Bring the colors and feelings of summertime into your home with our best tips and tricks for summer decorations. With ideas for seasonal accents and easy updates, our roundup of summer decorating ideas will give your home a bright and sunny look you'll love.
For a continuous seasonal aesthetic in your home, switch out scents as the seasons change. Gingerbread and evergreen are great smells for winter months, but in the summer try fresh scents, such as ocean breeze or cucumber-melon. Plus, candles can stand in for quick, inexpensive summer decorations.
Update Old Furniture
Give a tired chair or side table new life using high-gloss spray paint in a summery hue, such as sky blue or grassy green. The glossy paint creates a fun lacquered look and gives an old piece a fresh and modern edge. Make sure to properly prime the furniture to help the paint adhere to the surface and wear longer.
Brighten dark walls with colorful art pieces that inspire other summer decorating ideas. Affordable pieces can be found just about anywhere online or at flea markets and resale shops. A large piece or a collection of smaller pieces also provides the perfect blank-wall solution for large, open rooms.
Bright botanical prints (on bedding, for example) instantly lift a room's mood—and yours. To let the motif truly shine, keep the wall color neutral and other accessories to a minimum. Seasonal duvet covers are a great way to save money when decorating for summer.
Interject bright, summery colors in your home with freshly picked flowers. To make the biggest impact, stick to arrangements featuring warm colors—such as bold oranges, radiant yellows, or vibrant pinks—and save rich reds and deep purples for other seasons. Small clusters of bright color look cheery and create an undeniable summertime vibe.
Summer weather offers opportunities to find unexpected uses for formal serving pieces. A silver tray can hold pretty glassware, a pitcher can be filled with a delicious summery cocktail, and a champagne bucket makes a great container for an herb plant. Summer party decorations have never looked so chic.