Designer Marshall Watson created this serene summer house that's the essence of Scandinavian style. "The furniture is often painted white, or some other pale, chalky color," says Watson. "You rarely see dark wood, because the whole idea is to invite more light into a room." Click through for more summer decorating ideas.

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25 Simple Summer Decorating Ideas

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For a dramatic stairway, upholster the walls in a graphic fabric.

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18 Unique Designer Staircases

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The wainscoting and casework of this wooden staircase was stripped and finished with clear tung oil.

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18 Unique Designer Staircases

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A set of Japanese "tansu" stairs add extra storage space.

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Inside a Tiny House That Actually Has Room for Guests

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The winding 16th-century staircase leads to the second floor guest room.

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This 500-Year-Old English Farmhouse Is the Ultimate in Cozy Elegance

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The Scandinavian staircase was totally rebuilt in a style adapted from other cottages in the area, with cutout railings — the typical country interpretation of more elaborate carved and turned balusters.

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This Home Will Convince You to Decorate Swedish-Style

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Cover the stairs with a dramatic faux fur runner.

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Inside a Home That's Not Afraid of the Dark

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The staircase becomes a graphic installation with patterned tiles.

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This California Home Proves the Power of Pattern

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The original staircase got a colorful update with Benjamin Moore's Brookside Moss and Safety Black.

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A Fifth-Generation Family Estate Simply Bursting With Color

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Tony Duquette's Ghost Snail lamp adds a glow beneath the oak-and-bronze staircase.

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A Manhattan Loft Transformed into a Wonderland

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Custom brass and black railings in the stairwell make traditional newel posts glamorous.

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Serenity Pairs With Artistry in This Boston Townhouse

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If you're lucky enough to have open floorspace under the stairs, reclaim it by creating a cozy nook.

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7 Small-Space Spots You're Forgetting to Decorate

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Pair a slightly neon shade of blue with weathered wood, you can practically smell the invigorating sea air.

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An Ode to the Color Blue

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Use one good piece to anchor a room.

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8 Style Rules From the "First Couple" of Decor

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"It is a showcase of cool, contemporary design that completely defies the norms of a domestic interior environment," says Max Slaught, a rental agent at Domus Nova.

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Color Lovers: Would You Live In This Quirky Rainbow House?

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Stairway - Vintage license plates add pops of color to the staircase that leads to the loft area.

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This Texas Barn Is Everything We Ever Wanted in a House

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Vintage Chest Next to Stairway #californiahomes

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Inside a Stylish, But Still Kid-Friendly, LA Home

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A California Beach House

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Use a vintage pull-down map to hide the television. Designed by Erin Martin and Kim Dempster. housebeautiful.com #decorating_tips #tv #living_room_ideas

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A California Beach House

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Upstairs Hallway

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An Airy, Caribbean-Inspired House

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The walls are covered in Carleton V's Plantation and trimmed in Benjamin Moore's Mayonnaise. Sisal runner, Stark

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A Colorful and Whimsical Palm Beach House

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When Couples Clash on Decor

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rainbow-colored spiral staircase is one of the home’s focal points.

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Color Lovers: Would You Live In This Quirky Rainbow House?

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A Dreamy White House

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