Yay it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy summer! Living outdoors and playing in the sun, is just what we’ve been waiting for. Why not bring some of that summer sunshine inside?
You don’t have to break the bank to add a summer vibe to your home decor. Keep it affordable and easy because that’s what summer is all about isn’t it? A lot of your summer accessories can be picked up on the beach, at the grocery store and while you’re taking the dog for a walk.
When you come home from a long day at the beach or by the lake it’s fun to have your home feel like a day at the beach too!
Here’s 16 affordable ways to refresh and brighten up your home decor just in time for summer:
1. Let’s start with your entry. If you have an interior porch or entry way you can swap out dark pillows or throws with lighter softer versions. Change up your wreath to something green or white. How about a wreath decorated with lemons or shells? A seashell wreath would be lovely if you live next to the coast!
2. While we’re in the entry, don’t forget to take down any past seasonal decor, lighting, wreathes or garlands! Make way for something fresh and summery instead.
3. Change out those dark color pillows or pillow covers in the living room too. It’s easy to put away dark colored pillows and update them with cushions in lighter colors and fabrics. For a really quick affordable update, just put new covers over your old pillows. You can find great covers at Dunelm, Pottery Barn and West Elm.
4. Got dark or patterned rugs on your floors? Roll those area rugs up and leave your floors bare and or replace your rugs with a lighter sisal or natural woven rug. You can find rugs like these on Pier I Imports, Overstock, Wayfair and Dunelm. Even cheap beach mats can do the job.
5. Replace your accessories with lighter versions too. Swap out dark heavy candlesticks and replace with tall transparent glass vases or containers filled with shells or faux or real plants. It’s so easy to find tall glass canisters online or in your neighborhood kitchenware shop. I found these on Wayfair but Target has some good ones too.
6. Why not take down your heavy drapes and valances too if you can? They come in handy to keep out the winter cold, but to let more light in just replace them with a lighter neutral color drape for the summer. Or for an even more budget friendly option just leave up the sheer curtain or blind hanging behind those drapes for the summer. You can always hang your winter curtains up when the days start getting shorter.
7. Got any artificial florals or plants dotted around the house? Give them a good shake or dusting. Take them outside and use a feather duster for delicate stems and a paintbrush for any leaves. You can even try your vacuum’s upholstery brush to gently suck up any dust from branches and pots.
Why not swap out and replace the seasonal florals you have with easy to care for live house plants such as ferns and orchids? Home stores or grocery stores often have these on sale.
8. Now’s the time to rethink your bookcases and shelving. How can you lighten up the look? One way is to just edit what’s stored on them. What can you take out that doesn’t work with your summer theme?
By opening up shelf space you may have room to tuck in a few botanical prints or florals in glass jars, anything that you may pick up on a walk for example. Have fun with rearranging your shelves, you’d be surprised what a difference it will make.
9. How about editing what’s on your kitchen countertops. Can you tuck away any appliances you don’t use very often during the summer? If you want to add a little farmhouse feel find room for a farmhouse clock to hang on a wall like this one.
10. Want a super quick and easy fix for your kitchen? How about swapping out your cabinet hardware for something lighter and brighter?
11.Bring out the summer dishes, white plates and bowls, clear glasses and white mugs and cups. By the coast you can mix in blue with your white for that traditional seaside vibe.
12. Are you still in love with the color of your kitchen walls? Is it light and airy. Do you love spending time there? If you don’t love the color you have now would a pretty light shade be the ticket? Summer is also a great time to schedule a renovation project. It’s amazing what you can do in 30 days!
13. Next to get summer-ization are the bedrooms. One of the quickest fixes is easy. You know what I’m going to say! Replace your dark winter bedding and duvet covers with a light quilt or light or white colored duvet cover. While you’re at it, update your shams or pillows as well.
There’s nothing more inviting than a crisp white matelasse quilt or cover tucked around a bed. Super budget friendly just sew two white sheets together to make a duvet cover. Add some snaps at one end and you’re done!
14. You didn’t think we’d forget the bathrooms did you? Just like bedrooms, swapping out towels and accessories in bathrooms can really create that summery vibe. Easy peasy. Just replace your bath towels with white or neutral ones.
Once again swap out any accessories that may have worked with your darker color towels and mats with light summer inspired ones. Think shells, lemons, even blue and white to create a nautical coastal mood!
15. Got a fireplace? This is a perfect focal point to focus your summer inspired decor. Clear off the mantel and add some beachy or country finds like driftwood, shells, even lichen covered branches.
Add tall glass apothecary jars partially filled with lemons, shells, interesting stones or whatever strikes your fancy. For the fireplace opening find something unique like a painted firescreen, large live fern or antique mirror to hide the empty firebox.
16. Now’s the time to take a good look at your wall colors and think about freshening up a room or two. Although we love a dramatic grey or navy blue, these dark colors do soak up light and they need lots of white around them to feel fresh. Summer is the perfect time to paint. Just open the windows, get your brushes out and roll up your sleeves. Paint is such an affordable way to transform a room!
Hope you have fun finding all the different ways you can bring summer inside!