the decorative arts. There are numerous places to look for this inspiration, but words from those who have already been inspired by summer are among the best. A few quotes about summer can help evoke the feeling of the season and spark some home decorating ideas.
Make it Feel Effortless
“In summer, the song sings itself.” ~ William Carlos Williams
William Carlos Williams was a dashing doctor who doubled as a poet at the turn of the century. He lived and worked in New Jersey, but his work had a worldly air that he likely inherited from some of his family members. However, his parents were very strict, which likely influenced his less artistic career. Nonetheless, William Carlos Williams wrote some of the most seemingly effortless poetry in the history of American poetry. The above quote about summer shows us that art can be effortless when influenced by this sunny season.
Go Ahead and Have Two Swallows
“For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.” ~ Aristotle
Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher whose words of wisdom have echoed across the millennia. This particular quote suggests that one should not leap to conclusions based on a moment or a bird. In terms of summer, he is saying one sniff of summer does not make it summer. So, decorate with more than one swallow and really bring the summer inside.
Have a Sense of Humor About It
“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.” ~ Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes was a poet whose work arrived during what is known as the “Harlem Renaissance.” For whatever reason, at that time, there was a dearth of talent pouring out of the area. Even still, Langston stood out, whether people loved him or hated him. His quote compares humor to a summer rain, reminding us that both are refreshing. Take decorating too seriously and it will lose the refreshing feel that summer should have.
Balance is Essential
“We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest.” ~ Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Author, artist, intellectual, Hamerton was all of the above. His quote is about the dualities in life and how each side of each coin is necessary. This can apply to decorating in that a room can provide a comforting setting in summer and winter, society and solitude, day and night, exercise and rest. Be inspired to make a space useful, no matter the occasion.
Let the Season Inspire
“For him in vain the envious seasons roll, Who bears eternal summer in his soul” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes was, like Williams, both a doctor and a poet. Above he is saying that no person who “bears eternal summer in his soul” can be affected by the other seasons. In the same way, a room that has an air of summer can project that breezy, carefree environment year-round. Use color to represent summer or create the illusion of a summer breeze with the right fabric. Take away from these quotes the essence of summer and incorporate that into your ideas.