1. Neutral: The color of sand or inherited wicker in a lakeside cottage keeps interiors warm and organic year-round. Hyacinth Natural Drum Table, $229, at area Ethan Allen stores; ethanallen.com.
2. Archival: Properly placed wall coverings lend architectural interest and warmth. Farrow & Ball artisanal “Lotus Papers” block-printed wallpaper collection is drawn from 19th-century archives (available in two pattern sizes and 30 colors), to the trade at Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy; 248-643-8828.
3. Practical: Outdoor dining is meant to be fret-free. And unbreakable tableware goes a long way toward erasing concerns. These summery plates and platters are made of melamine. $6.95-$16.95, at Crate & Barrel stores; crateandbarrel.com.
4. Brilliant: Light, stackable, and durable — all qualities suited to service in kitchens, playrooms, and on the deck or patio. This Karim Rashid “Butterfly” chair (made in Italy by Magis) is constructed of ABS plastic and chrome steel. Available in six colors: blue, pink, orange, gray, white, lime. $345, at Italmoda Furniture, Royal Oak; 248-549-1221.