Summertime, and the living is easy — or so the song goes. After a long, hard winter and a fickle spring, summer finally gives you the chance to get outside and enjoy some sunshine.
But you don’t have to spend all your time outdoors to enjoy the lighter, brighter days of summer. Just as you switch your clothes to a summer wardrobe, you can change your home’s look to suit the carefree, breezy days of summer. Here are some tried-and-true summer decorating ideas that will help make your home instantly look and feel lighter and brighter.
Start with Your Walls
One of the simplest and most effective ways to bring all the freshness of summer indoors is with a couple of coats of paint. Paint is a great option because you can lighten up a room for spring and summer with bright greens and yellows, or perhaps a pleasing pastel, and then transform it into an entirely different room for fall and winter. If you don’t want to commit to repainting an entire room, then use light, summery paint to cover just one wall or even a few small décor items.
Embrace the Accents
You don’t have to completely renovate your rooms; you can reinvent them with the right accent pieces. Swap out those darker winter throw pillows and table linens with some summer-friendly colors. Lighter-weight fabrics help carry out the summer theme, and consider storing that cozy winter rug in exchange for a lighter-colored and lighter-weight floor covering. Experiment beyond fabrics with natural materials like sisal, jute, and seagrass.
Give It a Pop
Small pops of color can have a big impact in any room. Look for ways you can bring just a touch of brightness to every room in the house, whether that means fresh, colorful flowers in the dining room, brightly colored serving dishes in the kitchen, or vibrantly colored soaps in the bathroom.
Create a Theme
It’s summer, so why not pick a summer decorating theme that you can enjoy until fall? Give your home a beachfront feel with accents like white linen curtains, throw pillows with tropical prints, or vases adorned with seashells. Bathrooms are a great place to celebrate summer, with shower curtains and towels adorned with pineapples or palm trees.
Take It Outside
This is the time you want to spend as much time as possible outdoors, whether it’s just you and your family or a weekend party with friends. Set the mood for summer by breaking out the bamboo torches, paper lanterns, and string lights. For your outdoor furniture cushions, choose super-bright colors and patterns that proclaim “summer fun.” (You may also consider giving your patio a complete summer makeover.)
Bring the Outside In
When you can’t be outside, you might as well look at ways to bring all the joys of summer inside. Plants, especially seasonal favorites like succulents, are an easy and natural way to bring a little bit of summer to your home. Plants are versatile and work in all styles, so you can never go wrong with a little touch of green.
When you’re ready to give your home a summer facelift, CORT Furniture Rental can help. With summer home décor like plants, rugs, and throw pillows, you can turn your cozy winter hideaway into a cool summer retreat.