Hotter air outside calls for airier rooms inside! Here’s 15 ways to refresh your home for summer. With the arrival of some serious heat outdoors, it’s time to swap out those heavy layers at home to make way for brighter, airier rooms with these summer home decor ideas. I know some people that actually switch up their home decor with every season—from adding more colorful pillows to even switching up their furnishings. But if you’re looking for decor ideas that won’t require a full home makeover keep reading and seeing the pretty design tweaks.
I’ve teamed up with interior design service Modsy to round up 15 decor ideas for summer that are sure to do the trick!
Summer Home Decor Ideas
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Bring In Plants And Blooms
Nothing beats a healthy dose of leafy greenery and fresh flowers for giving your home an airy look and feel. Spread them across rooms on counters, windowsills, and side tables for a pop of color that also brings the outdoors in.
Let That Light Shine
This may seem like a no-brainer, but one of the easiest (and cheapest) summer home decor ideas is to open your windows and let that sunlight in! This is an easy way to lighten and brighten your rooms and make them appear more spacious and open.
An Array Scented Candles
Just as you would during the winter, add candles that have a light, fresh scent throughout your home—think kitchen counter, bathroom, bedside table, and even your fireplace mantel.
Hang Art With Summer Vibes
It’s summer, so you should always be close to the beach! Be it an ocean landscape painting or beach photographs, adding art that’s evocative of the season will create a relaxed focal point that eases up a space and expands the view in a room.
Make Mirror Magic
Mirrors can seriously be magic and totally transform a space. Add a large mirror to any room to help reflect more light and create an illusion of more space. On a smaller scale, mirrored pieces (like side tables or decorative objects) can also help spread light and add a touch of summer glimmer to your space.
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As natural as a summer tan, there’s no arguing that a natural fiber option is the top choice for a summer rug that’s both durable and stylish. The tight texture gives it an overall relaxed look and feel that has summer vibes written all over it. Check out Modsy’s natural fiber rug guide to find the right one for your space!
Work In Woven Accents
Traditionally used in indoor-outdoor verandas and often found in homes in the tropics, woven accents like rattan and wicker scream summer. Incorporate these classic summer textures into your home through furnishings and accents into and your space will instantly be transformed.
Loosen Up With Linen
Linen is the fabric of choice for summer wardrobes, so why not make it the fabric of choice for your home too? Linen is light and breathable and it gets softer with use, which makes it ideal for hot summer days. Shed those heavier winter layers by swapping in linen pillows, throws, bedding, and even slipcovers for seats!
Opt For Light Woods
Whitewashed or weathered woods have major beach-house appeal. Try a distressed wood side table or a white-painted bench or cabinet, which will balance out spaces with a laid-back vibe.
Look For Clear Pieces
Furnishings that use transparent materials like glass and acrylic are great for making a room feel airier, especially if you want to make a small space feel more open. Try adding an acrylic coffee table or a glass dining table. Even in a large room, these pieces can minimize visual clutter while also adding a modern edge.
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Play Up Blue and White
This classic color combo is both timeless and relaxed and will instantly infuse your rooms with a nautical vibe. Go big with an area rug or keep to small updates like pillows for a nice, crisp pop.
Max Out With Pastels
Love color but aren’t sure about turning up the brightness? Try layering in easy pastel hues, from soothing blues to pale pinks and soft greens. Whether in your pillows, a rug, or small accents, these delicate hues may be subtle but when combined these simple summer home decor ideas can pack a visual punch that’s just right.
Keep to Natural Wood Tones
Wood pieces that reveal natural graining capture that perfect rustic summer look. Try incorporating natural woods and nubby details for a touch of rich texture.
More Summer Home Decor Ideas
Pops Of Yellow
Bright colors like yellow can easily feel like a visual overload in a room, so use it strategically in small accents for a nice punch. A sunny-hued sofa, pillows, or even a simple vase can go along way to brighten up any neutral space.
Seek Out Multicolor Stripes
It’s a pattern that never goes out of style and is ideal for summer decor. Look for pieces with stripes in lots of different colors, such as the upholstery or cushion of an armchair, a rug, throw pillows, or a pouf, which will usher in the lively colors of summer.
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Modsy is a personalized home design solution that utilizes advanced 3D visualization technology to change the way consumers decorate and shop for their homes. Modsy designers create perfectly-scaled, 360-degree room renderings based on each customer’s individual style; complete with room layout, furniture, and decor recommendations. With Modsy, users can see how furniture and decor will look in their actual homes before they purchase, eliminating the guesswork from the buying process.
Style Expert Alison Deyette is a TV + digital host and Los Angeles stylist who was recently named one of the top stylists in Los Angeles by Variety, WWD, Angeleno and Modern Luxury magazines. As a stylist and fashion director, Alison has styled and directed photo shoots all over the world with models, celebrities and real women for a variety of magazines, including: Mode, Good Housekeeping, People Style Watch, Woman’s Day, Ocean Drive, Real Beauty and Fitness. And she’s styled Oprah’s Weight Watchers commercials. She appears regularly on Good Morning America, TODAY, Access Hollywood, Access Hollywood Live, Wendy Williams, The Real, and The View and is the Style Expert for KTLA’s Morning News. She’s conducted countless celebrity interviews including Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson and Salma Hayek for TV and in print. Plus, she recently styled Oprah’s Weight Watchers commercials. And she’s hosted several web series that collectively have more than 100 million views.
When teamed up with her bestie Jesse Brune, they share fun tips from fashion to food to DIY and décor in their Super Easy videos on their Super Easy YouTube channel. You can tune into more happening with Jesse and Alison on their lifestyle blog and listen to their new Alternative Styles podcast on Apple podcasts or wherever you consume podcasts.