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Incorporate striped drapes into your summer house for a relaxed feeling

The alternating tones of these silk drapes help to lighten the aesthetic while still matching fine furniture.

The alternating tones of these silk drapes help to lighten the aesthetic while still matching fine furniture.

One of the best things about a vacation property is that its atmosphere never seems to change. While the stress of your job, family and daily life naturally comes home with you at the end of the day, your summer house was built as a place to get away from these problems and relax. If you've just purchased a vacation property or are thinking that yours is in need of a design update, it is important to remember to incorporate this laid-back style into your chosen decor.

In the living room, many homeowners prefer to make use of wicker furniture, as this tends to be associated with a beachy aesthetic. But it's not necessary that the materials you decide on help to dictate this style, since your layout and chosen color palette are just as important. 

In order to make the area particularly relaxing, be sure to keep the floor plan as open as possible. While you might be tempted to use this area to store cast-off furniture from your main house, don't overcrowd it. Similarly, as it is likely to get hot in your vacation property, increase the cool feeling of the space  by choosing to leave the floors bare. 

There are subtler ways to make your summer house feel relaxing as well. Consider adding a 1960s-style bar cart to the living area to encourage family members or guests to grab a drink and enjoy themselves. This way, even if you've chosen very formal furnishings, this second home will still feel novel and casual. 

In terms of window treatments, a great way to incorporate both the beautiful design objectives and a more relaxed atmosphere is to go with striped silk drapes. The silk is both elegant and cool, but the stripe adds a familiar and fun feeling that will help to make your summer house feel really fun.