Published on May 28, 2019

Ah, summer: The one season when chasing the sun is an acceptable excuse for setting your out-of-office reply. Throughout the rest of the year, you’ll hear us talk about bringing the outdoors in—a skill Southern Californians seem to have down pat. But once the weather app reads a universal 80 degrees and sunny, we barely have to lift a finger. In fact, on a perfect summer day when the sun is streaming through our window, we don’t even have to get out of bed.

Feeling the need for good vibes and a warm breeze, we’re kicking off the season early with bedrooms that capture the essence of summer. In these personal sanctuaries, the sun doubles as a decorative staple, and fresh air permeates every inch of the design.

Before you flee to the beach, know that these dreamy bedrooms have a lot more going for them than private balconies. Read on for eight ways to channel the essence of summer before it gets here.

A Midsummer Night’s Escape

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Further proof that pink and green are a match made in heaven, this luminous bedroom plays with subtle contrast with blush tones and rich hints of emerald. And we’re not just talking about the fringed ottomans. The tropical hideout is complete with hanging planters, rattan accessories, and a sheer canopy. 

A Slice of SoCal

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Meet the source of our summer FOMO: A radiant West Coast bedroom that exudes feel-good vibes. Replicate this look by swathing the bed frame in a punchy fabric (like this marble print by Rebecca Atwood) and leaving the rest up to a high-pile shag rug.

A Place by the Sea

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Let your artwork create the mood. In this oceanfront home, crashing waves set the theme for the summer. The hints of blue are picked up on the bed with shibori textiles and offset by sunny yellow vases.

A Sunny Reading Nook

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Nothing says summer like whitewashed shiplap and a view of the water. This kid-approved corner continues the nautical vibes with a large-scale ocean print, blue-and-white bedding, and striped floor cushions.

A Caribbean Staycation

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Channel retro resort vibes with cheeky throw pillows and powder-coated bedside lighting. Drawing on rosy pastels inspired by the soft skies overhead, the Skylark Negril in Jamaica combines bubblegum pink color-blocked walls and fruit-inspired accents for an island-worthy look.

A Glam Nest

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Buttery neutral tones and velvety smooth textures aren’t just for winter anymore. This cozy bedroom delivers warmth through peach-tinted accents, a bundle of proteas, and allover wallpaper. Though the greatest accessory is the sun streaming in through the windows.

A Drapery Dream

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HOTOGRAPHY BY JOAQUIN TRUJILLO

At Hotel Condesa in Mexico City, stark-white shutters would have you believe you’re enjoying your morning coffee along the French Riviera. The room’s minimal, modern aesthetic shifts the focus to natural light, while rich layers of floor-to-ceiling draperies envelop the space in complete serenity.

A Post-Beach Break

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY WARREN HEATH

When the sweltering South African sun becomes too much, this cool black-and-white bedroom is the ultimate oasis. Complete with a bamboo mat and worn-wood four-poster bed, the minimalist escape might be near the water, but it’s giving us major desert vibes.

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