When summer is here, most of us look for a different home decorating look for those warmer months. Using fresh design elements based on nature is the epitome of summer. Here are some great ways to update your entire home for the summer season!
One of the fastest ways to change out the décor in any room is to change the wall art. Choose artwork with lighter values, and choose frames that are less substantial. You can change out just the matting in photo frames to white. Frame up some garden art to bring in the spirit of the season, or print out some ethereal landscape images of places you would like to go. Take down any heavy wall hangings and store until fall. Photos by BHG.
If you really want to add a fresh color shot to your summer home decorating, paint the focal wall in your room a fresh, summer inspired color. Aqua blue, spring green, sunny yellow or french blue are all great choices. Remember, its only paint, you can paint it back in the fall! I LOVE this master bedroom from ‘Lee Ann Thornton Design‘. In fact, it inspired my master bedroom!
Summer is no time to sit in a dull dark room, so this time of year is a great time for sheer drapes to let in as much light as possible. Take down your layers on your windows and keep it simple. Cotton curtains and drapes are a great choice for this time of year because they are lightweight and casual. Photo via ‘Remodelista‘.
Add insulated drapes to windows that get a hot southern exposure to keep your rooms cooler, and to protect your carpet and furniture from sun damage.
When those first summery days give you beach fever, use that energy to de-clutter your rooms. Pack away at least half your accessories to give the room a much cleaner look.
- Replace throw pillows with fresh, striped or floral covers in modern prints.
- Bringing summer decorating inside your home means bringing the outside in, so make sure flowers and plants live in every room.
- When in doubt, white tablecloths and slipcovers transform any room into a summer haven.
Need summer decorating DIY projects? We found you some great ones!
Try these DIY sisal candleholders by Four Generations One Roof! So beachy and easy!
Gotta love these DIY dipped plant pots by ‘HGTV“.
Tricia from ‘Simplicity in the South’ has this driftwood heart tutorial for us… This can be an expensive little buy in a gift shop, and what a fun way to use up all those pieces of pretty wood the kids (or you!) collect from your trips to the beach! I love that you can keep the memories alive just by making this project. Plus, I love things made from nature used in the home.
Keeping on with the beachy theme (what could be more “summer”?), Heather from ‘At the Picket Fence’ made this DIY coastal rope mirror, and shows us how she did this easy project with just rope, some starfish from the craft store, and Mod Podge!
This idea from ‘BHG‘ is as simple as it gets… don’t worry about buying expensive flower bouquets, just use some dollar store vases and some pretty leaves from the yard. These Hosta leaves feel so restful!
Want to brighten up your front door? Cyndy from ‘The Creativity Exchange’ has a tutorial for this DIY easy moss basket that looks amazing. I want this! You could use any color scheme, and any annual flower you choose… Yep, these are real flowers! I am not a big fan of faux blooms, so to have real ones in a front door basket really sets your home apart. Pretty!
From ‘Midwest Living‘, this idea for a summer centerpiece is perfect for the eco-conscious mentality the world is embracing. I happen to love the simple beauty of things that are fresh grown… Using them as decor seems so fitting! Make it look chic by using a large clear glass container, and use distilled water with fresh veggies and greens. The distilled water will keep it looking crystal clear. Love!
Summer home decorating is just as important as any other time of year, and it just takes a little creativity to brighten each and every room.
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