Summer is such a fun time to do something new with your home, whether you’re finishing up projects or swapping out decor. It’s the perfect excuse to get rid of the decor and furniture you don’t love and replace it with things that bring you joy! Some people have a hard time knowing how to decorate their homes for summer. You don’t want to go overboard, but you do want your spaces to go with the current season.
If you find yourself in this situation and you’re wondering how to make your home feel more “summery” this year, keep reading! We have 12 ideas you can use to update your space without breaking the bank or taking on massive projects. These are all simple additions or swaps you can complete in a matter of hours!
1. Floral Arrangements
Adding floral arrangements can instantly brighten up any space. From your living room to your bathroom, adding fresh flowers throughout your home can make such a huge difference and boost everyone’s mood. We would recommend visiting your local florist and working with them to come up with arrangements that are long-lasting, go with your color scheme, and are easy to maintain.
Much like floral arrangements, adding greenery to your home is an instant mood-booster. There are hundreds of plants that can thrive indoors – just do a little research on the best ones for your natural light situation and elevation. Adding greenery to your home gives it new life, it can purify your air, and you’ll ultimately feel more refreshed throughout the day. If you have a hard time keeping real plants alive, you can always shop for realistic-looking faux plants that will thrive all year long with zero maintenance.
3. Throw Pillows
Remember a few years ago when we were all obsessed with throw pillows and we couldn’t seem to fit enough of them on our couches and beds? You don’t have to go that overboard, but adding a few decorative pillows can breathe new life into your space and lighten it up for summer. This is such a simple decor swap to make, so play around with the pillows until the arrangement is perfect for you. Pillows are also a great way to add color to your space!
You probably don’t pay a lot of attention to the rugs in your home. After all, they’re really just there for furniture to sit on. However, swapping out the rugs in your home can give it a whole new look and feel! We would recommend light, colorful, or even woven rugs for the summer months to brighten up your space. From your living room to your bathrooms, swapping out your rugs can make a huge difference.
5. Kitchen Decor
You’ve seen darling hot cocoa bars and Halloween displays in kitchens during cooler months, so why not do something similar in the summer? You could put out a lemonade bar, a soda station, a decorative bowl full of citrus fruit, or anything else you and your family would like! You can get super creative with this and make it your own.
6. Wall Art
Wall art is another easy swap you can make with the seasons. Switch out some of your older pieces with brighter, lighter, more vibrant pieces for the summer! It will brighten up your home and give it a subtle boost without having to make major upgrades and changes. One easy way to do this is to pick out some frames you love, then purchase prints on Etsy that you can swap out every few months.
7. Porch Decor
The front porch is a great place to relax during the summer, so naturally, you’ll want to make it a place you enjoy. Adding plants, a cute doormat, seating, and a wreath can make your porch look and feel like home.
If you have a dining table in your home that acts as a dumping ground for everything that doesn’t get put away throughout the day, you’re definitely not alone. You can avoid the clutter that sometimes comes with a dining room table by setting up a nice, summery tablescape. Add a table runner, greenery, flowers, some cute dishes, and anything else you love to make it an intentional, functional space.
9. Outdoor Lighting
If you like to spend your summer nights on the back patio, hang up some string lights to really bring the space to life. This will set the scene for late night parties, chats, and get-togethers with family and friends you’ll remember for years to come. Outdoor lighting is simple, yet it’s often overlooked when it comes to summer home decor.
10. Indoor or Outdoor Herb Garden
You can make an aesthetically pleasing, functional herb garden inside or outside your home. Fresh herbs are always great to have on hand (especially during the summer), and this is a fun project you can complete within a few hours!
11. Summer Scents
Although this post is mainly about decor, scents can play a huge role in the overall feeling of your home. Get some candles or wax melts with a light scent that you and your family love. You can even incorporate them into your home decor! This is a great way to make your home feel cozy and welcoming during the summer months.
12. Swap Out Bedding
You spend a lot of time in your bedroom, so why not spruce it up for the summer? Adding lighter linen sheets, brighter decor, and a lighter comforter can make your bedroom look and feel better during the warmer months.