Let’s celebrate summer with some easy-to-do decorating ideas that will make our homes fresh and breezy and filled with the best summer has to offer! We don’t have to change out our whole decor! Just adding a few little summer inspired touches can lighten up our rooms and our moods too! Here are 10 simple ideas that we can do now to decorate for the summer season!
1. CELEBRATE WITH RED, WHITE AND BLUE
What other time of year are these colors more appropriate? Red, white and blue are the quintessential summer holiday colors! And they are so easy to add to the decor you already have!!! How about a few fun pillows in Old Glory’s colors? Or a table set with some fun red and blue bandanas? What could be easier?
This year I’m making some great red, burlap and blue (Pottery Barn Inspired) patriotic stars to hang around the house. How fun!!!! Look for a tutorial next weekend!
2. DECORATE WITH SHELLS
I used to feel that I had to live near the beach to use beachy elements in my home. Not true!!! I love to add some shells and starfish and sand dollars and even a little sand here and there! I’ve coined my beach look… beach chic!
Shells can look very dressy when they are added to a hammered silver and glass hurricane lantern like the one above! Fill a blue and white bowl to the brim with shells and you have such a great accent piece! Or string starfish on a rope and hang them from the mantel or a hutch for a sweet, simple look. A little handful of shells goes a long way to give your home summer appeal!
3. BRING IN THE CUT FLOWERS
Now this is good for the soul! I say, you can’t bring in too many garden flowers during the summer season!!! Don’t you think a bouquet of these colorful posies is far better than a dozen hot house roses? I sure do! Even if you don’t have many flowers… go out and cut live greens! A quick stop along the roadside can send you home with a handful of delicate Queen Anne’s lace to enjoy!
Instead of putting flowers in vases, used pitchers and creamers and tall glasses and mason jars. LOVE this quaint summer look!
4. DECORATE WITH IN-SEASON FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Use what you bring in from your garden or roadside stands to fill a fabulous bowl and create a centerpiece! In season produce only comes around once a year so let’s let it fill our senses with it’s bright, varied colors and wonderful, fresh smell!
Many fruits and veggies can be left out a day or so before eating so why not enjoy their beauty on your kitchen counter or table!
I like to keep a big, verdant handful of fresh herbs on my island. I’m more likely to use them if they are in reach. And they look so pretty…and are highly fragrant!
One of my favorite veggies to display are tomatoes. They look and smell like summer to me. And in a big white bowl sitting on a great tea towel, they make the best summer centerpiece I can think of!
Even a tiny bowl, like the cherries above, will give an arrangement a big pop of color!
5. USE SEASONAL PILLOWS
Oh, any excuse to talk about pillows! Lighten up your sofas, chairs and beds by using summer inspired pillows. I know you have them! This is a gentle reminder to get them out and use them!!!!
6. ADD LIGHT COLORED SLIPCOVERS
I know this idea is a little expensive. HOWEVER, a great slipcover is far less expensive than a whole new piece of furniture and can save the fabric on sofas and chairs! As I am writing this, I’m having slipcovers made for my two leather family room chairs to lighten them up and save on wear and tear!
If you have lots of summer visitors and company and family and dogs in and out of your home, slipcovers are ideal… and they look SO GOOD too!
If slipcovering a big piece of furniture is not for you, how about using a drop cloth to cover a hassock or bench or kitchen chairs? What an easy way to update your summer look!
7. PUT A SUMMER WREATH ON YOUR FRONT DOOR
Give guest a big summer welcome before they step into your home! I think a fabulous, fun wreath decorated for summer sets the mood of the house. It starts right at the front door!
If you are a little more daring try planting real summer annuals in a basket and hang them from your front door. I did this for years! Just remember to water them!
Pinterest has great and really fun summer wreaths to inspire you!
For more ideas for a great summer wreath go to my Pinterest WREATH board by clicking HERE
8. NAUTICAL THEMES
I would love to own a home at the beach or on a lake or bay just so I could decorate my entire home in Nautical themes! I love love love nautical elements! Japanese glass floats, rope balls (well, anything rope), old oars, compass designs and nautical flags. These wonderful sea influenced decor items can be used very successfully in our homes even if we are not lucky enough to live near water! I use the rope balls, above, in a coffee table vignette most summers. Subtle nautical touches give a room a fresh and very crisp look!
A tall cylinder of Japanese glass floats would look amazing on a buffet or grouped on a table. And wouldn’t some inexpensive prints of nautical flags look smart in white frames flanking a hutch or lined up on the ledge of a mantel?
9. PLANT HYDRANGEAS
Hydrangeas are so popular right now and some will bloom all summer long! I am a huge hydrangea fan. I can’t imagine summer without them around the outside of my home and on my porch and spilling over in pitchers inside my home! And here’s some great news… there are some hydrangea varieties that are heat resistant and can be grown where hydrangeas could not be grown before!
Hydrangeas are so easy to grow especially planted around the foundation of a home. And with just a little care they can grow in pots and urns too.
If you would like to learn how to plant beautiful hydrangeas in pots and urns that will give you a whole summer season of blooms click HERE.
10. GO WHITE, LIGHT AND NEUTRAL
Literally, LIGHTEN UP! Get out your white dishes and display them! Use white throws and tablecloths! Paint a small table a great light color! Use all your white and neutral colored accents! Just for the summer season, put away heavy dark decor and fill your home with lots of light neutrals!
Did you know that you can spray paint may decorative items? Shop your house to find thing to transform for summer!
There you have it! 10 ways to decorate for summer!!!
What are some of the ways you like to decorate for summer? Let’s share!!!!
If you like these ideas you might want to save them on your SUMMER Pinterest board. You can follow me on Pinterest and see all the summer things I am pinning every day HERE.
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