Easy Ways To Decorate For Summer
Let’s decorate for summer by embracing those laid-back summer vibes with these easy ideas. No fussy decor allowed!
Picture this – summer has arrived, you’re busy, busy, busy vacationing, playing and enjoying the season, but the interior of your home still looks like it’s the middle of January. Oops! Is that you? It’s okay – I can totally relate. There’s still plenty of summer left so let me help you out by giving you several ways you can almost effortlessly decorate for summer right now!
All of these tips are quick and easy and require very little effort on your part, but will replace the “baby, it’s cold outside” vibe in your home with “it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy”.
SWAP OUT PILLOWS AND THROWS
I live in the south where summer temps sometimes soar into the triple digits – whew! In spite of the hot weather out of doors, I still find myself reaching for a light throw when I’m inside in the air conditioning. I don’t need my heavy winter throws this time of year though – just something light will do. So, switching out the winter throws that I keep on my diy blanket ladder for something lighter not only looks more summery, but is practical too!
SUBURBAN FARMHOUSE SUMMER HOME TOUR
Just like with the throws, my winter looking pillows are banished to the closet! Gone are the flannel, nubby, heavy textured pillows. In their place you’ll find more colorful, summer textured pillows around my house. I might even sneak in something a little funky too!
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Don’t want to spend a lot on seasonal pillows? Check out this great roundup of affordable summer pillows that I put together!
LOOK WHAT I FOUND! AND DECORATING WITH SUMMER PILLOWS
ADD SOME BRIGHT, SUMMERY COLOR
I’ve purposely kept the main elements of my home – walls, floors, furnishings – on the neutral side. That allows me to mix in most anything that strikes my fancy and still work. I love adding pops of cheery color for the summer and my favorite ones this year are blue and green! Those two colors make me think of cool ocean water and are sprinkled throughout my house this summer.
SUMMER FARMHOUSE STYLE DINING ROOM
ADD A FEW PLANTS – REAL OR FAUX
For many of us, summer is the time to garden and fill our outdoor spaces with lush containers of glorious flowers and plants. Why not bring some of that inside too? Maybe you’re like me and don’t want to go the bother of keeping real plants alive. No worries – today’s faux plants and flowers have come a loooong way! Daises are the epitome of summer to me, so I filled a basket on the buffet in my breakfast nook full to overflowing with gorgeous, realistic looking ones.
SUMMER RUSTIC FARMHOUSE RUSTIC OPEN SHELVES
REMOVE “HEAVY” DECOR ITEMS
Sometimes I like to go all out when decorating for a season or holiday. My fall mantel and my Christmas mantel from last year are prime examples of that. When it’s cold outside, I enjoy the coziness of it all. BUT – when summer arrives, I want things light and airy instead of heavy with a lot of stuff. So when I decorated my mantel for summer this year I kept things light by using just a few items, but not so few that it feels barren to me. I kept the look leaning heavily toward the natural elements side of things, which I think is a good fit for the season.
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KEEP SOMETHING REFRESHING IN THE REFRIGERATOR
OK – this isn’t home decor related, but when it’s a scorcher of a day, you need something refreshing to help cool you off – right? If you are a lemonade lover, give this pomegranate lemonade recipe a try. Not only is it super yummy, it’s low calorie and only takes a couple of minutes to make!
A MOST REFRESHING LOW CALORIE DRINK – POMEGRANATE LEMONADE
Do you have any effortless ways that you’ve decorated for summer? Do share!
My grandchildren, ages 11, 11, and 8 years old love your Pomegranate Lemonade. And I love that it is lo cal and healthy for them. They love having this special treat to drink when they visit.
Love your porch!! That is where I would spend my days. Enjoy!!
Your home is so beautiful, and you really captured the essence of summer with all your lovely summer accents! Your breakfast nook area is truly amazing and stunning!
Great tips and your house looks great!
Loving the blue!
Thanks for your great tips. I need to find some pillows to Summer up my living room and family room, however I did change out my tablescape on my dining room table yesterday from 4th of July to Summer. I used a large galvanized watering can, filled it will lots of sunflowers, orange star lilies, and added white daisies to finish it off. Then made a little DIY project using white pillars wrapped in burlap and held in place with decorative nails, to that I added a white ironstone serving platter at a slight angle. My table runner and place mat are burlap and my dishes are white. I was really pleased with how it turned out, and I don’t care if some say burlap is out, it’s my favorite go to choice for the County look I have in my home.
I love switching up my decor for the seasons and the holidays. I have a large collection of blue and white porcelain, but stash some away so I can bring in more watery aqua-blues for summer. It makes the blue and white feel fresh again when I bring them back out in September.
In my opinion, that porch swing is one of my favorite additions you’ve made to your home this summer! It looks so inviting!
I love those blues and greens! I especially love that blue plate hanging on the wall above the shelf with the hooks and those two blue vase/jugs. Do you have sources for those? Thanks. Happy Summer! Hope you stay cool.
Hi Marilyn. The large blue plate came from HomeGoods and the two blue jugs came from a local home decor store several years ago. However, I was recently in my local Ashley Furniture store and saw the exact same blue jugs!
Great tips for summer decorating! I love all the blues you use in your home.
I love to change out the pillows on our patio for each season. It’s amazing how simply doing that makes such a difference.
Your new swing is the best! I am so wishing that I could have that space tacked on to my house!!
Love the tips to lighten things up for summer!
Your summer mantel and fireplace area look perfect! Love the natural elements.
Wonderful tips, Suzy. So many people talking about fall already, and I’m still not ready for it. HL it LOADED with stuff… as much as Christmas items in the winter! Very fun, but just not ready yet. 🙂
Love the pillows! Hoping to add a couple when they go on clearance.
Going to try your pomegranate lemonade…looks refreshing especially in late summer! =)
I’m making pillows now, that are more summery. And I will look for a throw, too. It is amazing how effective this is at changing the look. Love this blue and white.