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Super Easy Summer Decorating Ideas

Linda is a seasoned writer and home-decorating authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.

It's never too late for a "staycation." You have plenty of time to soak up the summer months by adding a warm, fun, and casual vibe to your decor. It doesn’t require much effort to create a relaxing interior for you and your family to enjoy for the rest of the season. Try any or all of these super easy tricks to transform your home into a summer getaway without ever leaving your neighborhood.

Restyle Your Tables and Shelves

Start by removing everything from the coffee tables, bedside tables, sofa console, bookcases and shelves and bring in natural decor. Incorporate coastal accessories, such as sea shells, coral, driftwood and glass floats. Choose objects that relate to summer like dried sun palm leaves, wooden bead garland, destination photography books, a lime washed tray, artisan vases, greenery or a grouping of fragrant citrusy votives.

Summer accessories

Summer accessories

Keep Things Simple

How would you like your house to look if it were a summer vacation home? Let in lots of light by taking down heavy curtains and replacing weighty furniture pieces with wicker, glass top tables and fun poufs for additional seating. Store away bulky throws and the majority of your accessories to keep the rooms feeling light and airy.

Simple decor lightens up the summer room.

Simple decor lightens up the summer room.

Bring the Outdoors In

Being outside is synonymous with summer so why not bring that feeling inside? For an organic look introduce natural materials such as jute, reclaimed wood, macrame wall hangings and succulents. Textiles like linen and cotton give rooms a fresh summery feel. Merge your outdoor and indoor entertaining spaces with coordinating furnishings and fabrics. This way you’ll instantly double your square footage.

Merging the outdoors in gives it extra indoor space.

Merging the outdoors in gives it extra indoor space.

Brighten It Up

Rich and deep tones suit cold weather months but summer calls for a variety of whites, pastels and brights. While you probably won’t be running out to buy new upholstered furniture you can bring in cheerful pillows, sheers and slipcovers as an easy way to lighten the mood of your rooms.

Bright sunny fabrics add that carefree summery look.

Bright sunny fabrics add that carefree summery look.

Paint Dark Wood White

Create the look of a summer beach home with white wood elements. Paint out dark paneling, thrift store tables, bookcases and vintage wicker seating with white and neutrals to give the rooms the essence of long summer days. Use chalk paint so you don't have to sand and prime. It adheres to wood beautifully. Easy prep consists of wiping down the wood with a damp cloth, letting it dry and painting straight away.

Painted wood furniture magically transforms your home into a summer house.

Painted wood furniture magically transforms your home into a summer house.

Get Kid-Friendly

Summer months seem endless for your kids. Most likely they’ll be hanging out at home for most of the time so you need to make it comfortable for them. Keep summer decor kid-friendly by using durable slipcovers, easy clean fabrics and furniture that can stand up to daily wear and tear. Swap out some of your nicer pieces with replacements from thrift stores and garage sales. You can retire them when school’s back in session.

Find durable canvas slipcovers for your chairs and easily cleanable cushions during the kids' time off.

Find durable canvas slipcovers for your chairs and easily cleanable cushions during the kids' time off.

Move the Furniture

Nothing breathes new life into a space more than rearranging the furniture. Your television or fireplace obviously isn’t the right focal point for warm weather. Shift your furniture into a new configuration to promote face-to-face social interaction. Make your windows or French doors the room’s focus to enjoy views of the pool, lush yard or flower garden.

If you have plenty of windows move the seating to take in the summer breeze, flowers and the views.

If you have plenty of windows move the seating to take in the summer breeze, flowers and the views.

Pick Some Flowers

One of our favorite ways to inject bright color and natural fragrance into your staycation home is to place bouquets of freshly picked (or purchased) flowers in prominent spots around the house. Think foyer, living room, bedroom and kitchen. Glorious arrangements of frilly pink peonies, bold yellow gerberas or fiery orange lilies instantly cheer up any space and create perfect summer centerpieces.

Cuttings from your garden or a grocery store bouquet adds a summer

Cuttings from your garden or a grocery store bouquet adds a summer

Quick Ways to Switch Your Home to Summer

  • Add outdoor entertaining decor.
  • Swap out heavy blankets for a lightweight duvet cover.
  • Use fresh summer home scents.
  • Arrange floor pillows for a casual seating area.
  • Hang gauzy curtains to blow in the breeze.
  • Bring in botanical fabrics.
  • Pare down furnishings.
  • Plant succulents in seashells.
  • Place fresh flowers around the house.
  • Set a nautical dinner table.
  • Make the windows a focal point.
  • Change out wall art.

Summer Decorating at Home

© 2019 Linda Chechar

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 15, 2019:

Happy that you enjoyed this article, Cuttingedge.

Cuttingedge on October 15, 2019:

One more golden piece from the list, thanks for sharing useful information. In a similar way, cuttingedge (www.cuttingedgeds.com) firmly believe that interiors are not just about adding decorative elements to your home but are a reflection of your personality and lifestyle.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 20, 2019:

Thanks, Dianna. I feel the same way about it. I would love to live in those gorgeous images!

Dianna Mendez on April 20, 2019:

I could see myself in each of these lovely rooms. You bring a fresh view to decorating.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 19, 2019:

Hot tub and a glass of wine is a good combination!

Liz Westwood from UK on April 19, 2019:

Sadly open air pools are in short supply in the UK. Though hot tubs are gaining in popularity.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 19, 2019:

Wow! Liz, that's amazing. Time for hitting the pool!

Liz Westwood from UK on April 19, 2019:

We are having a mini heatwave in the UK. It is set to be the hottest Easter on record with temperatures higher than Spain.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 19, 2019:

Liz, thanks for checking out this article. The weather here is feeling like summer already. It's time for me to bring in the seasonal decor.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 19, 2019:

As always another great collection of tips for making the most of home.