Decorating Ideas for Summer

Welcome summer by entertaining outdoors. Low tables, floor pillows, and strands of clear outdoor lights will set the perfect mood. Combos of bright colors, such as turquoise, red, and white, create a festive atmosphere and will keep everyone in a party mind-set.
Pare Down
Think of your home as a summer rental, and you’ll see it in a whole new light. Open the doors and windows, pull back the curtains, and get rid of pieces that are dark and gloomy. Stow away heavy accessories, throw blankets, heavy candles, and unnecessary small decor items until it’s time to cozy up for fall.
Natural Living
To add organic appeal, consider planting succulents in a large shell or wooden piece. The tiny plants last for a long time and require little care, making them the perfect addition to a summery table scape. The natural elements also add texture and character to a table display.
Set a Colorful Table
Consider buying accent dishes to add splashes of summertime color and pattern to your next dinner party. Mix bright floral, tropical, or nautical-theme dishes with your everyday plates and bowls. Fun elements such as stir sticks and paper umbrellas create a look that is perfectly seasonal.
Picnic at Home
With warm weather and a few extra hours of sunlight, the summer months are perfect for eating on your front porch or having a picnic in your yard. Eating outdoors will help you and your family take advantage of everything summer has to offer.
Light Up the Night
Summer is as much a state of mind as it is a season, so transform your spaces to embrace all the benefits it has to offer. String paper lanterns on tree branches around an outdoor patio to allow gatherings to last well into the night hours. Or should the weather turn stormy, cozy up by lamplight on a covered porch.
Summery Scents
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 many people crave fresh scents, such as ocean breeze or cucumber-melon.
Art Swap
Brighten dark walls with bright and colorful art pieces. Inexpensive 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.
Garden Flowers
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. Small clusters of bright color look cheery and create an undeniable summertime vibe.