How to Spruce Up Your Summer Decorating Style

Get ready for summer with these seasonal decor ideas!

Summer is right around the corner! So, you’ll want to get ready by giving your indoor and outdoor living spaces a lighter, brighter makeover for your summer barbecues, picnics, and parties. Changing your home’s look with the seasons can be done in a weekend and is an affordable way to add a little summer fun to any room.

These ideas are also great for those who live in apartments or rental properties where more permanent changes are not allowed. Whether you redecorate an entire room or just add a few summer touches, you’ll be able to enjoy the warmer months just a little more with these fresh summer looks.

  • Give your deck a summer makeover by replacing dirty, worn, or damaged outdoor furniture cushions with fresh new weather resistant ones. You’ll be amazed how easily new cushions can give new life to old patio furniture. Try bright florals, bold stripes, or even mix-and-match styles for an eye-catching look.
  • If your deck furniture is still usable, but looking a little worn out, hit it with a quick coat of paint to freshen it up. Painting your patio furniture is good to do every year to keep it from becoming victim to the weather too quickly. Make sure to use spray paint specially made for the type of furniture you have, such as metal, wicker, rattan, wood, or plastic.
  • Placing flowers in long containers on top of deck rails can add a nice pop of color. To save money, don’t buy expensive containers made specifically for deck rails, instead buy ones that have removable bottom trays and attach them with screws to the top of the railing. This keeps them sturdy while also giving the containers the ability to be rotated or removed.
  • Add tiki torches to your deck or yard. If your old ones are looking a little rough, just hit them with a coat of black paint and they’ll be ready for another summer season. You can also replace old tiki canisters and wicks with new ones, without having to replace the entire torch stands. And make sure to fill them with bug repellent fluid to help keep pests away.
  • Clean out the inside of your fireplace and put some real or artificial plants and baskets, pillar candles and glass beads, shells and glass jars, or even a tabletop water fountain for a summer focal point. Also, consider replacing your old fireplace screen, shutters, and tools with clean new ones before winter rolls around again.
  • Get colorful summer pillows, seat cushions, chair pads, tablecloths, and placemats for your kitchen, living, and dining areas for a fresh and welcoming look.
  • Buy pretty paper plates, bowls, cups, napkins, and utensils. Place them in a decorative picnic organizer, and put it in the middle of the table for your family and guests to use throughout the summer.
  • Create attractive centerpieces out of glass bowls or vases. Fill them with fresh fruit, colorful flowers, real seashells, natural greenery, river rocks, or whatever else comes to mind that will bring the look and feel of the outdoors inside.
  • Take down heavy drapes or curtains and replace them with lighter valances or sheers. Letting in as much light as possible will instantly brighten up any room. Also, make sure to wash or have your drapes cleaned dry-cleaned to remove dust, bugs, and allergens that have accumulated over the winter months.
  • Change out the items in your buffet or curio cabinets with inexpensive, decorative plates. Choose florals, polka dots, fruits, or pastel colors and set the plates up using display holders. Incorporate crystal glasses, faux fruits, or colorful garden ornaments for a cute summer look.
  • For a more permanent change, give your kitchen or bathroom a fresh coat of paint in bright whites, beach shades, or citrus colors. If you don’t want to paint an entire room, consider painting a single accent wall with a splash of color. Touch up the trim with a high-gloss white, or just hang colorful pictures on the walls to make any room pop.
  • Finally, make sure to replace the sheets on all the beds in the house with soft, cool, brightly colored ones in fun designs. Remove thick comforters and replace them with lighter blankets and decorative summer quilts or coverlets.

Just making a few of these changes will give any room a fresh and exciting look for the season. You can keep costs down by making things yourself, buying inexpensive items at yard sales or discount stores, and re-purposing old things with just a little paint. Have fun!

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